This post is sponsored by The American Cleaning Institute (ACI), who created PACKETS UP!,
an educational initiative for parents and caregivers, to help reduce the number of accidental
liquid laundry packet exposures in children.
It all started in the laundry room. I tried to open the door from the garage to the laundry room and it wouldn’t budge. I push and pulled it back. I pushed a little more and then I pulled the door close to me. I laid on the floor, and I tried to push whatever was in the way out of the way. It is okay to giggle as you picture me in a dress on the floor trying to push laundry out of the way just so I could open the door.
I just couldn’t understand why I couldn’t get the door open. The dog was crying and licking my hand. I decided this isn’t going to work and I needed to use the front door. I walked around to the front door. I twisted the handle only to realize it was locked.
I began to frantically ring the bell as if the dog could open the door. She tried to climb up by the knob and started to scratch and howl. The kids were at school, so this door would remain locked. I had finally lost my marbles. I went back to my car and grabbed my keys. I opened the front door. I walked down the hall to the door that wouldn’t budge. I looked inside the laundry room, and this is what I saw in the laundry room. I was so mad I moved it all into the hall. I mean who lives like this?
The answer was we did.
The laundry room is the hub of our house. The place where everything needs to get done. I had to figure out a way to clean it up, keep it clean, and make it work for me. I also had to make it fun or it wasn’t going to happen.
1. Think about what your laundry issues are. We have several:
a.) My kids hate to help one another with their laundry. This leads to fighting that I then have to deal with.
b.) They can’t find their uniforms ever.
c.) We had absolutely no space to fold the laundry or put away the laundry.
d.) I couldn’t find everything I needed to do the laundry quickly.
2. Make your laundry room a place you want to be in. I added a couple of pictures and I got really cheap under $4 storage containers to sort my supplies and add some color to the room.
3. Think of a system. I found a cheap shelving unit that was wide enough and had enough space between the shelves to hold my laundry baskets. It was under $25, and now I can see my floor. I also had a place for each child to have their own basket.
4. Put your laundry supplies in easily accessible spaces. When you do this remember to think about the importance of safety. I love those liquid laundry packets but, I also want to make sure to prevent accidents so I put them in a place that my children can’t reach.
a.) As with any household cleaning product, laundry packets must be stored in their original container or pouch and kept out of sight and reach of children.
b.) Make sure to lock detergent packets up high and out of reach. This is an effective way to keep these products out of reach of young children, especially when little ones begin exploring closets and cabinets at an early age.
Visit packetsup.com to learn more information and tools to help prevent exposures from liquid laundry packets. The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) created PACKETS UP!, an educational initiative for parents and caregivers, to help them learn about the importance of proper use and storage of liquid laundry packets.
Even if they stored up high, make sure they stay securely closed. This video will help you to see how a toddler sees the world Through Their Eyes.
Call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if there is an accident.
5. Develop a system to do your laundry and put on some music while implementing it. I have been known to watch trash TV while doing laundry. I now fold the laundry put it in their bucket, or I hang it. Then I put it in each kid’s basket. When they get home from school, they take the baskets and put away their clothes. They bring down their dirty laundry, and I wait a couple of days, and then I wash their loads. I decided I am only doing laundry twice a week unless they need uniforms. I leave their uniforms in the laundry room because I am tired of getting gray hair when they can’t find their uniforms.
I bet you are saying what about all this makes laundry fun. The answer is I am only doing it twice a week so now I can have more fun. I can open my laundry room door without reverting to a belly crawl. I also do not have to spend any time trying to find uniforms or listening to kids complain about handling laundry that isn’t theirs. And, as an added benefit, we now have fewer missing socks!
Just another reminder because safety and prevention are so important. If you have little children, remember to store the liquid laundry packets in their original container or pouch and keep them out of sight and reach. You can also use the containers like my blue, white, and design ones to place the sealed packet package in them. They aren’t as tempting if the child can’t see them.
Go to packetsup.com for more information and enter your details to receive a free reminder cling – parents should place it in a visible location to serve as a daily reminder to store laundry packets up and away from children. I put mine on my washer as a reminder.
Follow #PacketsUp on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to speed on the latest in laundry room safety habits.
Do you remember the day you tried to hold your breath? You sucked in as much air as possible. You were sure it would be enough. You prepared your mind and body for the greatest feat on Earth only to have that feat last for seconds not minutes and then the air escaped like it does when you blow up a balloon and let it go. It flies around the room and your eyes can barely follow the excitement. They want to make sense of the pattern. They want to figure out how it works but they can’t because you are filled with the same wonder, joy, and excitement that comes with laughing so hard your sides ache.
In the last couple of weeks, we have found out that my husband is gluten intolerant. I have been scrambling to make breakfasts that I can cook ahead of time and freeze. I have to come up with meals that my kids and my husband will both like and they have to be easy. They have to be something I can make ahead of time. I headed into Walmart to buy some ingredients for what I hoped would be a special breakfast meal idea. I decided that a pumpkin waffle with yogurt sauce would be the perfect remedy. I will say my children loved the Yogurt dipping sauce so much that they asked me to put the rest in their lunch box with apple slices. This recipe was so successful in my home that I am sharing it with you.Continue reading
Still can’t get enough of pumpkin? Well how about some delicious pumpkin bread for the holiday season. This Vanilla Pumpkin Bread Recipe is not only delicious but it looks great too, perfect for the festive season. If there’s such thing as Christmas pumpkin bread, then this recipe is it! I make several of this to give to friends and I also some ready for a quick breakfast or snack to munch on.
My family loves cake, who doesn’t right? But recently we’ve been trying to eat gluten free so I have to find a way for all of us to still enjoy cake. This Gluten Free Vanilla Crazy Cake Recipe is heaven’s gift to my cake problems. It’s so delicious and very easy to make, you can make this for birthdays, special occasions or to just make the day special. I promise kids won’t even notice the difference and they’ll love this.
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I love to spend less money almost as much as I love to shop. There is a correlation if I save more then I have more to spend. You can insert my husband’s eye roll here. We have a deal we set a budget that includes retirement savings and then there is a fund for other items. This has been true the entire time we have been together. This is something that made our journey to being debt free even easier and it started when we were in the military. I say we but my husband served our country I made sure my husband was fit for duty!
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