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Wash. Dry. Fold. Repeat. CLUNK.

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{The CLUNK is my head hitting the washing machine at the thought of doing more laundry, sound familiar?}

Do you know I used to SORT my laundry before having kids.  I had a white bin and a color bin and a red & pink bin.  Three bins, people.  For sorting.  Laundry.  Now my daughter’s bin has a left over pull-up in it from last night, my bin is overflowing out of the closet down into the hallway, and if I had to tell you the color of our laundry room floor to save my life I’d be toast.  Laundry breeds while we sleep in this house.  2 kids good for at least 2 outfit changes a day plus pajamas not counting swim and dance lesson changes + 1 Hubby who sweats so much after a run he has a “cool down” change of clothes before the shower + 1 ME who goes from nighttime pajamas into daytime pajamas yoga clothes on the reg.  That’s a whole lotta laundry folks and we are only 4 people.  I’m a culprit for leaving laundry piled for days, too.  I just close the door and pretend it’s not there.  Sometimes the kid’s mistake it for a fort (or a bed.)

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Do you have similar experiences in your house? I’m partnering with Seventh Generation to give the person with the funniest laundry picture $50 worth of Seventh Generation detergent (that should last you a long time!)  Post on the Misadventures in Mommyhood Facebook page and simply tag @SeventhGeneration.  Get your friends to like your picture and the one with the most likes on Saturday, 31st around 12pm EST will win.  In the meantime check out these three tips I’ve learned over the years to try and slay Mt. Saint Laundry:

1. Enlist your kids.

I’ve been getting my 4 year old involved in folding the smaller things and lucky enough she loves it.  She takes great pride in matching up the corners and she’s actually getting really good at it.  Lollipops also help.

2. Use the same detergent for every load.

Our 2 year old has very sensitive skin but with Seventh Generation Liquid Detergent everyone in the family is protected with natural ingredients (97% come from renewable plant based sources) that actually work.  Psst: Did you know Artificial (or Optical) brighteners are present in most other detergents on the market – even those also called Free & Clear.  Optical brighteners are synthetic chemicals that make fabrics appear to glow in the presence of ultraviolet light. They don’t have anything to do with getting things clean –they’re only added to detergents to make us think our laundry is brighter and whiter.

3. The Quinn Household is typically where socks come to get divorced.  But we put a bin up on our laundry room wall to collect socks while they wait for their spouses to come crawling back and it helps with the separation process.  Create sock puppets out of the ones that never find their mates.

-MIM-

 

 

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