Surrounded by piles of laundry I sit on the floor watching whatever I found on Netflix late at night. Pick up, fold, place down in precariously perched piles of cotton.
There has got to be a better way, I thought.
I cheekily post a photo on Instagram asking if it get easier, if the piles get smaller, if the loads lessen. They do not.
The next day I made a decision. Concocted an experiment. I removed half of the clothing from each of my children's wardrobes, placed them in the closet for temporary storage, and breathed a sigh of relief.
Further instructing my children to assess the cleanliness of their clothing after they've worn it. Anything that wasn't visibly soiled or smelling rank could be folded and placed back in the drawer for another day's use.
Much to my surprise, my little experiment worked.
At the end of the first week instead of the usual 4 loads of laundry, we had just one (Brad and I already have a very limited wardrobe and re-wear often). One simple, little load of laundry for the whole family.
I folded the contents of the basket within a few short minutes, standing over the dryer while Theodore tumbled around in some fresh sheets next to me. Then I put away Theodore's clothes and the other kids took care of their own. The whole ordeal, washing, drying, folding, putting away lasted little more than 2 hours. A massive improvement from what used to take days.
If ever there were reason to start a minimal wardrobe for little ones, this really can't be topped. It's been 3 weeks now and we haven't run in to any issues at all!