START WITH A PLAN
Lately I am in the “JUST DO IT” phase. I procrastinate on so many trivial things, that actually when I do them they take seconds or just a few minutes.
My laundry is not over piled, it isn’t unorganized, and I have a schedule to do each person on their day.
The thing is, I will put it off all day long. Instead of throwing in the laundry I will wait until later in the afternoon, throw it in, switch it over and then complain around 8:00 pm that I still have laundry to put away.
Each day I have been getting over myself and starting to “JUST DO IT”. When 8:00pm rolls around I have been very pleased that my work is accomplished and I can relax with a book or TV show that I like.
ORGANIZE A SYSTEM
When I was tired of seeing all of my clean laundry not being put away and left in stacks all over the place, I decided to get a system in place. I read several books on organization and then put them into action.
Step 1: I read in the Duggar’s book “Multiple Blessings” that they have all of their laundry in one room and arranged by size and color.
So I went and bought a huge clothing rack and organized all of our clothes by size and color.
That eliminated the problem of nobody putting away the laundry.
Everyone can look for a color they want the night before and get their clothes out and ready.
Our closets are used for shoes, socks, toys, hampers etc. But not clothes.
Step 2: I arranged a chart to wash the clothes for each person, and I eliminated extras in our wardrobe. The boys have 5 of everything, pajamas, socks, pants, shirts and they have 2 church outfits. When they run out of clothes their wash day is usually the next day. For the little one’s, if they soil their clothes earlier, then I throw in what they need on someone else’s load.
That has eliminated piles of laundry.
Step 3: Finally, all of the items that go into our closets’ like pajamas, socks and underwear are put in each person’s washtub. It sits on the next rack behind our folding table.
I am a firm believer in having all of the elements to complete a job when necessary in the area. It eliminates steps and confusion. So we need an ironing board which is set up next to our wash basin and a table to fold clothes on.
That way everything is at hand and the laundry is not a problem.
This is a table that has all of the “extras” that we leave stored in the basement.
As you can see each person also has a laundry basket, on the day their laundry is done the basket gets emptied. If they want something special washed, it has to be in the basket. I ordinarily don’t do more than one load a day.
That way I am not overly stressed about unfolded laundry.
What do you procrastinate over in your daily routine?