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?