Winter washing

I know I’m getting very domestic…. the things that occupy your mind, and your time!

OK so the weather she is closing in, the days are chillier and the nights longer, which can only mean one thing…. the tumble dryer is working overtime!

So I’ve been trying to cut down on all our additional costs and next on my list is my beloved tumble dryer.  I don’t really know how I would have survived without it this last year! It literally saved my sanity! But the time has come to start cutting down on its use… weaning myself slowly off my lifeline.

And this is my plan!!!

I have decided to start washing in the late afternoon instead of every morning.  That way I can hang clothes on the radiators and on the clothes hanger in front of the radiator without:

  1. Making my house look like a chinese laundry
  2. my children putting my clean clothes on the floor
  3. playing with the clothes horse and getting it stuck on their head (true story!)
  4. and most importantly me not having to see it look untidy all day

And then I can get up each morning to clean and dry washing, all I have to do is fold and pack away during the day. And then start the process of hunting down all the dirties and packing the washer again!

I have also promises myself that IF (a big IF) the weather is sunny (although cold) and a little breezy I will put the hanger outside to get all the wetness off before bringing it in! I will also use the water heater cupboard to hang and dry formal/work shirts to reduce ironing!

That being said however I will NOT be getting rid of beloved, she will remain under the dining table where she lives for those emergency situations that always arise!

Or in case said “best laid plans” all fall to ruin!

How do you cope in winter with the washing…. teach this South African transplant something!

Mommy’s helper

So Jenna asked today what the laundry basket was for (one of her silly questions)?  I told her I was going to collect all the dirty washing and she continued to munch down on her Pita bread and cottage cheese lunch!

After finishing she grabbed the basket and toddled upstairs to start “helping”. After I finished feeding Carter and Tamsin I took them upstairs for their nap and my handy helper had put all the clothes from her room, Carters room and the bathroom in the basket. She then ran up to our room to bring down some of other clothes.

It made me wonder how often I underestimate how much the children understand and are capable of.  So here is the start of chores! It’s not that they don’t help out but I think it’s time to formalise it! Chore charts at the ready and here we go!

After all if the Obama children have to tidy their own rooms, make their beds and do their laundry I think mine can too!