Doing the laundry isn't something that I eagerly anticipate doing, but at the same time I don't mind doing it either. It is quite easy to do now compared to what it was as a new mother with a toddler and an infant in tow.
Monday mornings would start with the usual barn chores followed by preparing a hearty breakfast. Right after we were done eating I would take care of any leftovers but the dirty dishes could wait while I sorted the clothes and filled the washing machine and rinse tubs with water.
We had a small sandbox in the basement for Sailor to play in and be happily occupied where I could keep an eye on him without worrying he would get too close to the little gas engine or get his fingers in the wringer. Rosebud would be in the stroller and after washing a load I would carry it out to the clothesline and then go back inside to push the stroller out with Sailors help. He loved trying to help which slowed me down but that was fine.
After hanging everything up the next load was ready to be rinsed by hand unless the baby was hungry I would stop the agitator and take care of her before continuing.
If I was lucky I was able to get everything out on the clothes line by 11:30 and it was already later than I usually started making lunch. It usually took an hour to prepare a meal if the oil stove was used so laundry days required simple things that didn't need to be cooked long. I would pile the dirty breakfast dishes into the sink and have a half decent meal on the table by the time LV came in from the fields.
Right after lunch I would again stack the dishes in the sink and after putting the children down for their naps I would empty the washing machine and rinse tubs and wash them out and sweep all the water down the drain and then hurry outside to bring in any of the clothes that were already dry. By the time the children woke up most of the laundry was folded and put away except for the pile of ironing that needed to be done the next day and a few pants and rugs that were still drying.
At four it would be time to get the children ready and we would head out to the barn to get ready to do the evening milking. Once the chores were done I would head back to the house to prepare supper while LV finished everything up in the barn and then after supper was over we would help each other wash three meals worth of dishes before heading to bed happy that another laundry day was behind me.
I like how doing laundry now doesn't consume nearly every minute of my Mondays. Other than folding everything there is really nothing to it any longer and I couldn't be happier!