How to keep up with laundry

A few weeks back my friend Kim and I had a conversation about keeping up with all of the household chores….and working….and taking care of the children….homework…dinner….etc… know how long the list is.  I have always completely detested the laundry…washing…drying….folding…and then ugh….yes…then putting it away….not sure why that is the worst part….but it is.

Well…this year…I started a new system….and it works so well for me…that when I told Kim about it…she agreed that maybe I should post about it.  As a working mother…working four full days a week…and managing to keep up with the laundry for two adults and four children…can be a huge challenge….so this is what works for me:



The very first thing I do when I get out of bed in the morning is bring one load of laundry downstairs and put in in the washing machine.  I put the laundry on the quick cycle…this way it is in the dryer in 20 minutes (on my machine).

As it is washing I am obviously getting everyone up and out for school…..

When the laundry is ready…I put it in the dryer…and I make sure that it is dry before I walk out of the house for work.  It usually is….although I may have to leave it on for another 15 minutes before I leave…..check the lint trap after every cycle…and clean out the lint!

When the laundry is dry…..I go back down and fold all of the towels and separate my husband’s laundry and my oldest’s laundry.  I have no real reason for this…..well maybe I do……the towels immediately go in the linen closet…..I bring up Zach’s (my oldest…and he puts his away…later that day of course…or the next….or it stays on his chair).  My husband’s laundry comes upstairs…..and that goes away.

Now the rest of the stuff…mine and the other three.  If I have time…I fold before I leave for work.  If not….during homework later that day I fold what is left….which really is not that much at this point.  I make four piles….put back in the laundry basket…and leave at the bottom of the stairs going up to their bedrooms.  Now this next part is the most important for me:

EVERYTIME I GO UPSTAIRS….I TAKE SOME LAUNDRY WITH ME….JUST A LITTLE BIT EACH TIME SO IT DOES NOT STRESS ME OUT…AND I PUT THAT AWAY.  By the end of the night the laundry is away…and I never have piles of laundry waiting for me to wash, fold and put away.

Hope this was helpful…


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About Kim

My name is Kim Marino and I have been practicing as a licensed speech and language pathologist since 1993. I work on Long Island providing diagnostic evaluations and services to children from birth to age 21. My experience is vast and am proud to say that I work with children that may present with articulation and phonological concerns, oral motor feeding concerns, Down Syndrome feeding, cognitive rehabilitation, auditory processing delays, receptive language delays, cleft palate feeding and sound development and expressive language delays. Most importantly, I am the mother of four amazing children and am happily married to my childhood sweetheart. I feel blessed to have my four children and so lucky to share this journey in life with my husband. I always had it somewhere in my head that I wanted to develop a blog or a website of some sort so that I could provide families with an additional that parents could help their little ones become a better communicator. And as I was developing this blog....I realized that I also needed to share the stories about my life and my children....and the funny things along the way that help to keep me smiling. Whether you are a working mother or not...finding balance between home, children and life can be a challenge....I hope that my blog helps to bring a smile to your face..and also some tools to help you help your little or big one. I hope you enjoy! Kim
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