From Chaos to Calm: Day 68
Scripture Memory: “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.” Revelation 22:14
Laundry. I don’t know about you, but laundry often feels like the bane of my existence. Mismatched sock? Please. I was so happy when my girls decided that the latest fashion was to wear socks that were different colors.
Okay, so there are ways to make the work of keeping up with the laundry easier on your schedule and mental health.
Here are a few tips:
1. Teach your children to place dirty clothes into a basket or hamper as soon as they take them off.
2. Teach your family members to fold their socks together so that they go into the washing machine at the same time. Just be sure to un-fold them before you throw them in.
3. Treat stains immediately—or as soon as possible. Also, check to be sure stains were removed before you put the clothes into the dryer to prevent stains from becoming set.
4. Don’t over-stuff the washing machine. Clothes need adequate space to move around to get clean.
How to Keep Up with the Laundry
For most women, washing one or two loads of laundry each day of the week will keep the pile down to a reasonable minimum. I know some women prefer to wash all of the laundry on a certain day of the week and if this works for you, great! But for most of this, the one-day method presents problems.
I generally suggest you add laundry chores into your daily plan of action. In the morning, start a load in the wash. As soon as it has completed, start another and switch the wet load into the dryer or hang on the line. Then, as soon as that load has washed and dried, switch it again and fold the dry clothes immediately.
Remember how we have talked about self-discipline? Well, laundry is one of those chores that really requires self-discipline. There are a lot of well meaning women who end up with several loads of laundry piled on the kitchen table or on the couch waiting to be folded for several days before they get around to folding them. Clothes that are let to cool in a pile for days become wrinkled, and unkempt looking—which creates more work in the end.
Also, it’s important to put away the folded clothes immediately. Train your children to neatly put their clothes into the appropriate drawers or hang them in their closets instead of tossing them on the bed or worse—the floor.
If you struggle with laundry, ask God to give you the strength to get it done. And just do it!