Laundry Day


Confession: I have a terrible time keeping up with the laundry.  We honestly do at least one load every day, but by Saturday morning each week, I am faced with a mountain of laundry to get through.  I guess that’s just how it goes when you have kids and jobs and messy chores.  So when Saturday morning comes, it’s time to sort the piles and get to work.  This morning as I came back in from the chicken coop, I was thinking how exciting it was to have such a bright, sunny day and temperatures that should be well above 40 degrees FINALLY!   As I pulled the first load of laundry from the washer (the first round of kids’ bedding), I thought that soon summer will be here and I will once again start using our outdoor clothesline.  Then I thought about the local Amish who hang their laundry out year round, and started to wonder……. do I really HAVE to wait until summer?

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The answer is no, no reason at all not to go right ahead and hang those sheets out on a bright sunny day, even if it is only March.  A few hours in the sunshine and light breeze and they were almost completely dried, despite the hard-packed snow crunching under my feet as I took them down.  I tossed them in the dryer for about 10 minutes to get them nice and warm and fluffy, then finished making my daughter’s bed with the freshest smelling sheets in months!  Probably, I would not go ahead and do this if we were having a typical winter day here of freezing temps and inches of snow coming down… but as spring approaches, I think I will add “washing and drying household bedding and blankets on the outside line” to my list of Saturday spring chores!   Tonight, I am feeling a little jealous of the sheets my little one will get to snuggle in- nothing beats the smell of bedding dried outdoors!

We make our own laundry soap, and in case you missed it here’s how we do it: http://keepyourmemoriesinyourshoes.com/2012/06/13/homemade-laundry-soap/

Happy Chore Day 🙂

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