My laundry room is also my pantry, and is right off of the kitchen. I do most of the laundry, although the four older children (ages 6-12) all know how to do it, and will switch it for me when asked or put a load in on occasion, usually when they need something. My older three boys have three baskets downstairs: one for pants (because they always seem to run out of them!), one for darks, and one for lights. The three little ones have one basket in their room for their dirty clothes, which I sort as I load it. Dh and I have two baskets in our closet: one for darks, and one for lights.
I try to keep up with it, but is hard with so many of us, especially when I wind up being gone alot. I do get frusterated when dh announces: "Do I have any…in these baskets?? Yes, my biggest struggle is with folding the laundry. The older three almost always fold their clothes while I read to them, and my daughter, who just turned 6, folds the towels, rags and washclothes. My two y/o is probably going to be starting to do that job, so she can start folding her clothes. But there are full baskets of laundry sitting around the livingroom, more days than not. I would like to get shelves in the laundry room so I can have plenty of space to fold it in there, but I haven’t gotten that far yet in our remodel.
Hmm…I definitely struggle with anger, especially wih hollering at the kids. Dh and I are really trying to change that. I am definitely better than I used to be. I rember crying once because I didn’t want them to remember me that way. God is working in me to change that. I have struggled with depression in the past as well. It kind of runs in my family. I have had to learn to give it all to God, and let Him carry me when I am feeling overburdened. Trust is a big savior when faced with being overwhelmed.
Colossians 3:8-17 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.
Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
This really made me think that just as we take off the dirty garments, we are to take off the old man, the man who is angry and hurtful, and put the clean clothes on, those of mercy, kindness, longsuffering, etc. This verse really puts the first two parts together of this assignment. I think I might make a plaque of this verse and hang it in the laundry room.
Off to switch loads for the night….