Wednesday, July 26, 2006

WFMW



Gotta love Wednesday, when you can head over to Rocks in My Dryer and find hundreds of great ideas, tips & advice to make life easier.

Here's my WFMW for this week. It has to do with laundry, since we're always doing laundry. Always, always, always.

There are five children in our family; five dirty clothes generators - that's works out to be a lot of underwear and socks! My two girls are close in age (13 & 11) and my guys are 9, almost 7 & 4 1/2. Here's how I make sorting clean laundry easier.

For my girls: I try to buy different brands of underwear & socks for each one. Not just different styles or colors, but different brands. For instance, one of the girls wears Hanes and the other, Fruit of the Loom. So constantly checking the tags or holding them up to see which is bigger isn't necessary. Just one look at the brand and put them in the right pile.

For the guys: Just so happens my older two guys are essentially the same size, so to avoid undue laundry-sorting stress I have them wear totally different styles of underwear and socks. For instance, one guy wears regular briefs and the other one wears boxer-briefs; one guy wears ankle socks and the other wears crew - all different at a glance. (The littlest guy still has underwear with superheroes, cartoons or cars on them so they're easy to pick out.)

That's my tip. Many of you probably figured this out long ago. I'm still a little slow with these things, but this works for me!

15 comments:

Susanne said...

Great idea! Very creative and simple to implement!

Joy said...

Very good idea!! I need to do this, and soon!
Blessings.

Overwhelmed! said...

Great idea! So, do they get to pick out their own stuff? :)

Thanks for checking out my WFMW tip!

Mieneke said...

I would not have thought of this! Good idea!

Mama Duck said...

Good idea! Happy Wednesday, ours is up as well!

GranolaGirl12 said...

Very clever. And no fighting amongst the children on whose whose!

Beck said...

That is a REALLY good idea. I have an older girl, a middle boy, and a baby girl, so sorting underwear isn't hard here - but it would really work for families with more kids!

Nikkie said...

Great idea! I wouldn't have thought of this on my own!

Gina said...

Great idea on the brands and style. I sorted by colors, but I like this idea better. I think I'll try it, that is if the kids don't fight over who gets the crew socks and breifs. :)

The Roaming Southerner said...

This is a great idea...I am definately going to pass this on to my sister in law who has 3 boys and a girl...its tough to sort out laundry for those boys.
Please feel free to check my link...though my WFMW is not as practical as yours.
http://roamingsoutherner.blogspot.com

Kaci said...

While I only have one little one so far, I actually do this to a certain extent. I tired quickly of matching 4 different types of socks for 3 different people. Now it is simple -- Mr. Right has ONE kind of white socks, I have ONE kind of white socks, as does Halfpint. Makes matching a breeze!

Cheri said...

Ah I totally do this too, and it IS such a time saver...sanity saver! Looking forward to more WFMW's with you!

Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

That's a great idea! I have my WFMW up too!

Janice (5 Minutes for Mom) said...

that is so funny. i have never had to think about this problem. there is just my son, my hubby and me - and there are no mixing up those underwear and socks!

Michelle said...

Those are great ideas on how to sort laundry quicker with 5 kids in the house!