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Time Saving Tips Blog Series

Time for a new series here on the ‘ol blog – have not done one in a really long time. So here it is!

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I have started to really take note of schedules in this house. Mainly because as much as I hate to say it – I am a creature of habit and it is easier for me to feel accomplished if I can get things done the same way always. I even complain about things never changing – and I like to make things exciting. In the end, habits always win.

Today we are going to talk laundry.

So fun, right? Well – that depends!

Some people love laundry, have very specific routines, sorting practices, drying beliefs, etc. You even have those that binge wash, those that throw away and by new (my friend once did this with socks cause she was tired of waiting for missing socks to appear), and then there are those of us who have just accepted the fact that there will always be laundry to do.

Here are a few time savers that I have come across – take them all, take some, or take none. I really don’t care – but I thought I would share since there are people searching for time saving tips on Pinterest. I know, I have seen the pins pop up in my feed.

1. Do not binge wash.
Nope, don’t even think about it. This makes you hate laundry even more, or waste precious time with your family that will be grown in the blink of an eye.  I have started doing a load every morning, and am debating on another load at night.  I start one when go upstairs to wake the girls for school in the morning. By the time they are out the door it is time to move it over to the dryer. Then I go downstairs, get my coffee (cup two sometimes) and bring it back upstairs (sneaking in some exercise there, #wycwyc) and sit down to check out some Pinterest happenings. This is in the hopes that I will find dinner ideas to use. If my youngest is up (el nino, per my father, after the crazy weather shift that is completely unpredictable), I end up staying downstairs to check my pins while she watches Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. Clarification – if she is watching Mickey I surf Pinterest, if she is not I put my phone down to play (This is the only time I check Pinterest during the week, for the record). Once the dryer is done I fold laundry and put it away. Done for the day. Unless of course I end up adding in that extra load at night.

2. Make your kids help.
I mean this in a couple different ways. I am not teaching my kids laundry yet. Doesn’t mean you can’t – it might be your answer to the laundry issues in your house. What I mean, is I make sure that when they take clothes off, they are to make sure everything is turned right side out, meaning the socks are not inside out, shirt arms are not inside the shirts, and underwear is not inside pants. This makes folding so much easier and cuts down on the time I take to do laundry. Now, if they are guilty of not doing this – they will have the clothes returned to them in their dirty laundry baskets. I will only do laundry that is given to me as I request. My husband is not someone I will fight with on this as I really do enjoy doing his laundry as an “act of service” for him. It is his Love Language and I really try to speak his language.

3. You gotta keep ’em separated.
I am funny about some of these things, and others I am not.  I always wash my husbands clothes separate due to his work. He is military and his uniform, pt clothes, and socks are all sweaty, dirty, and stink. I wash them on hot and this helps me to know that he always has clothes for work. If I were to split to them up they might not all get done and he could be without something he needed. I avoid this and it is easy to dump his stuff right in. My “delicate” items all get put in a separate dirty clothes bin so that I can wash them. It makes it easier to remember to not dry the bras, and I don’t have to fold these items as I put them in a drawer all their own – bonus on time savings right there. I also have my socks in this batch so that when I take them off they go in this smaller bin and have less of a chance to get lost. I wash towels by themselves so that I can wash them in hot and use some extra smell good stuff (Scentsy Washer Whiffs in White Tea & Cactus is my favorite). I don’t use the extra smell good stuff on everything as the delicate items don’t need it and neither do my husbands clothes. Plus, if need be I can do more than one load of towels in a day because folding them is pretty easy. Jeans and sweatshirts are also washed separate from the rest, but they can go together. I don’t like sweatshirt fuzzies getting everywhere and jeans can sometimes give other items a stain from the color. I suppose you could wash sweatshirts with towels, but again – total preference thing.  Last but not least – work out clothes. Those can all be separate so that you can wash them in hot to get rid of body funk. Some of these ideas seem time consuming, but it is so much easier to get things done when everything is alike.

4. Do each load once.
We have all been guilty of this. You waited too long to pull clothes from the dryer so now you have to keep fluffing them. You didn’t think about the laundry you started Friday until Monday morning and now you need to re-wash it cause it sat all weekend wet. Yuck. Not only does this waste time and set you behind, you are wasting water, electricity, and detergent and other products. So this one is a big whammy against time and money.  Plus the more washes your clothes go through the more they look worn.  Plus, getting in the routine of Step #1 – you can help yourself avoid this issue all together.

5. Buy smarter.
This mainly pertains to socks. Socks are a huge topic when it comes to laundry. Where the heck do they go? Despite what your belief is, they disappear and it will always end up this way. I have had sock bins that I throw all my socks into and wait until it gets full, or kids run out and then sit in front of the tv, or on the bed with my hubby and have a sock matching party. I can tell you we never match them all. You can put them all in a bin after you wear them so they only have one place to be – this is what I do for mine. OR you can do what I learned from the military. They guys all wear a sock for PT and then one for work. They even have different colors for different uniforms (dress, when they are here, when they are deploying, etc.) The  point is though – all their socks are the same.  So this way if any go missing you can just pair the single sock with a sock that previously lost its pair and make it work! I decided to work my kids socks smarter like this. I buy each kid the same style of sock in bulk. Each kid has a different size foot, so I can even get the same style for each kid and not worry about who’s are who’s.  If one goes missing, there is always another in the next batch that will need a match. Plus, this cuts down on needing to sit and concentrate to match socks since they all are the same. I only have to look at size, which is pretty easy to do when I lay them out on the bed.

