One of the things every Domestic Goddess Failure needs to accept, is that no matter how much you complain, or how badly you do your tasks, THE TOWELS WILL STILL NEED WASHING.
LOTS OF TOWELS.
As a family of four people and two bathrooms I seem to wash 98 towels a week. Way too many. Recently I was having a little Mummy Tantrum and fuming away about no one picking up towels, do we all really need a fresh towel every day, whose towel is this sitting in a festering pile in the laundry.
It was clear no one was listening to me and I needed a new strategy.
Considering they are not allowed to use the washing machine nor can they reach the washing line, I couldn't really make up a cleaning roster.
|Always ready to perform.|
Last year's The Lion King costume is still worn regularly.
But I could devise my own plan, which of course isn't really my plan at all, I stole it from a friend who was telling me the story years ago at a dinner with lots of wine. We got talking about some of the things her Mum did as a single Mum to 5 kids after her father decided five kids was actually more than he cared to be around.
Each of the five kids had a colour. Particularly for towels. If red towel was on the floor, in a bedroom or anywhere it shouldn't be hanging than that particular child would be called upon.
So off we went to get some Target Towels.
There was a fight over who would get the hot pink towel so the new rule was made - no one gets hot pink.
Immy picked dark purple, Popps picked mustard yellow. Mr H got given a navy and I am sticking with the white ones at home.
|Stacks of colours for everyone.|
The girls have one towel each and every night it stands out very clearly who has not hung their towel back in the bathroom. If they want to wash in the other bathroom they must go and get their towel first - or run dripping and cold through the house to go and get it (OK, so I usually end up having to do this bit...not the running around naked part, that wouldn't be very good).
There is one downfall - you can't wash your white towels with your purple or mustard or navy ones!
Do you have a way of keeping the towel washing under control?