When John was deployed I adopted all kinds of new coping methods for single parenting. Number one, I stopped bathing the kids. Hell, it was winter and they weren't too dirty, right?
But the other thing I started doing has changed everything for me. I stopped folding my kids' clothes. I am pretty good at starting the laundry and even pretty good at getting it into the dryer. After that, all hell breaks loose. I H.A.T.E. folding and H.A.T.E. (even more) putting the laundry away. Laundry would sit around in piles for days....weeks, even. I would move the piles around and dig through them for clothes and move them again.
So I decided to embrace my inner laziness. I no longer mixed any kid clothes in with our clothes. In fact, I got each kid their own hamper and only washed the clothes in that hamper in a load. Each kid had their own load of laundry done. And, here is where it gets good. I stopped folding the kids clothes. Seriously, this is just so perfect I can't believe they don't teach you this the minute you pop out a kid. Why the HELL do those little pants need to be folded?? They don't! I'm telling you. The minute you put them on a kid, they are instantly covered in snot, food, marker, juice.... I mean what is the point!? And they are definitely less wrinkled than when I used to just dump them in a laundry basket and ignore them for a week....
Each time a child's hamper was full, I dumped it in, washed, dried and then dumped it right onto their bed. Since I'm not lazy enough to put a kid to bed on top of laundry, this forced me to get it put away before bedtime. And then I would just open the shirt drawer and put the shirts in. UNFOLDED. I mean, I would stack them, usually. Open the pants drawer, in go the unfolded pants. Y'all. I have never, ever been so on top of laundry in my entire life. No more toting away from the dryer, dumping, folding, stacking, moving cycle!
When I do the grown-up laundry, there are no kid clothes mixed in. It just seems more manageable. Not a giant pile full of small, unmatched socks.
So, the next thing I need to do is to learn how to embrace my inner laziness with the photo organizing New Year's Resolution, which so far, has completely not happened AT ALL.
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