Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Sheet For Keeping Track Of CLEAN Sheets

Our bathroom project is going much slower than expected. I'll share some of the reasons why in a "how far we've gotten" post sometime next week. Currently we are still in the demo phase and keeping our fingers crossed that we might have the house back in order for Thanksgiving. Today let's move on to something a little bit cleaner.

Honestly, I'm not sure how often or how many times everyone's sheets got washed during our first year as a family of seven. I tried...I really did. And maybe that is why our laundry system became so streamlined. Simply so that I could also have time to wash all of the many loads of bedding! 

Our kids are at an age where we still deal with wet bed sheets not to mention when the flu sweeps through and the poor kiddos have upset stomachs. Needless to say, it felt like I was always washing sheets on top of simply trying to keep a normal cycle.


It was only 16 months after living as a family of seven that I finally came up with a system that has been working for us. Every other Saturday we wash everyone's bedding (we used to do it on Sundays hence the dates listed on the chart that I haven't changed yet.)

With so many beds to change I finally made a simple checklist for each person's bed.


The great part is that if someone needs their sheets changed a few days early (ex. little man gets the stomach flu) then I can mark him off as done and not forget about it and end up re-washing the sheets a few days later. This makes a huge difference when so many beds are involved.


Because it is a checklist I am usually eager to check it off...so remembering the system hasn't been a problem yet. Plus it is great for days where I don't quite get to everyone's bedding. I can check off that I did all of the girls beds on the 17th and then check off the rest the day later once I get the rest of the sheets clean.

It may seem simple but it totally makes a difference for this frazzled mommy's brain.

I keep the chart on the back of our upstairs hallway door.


Originally I laminated the list and used a white board marker to check things off. I'm not exactly sure why I did that. It makes it fun and durable to do it this way but since I'll eventually have to create a new sheet with new dates I think I'll just go with a pen & paper next time around.

How often do you wash bed sheets in your home? Do you have a system to help remember when it's time to throw in the sheets...so to speak?


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10 comments:

  1. You could keep your list and just update the dates.

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    1. Keturah,

      That would be a great idea on how someone could adapt this chart.

      ~Sarah

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  2. I usually wash the sheets in the master bedroom (our bed and the baby's bed) one week and the sheets from the kids' room (3 beds) the next week. So each bed gets changed 2x each month. I think it would be easier to do them all at once, but that would mean two extra loads in one day and that's just not going to happen :)

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    1. Allyson,

      I think your system is great!

      ~Sarah

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  3. Oh the joy of laundry. It started out such a struggle, then I started praying as I folded. What ever was in my hand, I prayed for that person. It became one of my favorite things to do, early in the morning and late at night, when I could express my thanks for our blessings and reflect and listen to what God was saying. I never actually stayed caught up, but I didn't HATE it any more. My nest is empty now but I still pray while I fold the laundry.

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  4. I do something similar but with just a printed 8x11 piece of paper. it is a spreadsheet style. across the top row are items (master sheets, boys room sheets, mattress covers, pillow covers, bedspreads, pillows etc.) then down the left side is the month. I print it out and keep it on my counter in my laundry room. Each month i have the "to-do" check as you mentioned, with the bead spreads and mattress covers etc, being done every other month or so. A full year on just one sheet. It works for more than just laundry, you can keep track of whatever monthly (or quarterly etc) chores you need to do, windows, even vacuuming. I only have two boys but even remembering when i gave them their last bath (or MINE!) is a pain, so I have a calendar hanging in their bathroom and each time they have a bath, I put their initial in the day. Wish we had set days for baths but with activities/sports/work etc, we've had to be flexible

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    1. Great idea with the spreadsheet! I totally understand the bath thing...I had to start scheduling them on my phone calendar so that we wouldn't forget. :-)

      ~Sarah

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  5. I have a calendar on it and for each day there is something for laundry. My oldest son is 13 and can do his own laundry. So that cuts down to just my husband and I and our youngest son. On Monday's we wash our the youngest son's sheets one week and blanket the next and alternate that way. On Tuesday's we do the same thing with our sheets and blankets. Wednesday's are towels. Thursday is my oldest son's day to do his laundry. Friday we do the youngest son's. Saturday is mom and dad's laundry and then Sunday is the oldest son's blankets and sheets. It works for us and doesn't seem like such a big deal when it is just part of the plan.

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  6. I have 5 kids. At the age of 8, they have to start doing their own laundry. Each one gets a laundry day which they start before school in the morning and put into the dryer as soon as we get home. I have three kids who are doing their own laundry once a week. This has actually made them aware of unnecessary changing of clothes so they don't have to wash extra. I do my two youngest kids laundry, my own, the towels, and the sheets. I do all the bedding in the house every other weekend and we all help make all the beds together. Our family motto is "We work together so we can play together". The kids understand that when it comes to keeping up the house, we all have to help. The sooner we finish, the sooner we can play a game or go to the park or just have free time.

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