Thursday, July 13, 2006

Tip #1: The Laundry

Assalm alykom:

I decided to offer a tip each week or so on my blog. These tips are related to my ability to maintain my religion, homeschooling, houseduties, my children and my sanity. I found in the beginning, homeschooling can be quite overwhelming with all my other duties as a wife and mother. I have found a few tips along the way that have made my whole homeschooling experience much easier. Therefore, here is the first one:

The Laundry
Laundry can be quite overwhelming in a large family. It is even more so when you homeschool. When I first started out, I always found myself with laundry all over my living room. Half of it folded and ready to be put away. The other half would be waiting for me to have time to fold it. Then, there was the mounds of it in the garage still waiting for me to wash. Something had to be done. I could not keep going like this. What I first did was lower my standards about the laundry. It was never being put away because I did not like how my children would put it away. Well, after lowering my standards, I put my children to work with the laundry. My washer and dryer is in our garage. I found a laundry sorter at Wal-mart. My son is responsible for sorting his clothes according to color. My older daughter sorts hers and her sisters. I sort my clothes and my husbands. After the clothes go through the wash, I fold them and put them in a laundry basket. My children then pick up their baskets and put the clothes away themselves. My son does his own, my older daughter puts hers and her two younger sisters' clothes(they are all in one room), and I put my husbands' clothes and mine. Now, I no longer have clothes waiting to be folded and put away. I try to do one load a day and the children put them away about every two to three days. The clothes are not always put away they way I would like, but at least they are not all over my living room. They are also learning to be responsible for the house duties. I had another problem and that is with matching up sock for six people. I will save that for tip #2.


Interested Reader said...

al salam alaikum

Thanks for the tip. We don't have a w/d, so I wash and dry our clothes once a week in the laundry room of our apt complex. Therefore, washing and drying isn't a problem, but the mound of clothes (usually ~4 loads) that need folding/putting away, is another story. Any ideas? I usually end up doing it late at night or right before fajr *yawn*.

Banu said...

assalamu alaikum Ummnour, is great when kids can really help out in the house.. When Riyaadh wanted to start doing laundry I was so mad with him for delaying my chores but alhamduillah now he is doing a pretty good job. Continue to keep them busy insha Allah.
ma salaama

Um Nour said...

Assalm alykom Interested reader:

Years ago, I used to live in an apartment and also did my laundry in the community laundry mat. This is b4 kids so it was much easier. They had folding tables in there and I would fold all my clothes b4 I came back to the apartment. I would seperate them at that time in the appropriate basket. Folding them when they are hot from the dryer can make a world of difference in keeping the clothes wrinkle free. Then when you return to your apartment they are all folded and can be put away anytime. I do not know your set up. Maybe it is not possible to fold them first.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the tip.
pls do continue sharing them.
i have two toddlers and one infant,and laundry is a huge task for me.
More so bcoz,i am not able to get really clean clothes through the washing machine,so i have to brush off all the mess, and then put them in the w.m.
umm s