- I have tried color coding. Buying towels in many different colors and having the children pick their favorite.
- I have tried doing my laundry by rooms…Boys… Girls… Parents… Baby… Towels… etc.
- I have even tried the trusty old way of doing all whites, then colors, towels, etc.…
No matter what way I pick I always seem to be searching for a simpler way.
Recently I have found that doing my laundry by the room method the best. I might do the boys first, then the girls, then my husbands and mine. I usually do the babies with any since she tends to need hers done the most. I do towels, washcloths and bedding as needed.
I have also found that color coding my towels and washcloths, while was great for a while, wasn’t working as well as expected. We have a lot of red clay in our back yard. Our towels were white with different color edgings. Notice I said our towels were white. When you have 5 little girls playing in a back yard full of red clay your towels are no longer white and it doesn’t seem to matter how much Clorox or stain stick/spray you use. Once you throw them in the washer with the washcloths that red clay just seems to gravitate to those towels. The colors on the edges also seem to want to blend in with the white part of the towels.
I have learned that getting a nice medium to dark colored towel and washcloth work the best. Try and stick with one color. You can throw them all in together and none of the colored edging or colors from other towels bleed into your nice white towels.
Now color coding doesn’t have to only be for your laundry. We have color coded our children in other areas of the house. I remember when my older three were little. My oldest son loved the color green, my daughter liked yellow, and my younger son at the time liked red.
So I had green, yellow and red cups, plates and much more. The cups I liked the best because they could have a cup of water sitting on the counter and they knew which one was theirs. It really did keep them from forgetting which cup was theirs and getting a new one each time they wanted a drink. I taught them early to keep their cup and helped them clean it when it was dirty. They mostly drank water during the day instead of sugary cool-aids and sodas so it wasn’t a problem. I had many ladies ask me how I got my children to drink water. Well…I didn’t have to get them too. They just loved water. It is what we all drink most of the time at home.
I also organized their school supplies using the color code method. I bought a box for each of them with the same color as their cup. They loved that they each had their own crayon/supply box. Since we homeschooled it made things easier as I would just tell them to go and get their box and they knew right were to go and which one to get. They had binders that were color coded to match also.
So while thinking back and comparing to now I found that color coding worked in some areas, but not so well in others. For us the laundry did not color code very well. However I have seen many that loved using the color code method and it really worked for them. Try some of the methods above and see if one will help you organize your day.
Please feel free to post your tips below. You never know who you will help. :) God Bless!!