My children spend every spare moment they have outside, which is very good and kinda bad. It’s good because I know they’re getting a lot of exercise, and I don’t have to worry about them just sitting around playing video games all day.
But it’s kinda bad, because the laundry load they end up is huge. I tried to keep up for awhile, but neither my washing machine or I were up to the task. Something had to change.
I decided I wanted to get the house to work with me a little bit. I started by expanding on the linoleum area around the back door, to give the kids more room to move around when they come in.
I then installed some mudroom lockers for them to keep their things in. Mudroom lockers are wider and deeper than regular lockers, and they’re able to hold all the jackets, snowsuits, wool sweaters, and sweatpants that they need to. They can accommodate multiple hangers, and they work great.
My kids still had their hats and gloves to put away though, and they usually just threw them into the locker and walked away. I figured that I’d just work with that, so I got some plastic freezer baskets and set them in the locker. They look pretty good sitting there, and fit the lockers pretty well. The baskets keep everything from falling onto the floor.
And as you might have noticed, I have now built a system that I do not need to oversee. The kids hang up their coats, put their hats away, and I don’t have to make sure they do it like I do with their kids toys.
It’s easier for them to put their things away then leave them lying around, and that’s why this works so well. If you’re trying to make things easier on yourself, I highly recommend looking for things like this. Good luck!
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