Creating Order- Day 7 of a 20 day challenge

Creating Order PSD copyI have given myself the challenge of trying to create more order in my life. There are areas where I manage well and others where I fail dismally and cause me stress. I would love nothing more, than to have routines and habits that enable life to just flow better. I am hoping that by posting everyday the various areas that need I feel improvement, that it will keep me accountable and I will achieve my to do list for once in my life. 

Tuesday’s theme is Tasks. Most of these are practical tasks, things that need doing. With it being November, Christmas will definitely feature, but there will be other tasks that need doing.
Today, is supposed to be Christmas shopping as my Tuesday task. But I have been instructed to give my foot a rest, so today is a day to be sitting…

I am swapping the tasks around- today we are tackling the laundry. 

Laundry mountains can be spectacular. With 5 people in the family, it is very easy for the laundry monster to make an appearance, and it’s not uncommon for our house to look like a Chinese laundromat!

 I don’t tumble dry my clothes. Even when I had two babies in cloth nappies (diapers), I still air dried them. In South Africa and the U.K., we used windi-dryers. 

  These use the natural elements of sun and wind to dry your clothes. Downside (especially in the UK) is it necessitates a dash outside when it starts to rain. 
In our apartment that we were living in in our first year in Japan, we weren’t allowed to hang our clothes up outside. The tumble dryer only seem to have one temperature- very hot- so I was even more loathed to put my clothes into it. 
The bathroom had two rails over the bath, so I started to hang my clothes up in there and so a routine was born. I also discovered that if I hang the shirts on coat hangers, they need a lot less ironing as I give them a good shake when I hang them up. 

We are allowed to hang things out of our current apartment, which is great. My ‘outdoor’space is a covered balcony, so I no longer have to rush out when it rains. 

So my routine:

Early Evening: 

  1. Put a load of washing on.
  2. Bring in the outdoor washing (on the drying rack and hangers)
  3. Fold and sort the washing. 
  4. Put washing into respective rooms. (Everyone puts their own clothes back into the cupboard.)

Late Evening: 

  1. Hang up new load of washing.
  2. Take outside (I currently do this in the morning as its getting colder, so the warmth of the house dries the clothes faster, and it helps to keep the house a little more humid.)

I am blessed with a lady who does my ironing for me, but if I had to include ironing on my routine, I would probably do it in an evening while watching a movie. I wouldn’t do it every day, unless I had a room where I could leave the ironing board out/ it folded down quickly. 

I would love to hear how you tackle your laundry mountain, because let’s face it, if we wear clothes, we have laundry. 

What a blessing! 

About Cheryl

I am a child of God, a wife and a mother of 4 children. Some days are good. Some days are frustrating. Some days are just plain insane. In between the mayhem, I loved to go for walks with our mutt, potter in the garden and enjoy the beauty that surrounded us. That all changed in August 2012 when we waved goodbye to our mutt and garden, our eldest at Uni in Gloucester and moved to Tokyo for 4 months. And yes- we are still here...
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1 Response to Creating Order- Day 7 of a 20 day challenge

  1. stephleo says:

    I am miserably losing the battle against the laundry monster. 5 person family here as well. The clothes in the washer right now, have been washed 4 times now because I keep forgetting them!!

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