Let me say, first of all: I hate that I’m writing this post. I dislike masks. Yes, I wear them in public and my family wears them in public, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it. I miss seeing people’s faces. I miss smiling at strangers. (You may not know this about me, but I’m pretty smiley and cheerful in general. I used to smile at every person I passed at the grocery store. I enjoy people!)
I miss fresh air. I miss my kids seeing the faces of other kids and getting to be within 6 feet of other kids to make new friends.
But, reality is what it is. Until this pandemic is over and I get to have a mask bonfire, I might as well have our reality organized. And the reality right now are masks.
I’ve had this system up since the beginning of the school year (well, when we moved back into our house after the renovation). It has been working perfectly for months, if I do say so myself. We exit through the laundry room to go anywhere, so the masks are right there where we need them.
(I keep a box of disposable ones in the car just in case, but I prefer when we use the washable cloth ones.)
I think it’s important to have a clean basket and a dirty basket, so there is a place for everything. Remember, that’s how to keep your home tidy – give EVERYTHING a place, even stupid dirty masks.
It’s super important to me that my kids grab a fresh mask at least every day, if not more regularly. I suggest to all my kids that they bring an extra in their backpacks in case one gets dirty, like heaven forbid they sneeze into their mask. (Gross!) A dirty mask is pretty useless in my opinion.
When the dirty basket is full or the clean basket is near empty, I wash all the masks. And this pattern repeats itself as necessary.
Also, the schools don’t want parents bringing stuff to the school right now, so it’s super important that my kids remember their lunches … especially when 3 out of 4 of them can’t eat gluten and one of the non-gluten eaters is hypoglycemic. Also, water fountains are closed around the school, so it’s important they don’t forget their water bottles.
Therefore … I’m using a letter board as a reminder sign of these important things. And it sits next to the door they exit from every day. I think it helps.
So there you go, this is my pandemic-themed laundry room. I can’t wait until I can get rid of the masks, mask baskets, and can trade out the daily reminder for a funny joke. Here’s to the end of the pandemic coming soon!
But, while we’re in my laundry room, I need to show you this little shelf-mirror I organized with my laundry detergents. I added this after the renovation and I love it so much. It literally brings me joy every time I do the laundry.
- I got this mirror with a shelf here.
- And I got the little magnet hook to keep my washing machine door propped open here (to avoid that musty smell).
- After all these years, this is still my favorite laundry detergent and I still can’t live without using color catchers in colorful loads!