One of my favourite interwebby thingys is Shannon's weekly Works for me Wednesday carnival. I have gotten some incredibly helpful hints, even if hundreds of people participate each week. I've never really felt that I had anything to contribute though...until now.
This handy little trick came to me in the spring and has saved me many the headache. My washer and dryer are upstairs with the bedrooms, and no matter how loud I set it, I never hear the little built in timer go off. My usual routine is to get up in the morning, start a load in the washer, and then get dressed and feed the kids, etc. The problem is that, with all the etc. that goes on, I would often forget completely about the laundry until late at night or, worst of all, the next morning. We have had some stinky loads, I can tell you.
This cheap little kitchen timer from the Dollar Store, purchased for helping with time-outs and 30-minute Thursdays, has saved our laundry. It saved it because I noticed this:
The back of the timer is magnetic (so what), has a little built in stand (this is how I used to use it: on my desk) and, best of all:
IT CAN CLIP ON TO THINGS!!!!
Now I start my laundry, set the timer to match the time for the load, and clip it to myself (usually my shirt). Wherever I am, whatever I'm doing, I hear the timer--BECAUSE IT'S ATTACHED TO ME. Then I can run up quickly and move things to the dryer, hang up delicates, even start another load, setting the timer once again, this time for dryer or washer, whichever takes longer.
I used to worry about interrupting my day with laundry, but it only takes a second and the timer is boss! My kids know what the timer means and are fine with me jumping up to change the loads. In fact, I used it for a time-out for the Boy a few weeks ago and when it went off he yelled "Mom! Laundry!" instead of getting out of his time-out. I'm fine with it too, and if I've gotten caught up reading something and lost track of time (a daily event), the little beep beep is inescapable.
No more stinky loads forgotten in the washer! Yay!
That's what works for me, and maybe it will work for you too.
Now could someone come over here and fold all that nice clean laundry for me?