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Maintaining Your Sanity
by: Terry Lowery
Keeping Your Home Organized Pt.3

Finally, the last stages of maintaining your organizationÖ and you thought this section would never come!

Maintaining the Laundry

I recommend doing laundry daily, depending on the size of your family. If you have at least 3 kids, do some every day. For example: baby laundry is handled differently than adult laundry. You shouldnít use fabric softener for baby laundry, but itís fine to use with adultsí clothes. So choose a day to do only baby laundry. Choose a different day to do adult laundry. Do your oldest childís laundry on a given day (maintain that day on a weekly basis), your next childís laundry the following day, etc. If you keep up on it, it wonít become a Mt. Vesuvius and overwhelm your home again.

If you find laundry tedious, sort and pre-treat while youíre watching TV, for example. It takes moment to pluck a piece of clothing out and check it for stains, squirt it with pre-treater, and then put it in the dirty basket, ready for the wash. Folding can be done the same way. Once itís folded, I recommend putting it on the recipientís bed (not in the basket). This way, it must be put away before retiring for the night and you wonít live from a laundry basket full of clean clothes.

If you have things that need ironing, do it when the laundry is clean and hang it up. Be done with the task and make sure that clean, ready-to-wear shirts or blouses are smiling at you when you walk in the closet in the morning.

This is easier said than done, I understand. But what Iíve discovered is that if you put your home on a schedule, things wonít overwhelm you. Youíll know that vacuuming will be done on one day and that laundry will be done on another. Youíll not resent walking in to the bathroom, because it will make you smile to see a shiny sink when you turn on the light. And youíll know that YOU are special enough to have a clean bathroom, not just the company that comes to visit.

Youíll have peace of mind knowing that if a package comes to your door, you wonít kill yourself getting to it and wonít be ashamed to throw the door open for the UPS guy or mail carrier.

Most of all, youíll have the appreciation of your family, and youíll know that youíre setting up good habits for your children to observe and repeat in their own homes. No matter what the Mastercard ads say, THAT is priceless.

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