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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

speedy laundry depot

In my home, there is often a vast divide between doing the laundry and actually getting it put away.  It isn't too hard to load up the washing machine, or even to hang the clothing out on the line or plop it in the dryer.  But, somehow, I seem to have difficulty with actually putting it away.  Many days, it is just too easy to just pile it in the laundry basket to be dealt with "later." 


Today, I remembered the old Flylady mantra, "If you make it fun, it will get done."  I piled up a couple of loads of laundry on the loveseat and then issued a challenge:  Whoever's stack was highest at the end of four minutes would win the contest.   The rules?  All items must be folded neatly or placed on hangers and stacked in an assigned pile.  When we were done folding and stacking, it was time to race!

Ready, set, go!  We each grabbed one item of laundry and ran it to the room in which it belonged, putting it away.  Charging down the hall to fetch another shirt, towel, or sock ball, we would run into one another, leap over the dog, or stumble across the sliding rug.  Even Katie got in on the fun, shuttling laundry from the couch to the bedroom (floors!). 

We put away two or three loads of laundry in ten minutes, tops, and had a great time doing it.  All of Alex's clothes were put away, towels are stacked (semi)neatly in the bathroom, and socks are actually matched and rolled.

Go Mom!

10 comments:

  1. What a great idea! Now if only my husband would play this haha! :)

    I'm a new follower from Follow Me Chickadee!

    ps - I put your button on my blog! I have a feeling I will be coming back often for your recipes and tuts! :)

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  2. Hi! Following you from the Tuesday blog hop! I Hope you visit my Cajun blog and return the follow!
    - Jessica @ http://cajunlicious.com

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  3. I'm following from Totally Tuesday.

    Cute blog!

    www.mommyoftwolittlemonkeys.com

    Amanda

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  4. Laundry? Fun? Great job making a game of it and getting it done. :)

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  5. Now that's a fun idea - my family would love that! new follower from Fun Tuesday Hop.
    http://www.mccormickmadness.com

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  6. Stopping by from FMBT to say hello and follow.
    Have a great day!
    POSH
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  7. Awesome. Laundry is the worst!!! I'm following you from Hop A Little Tuesday and I'd love it if you'd link up for my new blog hop, Tasty Thursdays. You can enter to win a $10 Gift Card to the Food Network Store. Hope to hop with you tomorrow!
    The How To Mommy
    http://www.thehowtomommy.com

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  8. Ha every chore I do has to be fun or I don't do it! Found you at the Tuesday Blog Hop, and glad I did am a happy new follower :).

    www.marleeindebt.blogspot.com

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  9. Happily following you from the blog hop and would love for you to consider following me back. Thanks, Malia
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    Connie from Girl Tech Divas is your newest fan from the Tuesday Blog Hop. Would love it if you can hop by www.girltechdivas.com and follow back!

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