Give Yourself a Break, Stop Folding These Things

Just Say No to Pointless Folding

Doing laundry for 6 people, especially when 5 of the 6 people are dirty, stinky boys, is a daunting task. I wrote a little about how I keep sane with my laundry routine here: Taming the Laundry Beast. I’ll do whatever I can to make the laundry process easier.

I’m not anal about many things but there are a few. My closet is indeed arranged by color according to Roy G. Biv. And the hangers have to be white or my brain will explode. The cord on my hair dryer and immersion blender have to be wrapped just so to avoid kinking the cord. I only care about those two devices because they are the only two things I have complete control over (Lord help Husbeast when he uses either of them and puts them away incorrectly). And folding clothes or towels. My skin crawls when the towels are folded wrong. It seriously gives me the heebie jeebies.

While I will hold onto my first two obsessions with all that I can because they are mine and mine alone, the third I’m learning (very difficultly) to let go of. I can’t fold all the clothes and towels in the house, keep them neatly folded until they are used again, and keep my sanity at the same time.

(In case anyone is wondering, the only correct way to fold a towel is to stand up holding the narrow corners. Fold in thirds. Then in half and in half again. Don’t try arguing with me, there is no other correct way.)

So today, I’m going to talk about folding. Or rather, not folding.

Things I’ve stopped folding:

Underwear. Really? Does anyone care if your underwear are wrinkled. This was my first step in overcoming my folding obsession. I could not argue with the futility of folding underwear.

Pajamas. Again, who cares if your pajamas are wrinkled. Your husband? Probably not. The only pajamas they notice are the lack of pajamas.
Just Say No to Pointless Folding

Kitchen Towels and washcloths. Stuff them in a nice cloth basket. Easy Peasy. Even though I really couldn’t care less if my bath or hand towels are wrinkled, they do take up considerably less room if they are folded neatly (and look nice on my shelf or hanging on a rod). So those do get folded.

Children’s cloths. Period. At first I balked at the thought of not folding their clothes but then I pictured what their drawers looked like anyway. Previously folded clothes, now mostly unfolded and stuffed in a drawer. I could supervise them putting away clothes but, yeah, that’s not going to happen. If we need wrinkle free clothes, they get ironed. Just like before when I was folding them only to have them wadded up in a drawer. I tell my older boys, if they want wrinkle free clothes, they can fold them themselves.

Fitted sheets. I’ve seen videos going around showing how to fold them neatly. I’ve even seen a video on how to iron … IRON, and fold a fitted sheet. I don’t have the time, space, or an ounce of desire to do it that way. Here is my simple method. Wad it up and shove it in a pillow case. In case that description isn’t enough, here is a video on how to do it (kind of my video response to those other videos). You’re welcome.

Save time and energy. Just say no to pointless folding.

Science Experiment: Finding the Center of Mass

We usually do a little science experiment every week (sometimes more, sometimes less). We were reading about center of mass (or center of gravity) today and the suggested experiment looked quick and easy, and we had all the materials. Those are the 3 key factors for us to do experiments. We save the more complicated ones for special occasions or homeschool co-op days. I thought a good way to chronicle our experiments would be to post about them.

This one was so simple, the big boys all poo-pooed it so Tiger Boy (7) and Dragon Boy (4)  were my assistants. Of course as we were really getting into it, the big boys noticed we were having fun and decided to kind of join in (i.e., watch from the sidelines and offer suggestions/criticism).

Our mission today was to find the center of mass for an unusually shaped, flat object. Technically we are finding the geographical center since this is a 2D object (not 3D). The geographical center of North America is supposed pretty close to us. I wonder if this is how they figured it out. We might have to trace a map of North America and try it out :-)

Step 1: Talk about center of mass (center of gravity). We use Answers in Genesis, God’s Design for the Physical World: Machines in Motion. If you don’t have that set, no worries. There are plenty of resources online to read/watch.  Just use our good friend Google.  Here is a little video we found (plus it has another little experiment that’s easy to do).

