While I was pregnant with the twins, I did a lot of reading. I didn’t read too much on multiple pregnancy itself, as it scared the you-know-what out of me! Tons of negative and downright scary information. Instead, I focused mostly on the challenges I would face once the babies were born. I read about breastfeeding, feeding schedules, sleep training — all the tough stuff. Although I would never sit here and tell you I was prepared for what was to come (because who the hell could be?), I will say that I had a vague notion of my impending challenges. However, there was one topic that was woefully overlooked and/or underdiscussed in all of the books, blogs, and newsletters that I got my pregnant paws on.
The L Word. Think about it for a minute, ladies. You all know what I am talking about.
Wait for it…
Wait for it…
Holy @#*&! Why did no one discuss this, like… ever? Why did no one advise me to buy a house with a built-in laundry shoot?? Because, let me tell you: I would have seriously considered it. To any of you out there who have a laundry shoot, please don’t brag. I am ridiculously jealous. Over the past two years, I have stepped over (and on) dirty clothes and hurdled baskets full of clean laundry like an Olympian.
Yes, no one so much as casually mentioned that two babies equals at least double the laundry than a singleton. And neither one of my girls had reflux. Oh, you poor, poor souls who experienced reflux laundry. There is a spot already reserved for you in Heaven.
I think the sudden barrage of laundry in my home was especially surprising and/or challenging to me for two reasons: 1) Prior to having twins, I probably did the laundry once every two weeks, or as long as I could possibly scrape by without buying new underwear (and I openly admit to doing so on more than one occasion!); and, 2) I have never EVER in my life spent so much time and energy on the act of doing laundry. Before twins, I would just toss a bunch of stuff (colors, whites, who cares?) into the machine and call it good. Now, I pre-treat every.damn.thing with my beloved Oxiclean spray AND I add a heaping cup of the Oxiclean liquid to every load I wash. That stuff is magic, I tell you. Magic. I mean, a typical outfit in our house is stained beyond all recognition by 5pm, assuming it is dark enough to mask the stains from lunchtime.
Since leaving my job at the end of June, I have become a lot more focused on laundry and on establishing a good system so as not to have clothes strewn about the house waiting for me to either pre-treat and wash or fold and put away. You see, I have no problem tossing the clothes in the washing machine and/or transferring them to the dryer; it’s the before and after parts that really get my goat. Truth be told, it has been much easier to keep up with the laundry now that I am no longer working outside the home. But, still, my system could use some improving to be sure.
So, how do you handle laundry for multiples? Any ideas or advice from those of you who aren’t hurdling laundry baskets on a daily basis? What’s your secret?