Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Works-For-Me Wednesday - The Classics

Shannon over at Rocks in My Dryer is doing a Works-For-Me - Classics Edition today. So we were encouraged to search through our WFMW's for our best entry. I don't know how "classic" something can be when I've only been blogging since June, but this idea seemed to draw posiitve comments and it really does work for me, so I'll re-post it here.

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!


Pass the Torch said...

Excellent tip about the different brands thing. Really excellent. I think I should do that with socks. If I just got my daughter colored socks and my son white, voila!

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The Wooden Porch said...

Sounds like a great idea, thanks for the tip!

Raskell Party of 8 said...

Wow, who would have thought there were really easy ways to deal with things. I am constantly checking tags for sizes and asking "Giovanni's or Calebs?" I love your blog!