These steps are time saving, and actually money saving and sanity saving! I know that this won’t work for everyone, and to each their own. I just know that this has cut down on having to do a lot of laundry on a weekend, and it also starts my morning off with a habit that allows me to fee productive first thing in the morning. Fresh laundry smell will put anyone in a good mood!

Now that you have read this – what are some of your tips?

 

 

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And Go!

Today was a better day. It started off much better than some I have had over the last couple weeks. Those rough times were some things that were out of my control and some were completely from my own doing. I don’t like that feeling cause it is now something that I cannot change, but have to deal with. Its hard to deal with something that you know you shouldn’t have done, but didn’t see it the exact same way when it happened. I am thankful for second chances that come with changes to never repeat the past.

And go! I move forward with memories, but not constantly looking back over my shoulder. We can only be better by not forgetting, but not dwelling, and always learning.

I got up this morning and made the bed so I wouldn’t get back in it. I made myself coffee and drank it while I made my husband’s from he Keurig he bought me for Christmas. I know it was something I wanted, but I think he likes it as well.

The kids got up one by one, all before they actually needed to be up. This is impressive, but I am hoping that doesn’t mean we will have catastrophic meltdowns later. Bailey was in great humor all morning and played so well I was able to get a jump start on my work so I could finish earlier than normal and enjoy some time writing. I like blogging for myself and I like blogging for clients – but when I can’t even get creative with my own words, it is impossible to do it for others. True story.

I was able to pop in a DVD and workout for the first time in a while. This is due to my own sheer laziness of not wanting to get out of bed. At. All. Seriously. I picked Brazil Butt Lift. I have laughed and laughed at the idea of this workout for so long. I didn’t ever do it because I knew I would feel silly. Once it started I couldn’t help but laugh. The instructor is too much. The kids enjoyed watching me, and I stopped laughing shortly after it started because I knew that while he sounded silly, it was no joke. My thighs burn. Getting my shake this afternoon when I stopped working – ouch. Stairs will not be my friend tomorrow either I am sure of it.

She is still napping now and I am able to get in some writing, but soon I will need to be outside to enjoy some vitamin D and get my kids off the bus. I like to be out there before the bus even comes down our road. Silly, I know. I just like to be there so it isn’t a last minute thing of “oh crap the kids are home!” type of thing.  I think Bailey likes to get out and play with me before the big kids get home too. She usually gets about 45 minutes to play alone and with the dog. That is until he runs away exploring like he always does. This leads to me having a heart attack cause I can’t find him and he won’t come home until I have called him no less than 31 times. Dang dog.

4:30 brings homework time and then dinner making time. I try to get these things all wrapped up by 6:15 so that they can get a shower and about 30 minutes of reading in before getting to bed between 7:00 and 7:30. Seems early, but they have to get up early for the bus and I hate horrible mornings. I do. So I suck up the weekdays that my kids go to bed early so that they are fully rested. I get my time on the weekend when they are running around like animals being crazy.

This weekend is Valentine’s Day as you all know – and I got them each little bags of stuff. Nothing major since I have been making $100 from my husband stretch like crazy. I got them a few odds and ends from the Dollar General. I am sure half of it will be forgotten and left around to be thrown away and stepped on. I just know that they will be happy the day that they actually get it though and it is all that matters.

I have some things I want to do for the husband. I didn’t spend much but I think that I what I do have for him will mean something more than a store bought whatever he doesn’t really want anyways.  Plus getting to spend time with him is well worth every bit of everything.

What are you planning to do this weekend?

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Almost There

Almost there.

We are almost to Thanksgiving. This year the dinner is being picked up on a Wednesday from Alaska Dinner Factory so that I can just throw it in the oven on Thursday.  I wont’ have to stress. I already have enough so this is perfect. I won’t have to worry about throwing away leftovers that would live in my frig as Nick ate them for the next week.  I have to clean that thing out for a final inspection and hate the idea of putting more things in it right now.

Almost to the kids last week of school. They will get a packet of school work to do while they are in transit. I bet Abby will zoom through it within a week and Ryley will protest it the whole way.

Almost to my last day in the office. Kind of bittersweet. Mainly because it won’t really be my last day of work – just for now and until I get internet in Georgia. I won’t have my team with me, but they won’t be that far.

Almost to my 34th birthday.

Almost to my mother-in-law and brother-in-law flying in to fly out with my kids in tow.

Almost to a drive across the country to see family and friends.

Almost to our once home of 9 years.

Almost to our new home for next 3 years.

Almost there.

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