For the latest installment of my series of interviews with moms of large families, I had some questions about the details of day-to-day life. Ouiz, mom of (almost) seven and blogger at Chez Ouiz, was once again kind enough to answer my questions.
Q: How on earth do you handle all the laundry?! I can barely keep up with our load, and I only have two children so far. Any tips for how to handle it as our family grows?
Anyone who says they’ve got it all together and never get behind on the laundry are either supermoms or lying. Laundry is a never-ending, mind numbing task that makes me want to scream some days! When I am able to stay on schedule, here’s how I’ve had to break it down:
Monday: our (my husband and I) laundry, the baby’s laundry
Tuesday: our and the baby’s bedding
Wednesday: girls’ laundry
Thursday: girls’ sheets/bedspreads
Friday: boys’ laundry
Saturday: boys’ sheets/bedspreads
Sunday: DAY OF REST… NO LAUNDRY!!
That way, I’m not sorting through 8 people’s socks and underwear and trying to figure out what belongs to each child.
Each clothing hamper takes about two loads. I fold as soon as the dryer goes off, whenever possible. I hang up dressy clothing, and fold and hand the rest of the clothes to the appropriate child to put away.
Now the “dirty little secrets”:
I don’t believe in ironing… ever! That’s what the fluff cycle is for. If it’s still kinda wrinkly, I hang it up in the bathroom so the shower steam will smooth it out.
I don’t bother to separate into the appropriate “whites/colors/darks” categories (unless it’s extremely delicate or new). I wash everything in hot water and, surprisingly, have had very few “disasters” with colors that have bled.
Bathtimes are rough, because by the end of it all I’ve got 3 wet towels and washcloths, plus all the dirty clothing from 6 little kids who managed to get them awfully wet on the bathroom floor. I use said wet clothes to wipe down the bathroom floor, and then dump the whole mess into the washing machine for an evening load.
*IF* I keep to this schedule, I’m able to keep everything going efficiently.
Q: What about rooms — I assume each child doesn’t have his/her own room? Do the kids who share rooms get along pretty well? Sometimes I worry that our growing family will bee too cramped until we can somehow afford some sprawling McMansion!
Three boys in one room (10×12′), three girls in another (same size). My husband built bunk beds with a trundle bed underneath, so the littlest one in each room gets that one.
While *I* tend to worry that they don’t have enough space, to them it is a non-issue. More often than not, they want to sleep in the same twin beds together! For them it is much safer, and less scary, to have someone else with them in their rooms at night.
Thanks again to Ouiz for taking the time to answer all my questions about life in a big family!