We also talked about why this is important and how it’s applied (examples were balancing acts with multiple people, riding a bike, doing handstands, touching your toes like in the video).

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Orange “Coloration”

Orange Coloration

Dragon Boy (4): Mom! Come look at my orange coloration!

He excitedly pulls me over to the table to show me his orange “coloration”. Instead of trying to figure out what the picture is, I like to ask him to tell me about it. This is the story of Dragon Boy’s orange coloration.

“It’s a gun. There was guy, he was a bad guy… a zombie… a giant… in space, in a spaceship. And he dropped the gun and it dropped dropped dropped to earth. Then it hit a mountain, then water comed in the earth. And it made the earth flood.”

All that with one little mandarin orange. I wonder if this is how legends are created.

A Day in the Life of This Homeschool Family

A Day in the Life of This Homeschool Family

I get asked a lot how our homeschool day goes so I thought I would just put it all in a post for an easy place to direct people to.

6am: Rise and shine! I jump out of bed with a smile on my face. Take a shower, get dressed and am ready to go.

6:30: Devotion with my coffee.  Gotta start the day right!

7am: Wake up kids and have breakfast.  You know, the usually, bacon, eggs, and a stack of pancakes. We’ll do our family devotion during this time before Husbeast heads off to work at 7:30.

8am (after the kitchen is cleaned and the dishes put in the dishwasher which I unloaded the night before):We start with math drills. Great way to get the brain going. I do them too.

9am: Phone rings but I ignore it.  It is school time after all. We break for chores. Best to get them done early rather than later.

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Be Careful Little Eyes What You See

Be Careful Little Eyes

One thing I’ve been wanting to do with this blog for a while is to share a weekly devotional. The thing is, I’m not very good at being serious. I guess I could do a goofy devotional, but I just haven’t felt it yet.

So I called on Husbeast who is much better at this sort of thing than me. I’m going to bug him to try to get him to write a quick devotional every week.  He’s crazy busy working insane hours, getting his master’s degree, and spending every remaining moment he can being the best dad possible, so I’m not sure how often he’ll be able to post something. We’ll try.

Here is Husbeast…

My kids are astounding people.  They all amaze, impress and teach me whenever we interact.  And our littlest boy is such a joy.  He is everything I want to be when I grow up.  Kind, innocent, guiless and tender.  The other night he was on the couch with his brother watching a Spiderman movie where a bad guy with robot octopus arms was throwing bags of coins at people and trying to drop people off of a building for Spiderman to web save her.  He kept covering his eyes whenever the bad man was on the screen and it struck me that maybe he is wiser than myself.  ”Let your gentleness be evident to all.  The Lord is near.” Phil 4:5  How, oh how do we achieve a state like that, in a world like this?  A great start on this path is just a few verses later.

Philippians 4:8 says, “8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”  Ouch!  When was the last time we sat and talked about something that is noble, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy?  What we play on Netflix or TV (to include the commercials playing in between “what you’re watching”) also counts such things we think about.  If a guest in your home was vulgar, violent and profane in front of your children would you confront them?  Yet, many of us would accept entirely different things if it’s on TV.  Take a look at the loose list below and see where you’d fall closest as a center of what you talk or read or post about.

  • slander (to include politicians)
  • fighting and arguing with someone
  • gripes about things/possessions being frustrating or too outdated
  • grumbles about things you don’t have
  • complaints about people
  • annoyance with other political or religious views
  • exasperation with unjust government policies
  • planning to fight evil and help the oppressed
  • recognition and encouragement for those around you
  • thankfulness
  • speaking spiritual life, truth and healing into people’s lives
  • Praising God; describing his true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy attributes

You may even want to change the order of a couple lines but let’s try to exist near the noble side as much as possible.  If we’re honest we all can probably admit that we are often all over the spectrum above.  Yet TV and movies are usually less variable   (Especially on Sunday mornings for some people!)  But as iron sharpens iron let’s encourage each other, set an example and change the tune from our mouths and in our homes.