Friday, September 07, 2007

A Couple Of Housewifery Things That Are Working For Me

It's been about 6 months now since I instituted the laundry system at my house. You may have read about it earlier. I wish to report that I haven't been stressed out about the laundry once since then. This used to be a MAJOR problem at our house. I'd wash the laundry, but I never ever could keep up with the folding/putting away. My husband would get mad at me and throw the pile (which was usually about three or four feet across and reaching the ceiling in the laundry room. No exaggeration.) all over the floor, looking for his cloths, and just leave it there. This would tick me off in turn. I used to spend about a half an hour searching through the mess each morning trying to find cloths for the kids to wear to school. This is what I did: I went to the store and got everyone their own tub. Now when I'm taking it out of the dryer, I just sort it into the tubs. The children are all responsible for folding their own laundry. No, we don't always all have clean cloths in our drawers now, but everyone can easily find their own stuff.

Another thing is dinner. My life is crazy once the kids get home from school. We have 2 extras for an hour or two after school each day. I usually spend an hour or two getting the kids through their homework each night. The last thing I want to do is to cook dinner! Unfortunately, we do need to eat. Then there is the mess to clean up after dinner! I'm usually nigh unto death by that time of day! The solution, cook at noon or before. I'm doing crock pot stuff a lot. Also make ahead things are good. I find that I don't mind to cook in the morning. So, I've just made it a routine to cook dinner right after I'm done cleaning up breakfast. It's not so bad, I have one of my books on tape going, and I'm not tired then. Another plus is this: There aren't a lot of pots and pans to clean up after dinner. I do a lot of all in one pot meals. Ahh, happiness! Here is a web-site that I get a lot of recipes from: I like it because it's got a recipe for what ever you could possibly want to make. You can also do ingredient searches, so you can cook with whatever you have there. Also, there are helpful comments by others.

Now lest any of you deranged people get the MUCH mistaken idea that I have it all together, let me remind you that I've got a stupid remodeling project going on in my living room that we started back in February. It's still not done. Someday we'll move back in. Eventually. Love you all!


Anonymous said...

this is hilarious; i just went away for the weekend to a time out for women conference (indescribably awesome!!!) and on the way, one of the girls and i (we both like to cook) got into how i was just at my wits end to find new things to make for dinner, that didn't require alot of time. (i do love to cook, but like you renae, alot of the time by the end of the day i'm about knackered) and she told me about the all recipies website!! too funny. and i took a leaf out of your book about the laundry too. (you told me about it the last time we stayed at your house, or the time before or something) my kids aren't yet old enough to fold their own laundry, but just having it sorted into indiviual baskets and taking up to put by the right dressers so i can fold and put away when i get around to it has cut down considerably on the mess and frustration! anyway, gotta git, love you!

Renae said...

Sounds like a fun weekend! I use the recipe website all of the time. Love you too!

timpani76 said...

I think it's funny that you and I seem to have discovered the crock pot at the same time. I've had mine for over a year and just took out two weeks ago. I have started using it three times a week already! Who knew?

Renae said...

Yes, a crock pot is a wonderful invention! It's so nice at dinner time to not have to do anything but to sit down and eat!