5 Tips to Slay Your Mountain of Laundry and Not Lose Your Mind

Are there piles of laundry on your bed waiting to folded and put away? Are there piles of clothes oozing out of the hamper, and spewing onto the floor of the laundry room?

You are not alone!

As a busy mom to 4 kids twelve and under two of them being boys I know oh ‘to well the daily maintenance that is required in order to not drown in “mount clothes”.

Get your kids to help! Yes, they are completely capable even our 5 year-old is expected to do his share, and help with the laundry monster.

Here’s how I get my kids to do laundry without whining or complaining.

Our boys (5 & 7) help separate laundry into the appropriate hampers, and help transfer wet clothes to the dryers. They have also been instructed on “how to” load dirty clothes into the washer, fill the soap dispenser, and hit “start”.

You would be amazed at how well they do, and how excited they get when they get to help mom. It may only be saving me a couple minutes (switching loads, etc. ) but, minutes add up to hours.

Our girls (9 and 12) are expected to do a bit more. I will also add, we do not give our children a weekly allowance.

But, we do have “chore cards”. When a child is asked to preform a specific task; usually for the girls it is folding and putting away a load of laundry – I,

1) Ask “said child” to perform the chores (once they have been properly instructed on how to do so)

2) If “said child” is available, willing, and able he/she will do the chore when asked without whining or complaining

3) Mom inspects the work of “said child”, and signs off on their “chore card”

4) After a child has filled their chore card they may redeem their card for a $10 “pay day

5) Everyone wins!

More Laundry Slaying Tips From One Busy Family to Another…

I wash ALL of my kids clothes together – I know, gasp? Take a deep breath – yes, I do not separate my kids clothes.

Most of their clothes have been washed countless times, and for the most part fall under the category of “lights/darks”. If there is a particular outfit that requires special care then, I will set it aside and treat appropriately. But, for the most part 99% of our kids’ clothes are washed together in one to two giant loads.

Our kids have a large community hamper located in their bathroom. At the end of the day all clothes are to make their way to the community hamper (and, not to be placed on the floor) or, mom is likely to get angry.

We also have a separated hamper system (lights, whites, and darks) located in our master bedroom. The separated system helps me recognize the clothes that may need to be pulled for stain treatment and/or special temperature care.

Fold clothes as they come out of the dryer. Handle once, not twice! There are few better things on a cold winter day then, folding warm clothes. Remember wanting to snuggle in the basket as a kid?

Over the years I have tried to limit the “amount” of clothes that come into the house as well. If there are only so many clothes to choose from then, the loads of laundry are that much more manageable. Think about it, if you have enough pants that you don’t need to do laundry, but once a month – what in the world would that laundry mountain look like – huge, right?

Fewer clothes, means a more manageable mountain.

And, lastly having a “family closet” is pretty much amazing! If you can figure out “how” or “where” to put one – do it! Gone are the days of running around, and putting clothes away in six different locations. Once our clothes are washed, dried, and folded – into the family closet they go. I will share more on this system soon, but for now if you don’t I have one already – I would start thinking of where you may put one.

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How to Get Your Kids to Learn and Have Fun When It’s Cold Outside

Today, we welcome Jenny Wise (guest blogger) to My Happy Homestead. Jenny is a stay at home, homeschooling mom to four beautiful children. In Jenny’s spare time she enjoys sewing, crocheting, and taking long walks on the beach.

When the weather turns nasty, many kids have trouble finding ways to entertain themselves. Being stuck inside all day is no fun, and when it starts to snow and there’s no school, moods can turn ugly very quickly.

Fortunately, there are several fun, easy ways you can entertain your children when they can’t get outside to play, and many of them are even educational. Whether they want to learn how to conduct a science experiment with household items or how to draw, there are tons of activities your children can do at home with the help of online tutorials, apps, and learning websites. Some of these can even help your children get ahead in school or at a minimum keep up when snow days keep them home.

Here are some great activities your kids can enjoy when the weather is less than desirable.

5 Ways to Get Your Kids to Learn and Have Fun When It’s Cold Outside

Science Fun With Common Household Items

There are all kinds of fun experiments and activities your children can do with common household items, such as duct tape, water, building blocks, and resealable plastic baggies. Check out this article for ideas on lesson plans and challenges your children can do either on their own or with a little help.

Dance, dance, dance

Dance is wonderful for both boys and girls of all ages. Not only does it improve coordination and strength, it’s a fun way to exercise that will get kids moving. Consider finding fun YouTube tutorials or buying a game like “Dance Dance Revolution” that will keep your little ones motivated. If your television, computer, or sound system is outdated, think about upgrading to help your kids enjoy their exercise even more. But don’t shop until you’ve done your research. Go here for more information on the best home theater systems.

Learn a new language together

Learning a new language can be fun for both you and your child, and there are plenty of learning apps for smartphones and tablets so that you can learn anywhere, at anytime. Language can help children connect with other cultures and opens up their minds to new ideas, which can be really beneficial for their education. Kids as young as four or five years old can learn Spanish, Japanese, or French—among other languages—from award-winning programs. Read this article for tips on the best ones to try.

Take a trip around the world

Help your child learn about different cultures, nature, and animals around the world with these learning apps, some of which are for kids as young as age two. Including games to help with reading skills, geography, and writing, there are several apps for both Android and Apple devices that will get your child interested in learning.

Art skills

Creativity is a wonderful thing, and most children have it in abundance. It’s important to foster those feelings and allow your children to try out different mediums, such as drawing, painting, and sculpting. Look online for some tutorials to help them bring out their imagination, and consider joining them so you can learn something new and work on being creative together.

Helping your children have fun when they can’t get outside to play will help boost their mood and allow them to stay on track with their schoolwork in some cases. Younger kids can benefit from learning apps that go over shapes, reading, matching, and rhyming. As an added bonus,  many of these things can be done independently allowing mom or dad the time to focus on what he/she may need to get done.

Sometimes helping our children learn, grow, and have fun is just a quick search away. 

This post was guest written by; Jenny Wise at specialhomeeducator.com 

Would you like to guest post on My Happy Homestead? Send inquiries to jenny@jennyirvine.com ~ Wishing you all a fun filled day!

DIY Salsa Verde Recipe and Benefits of Tomatillos

Taco Tuesday’s with homemade salsa verde is pretty much music to mine (and my kids) ears (or should I say – tastebuds?).

While, I do love a good traditional salsa. After growing and harvesting our first tomatillos on the homestead. It’s now, safe to say salsa verde has won my heart.

5 Surprising Benefits of Tomatillos

  1. Tomatillos are a good source of fiber, niacin, potassium, and manganese
  2. Tomatillos contain 20% of the daily recommended value of vitamin C
  3. They contain a healthy amount of iron, magnesium, and copper
  4. They contain all the right ingredients for optimal health and nutrition – even a healthy amount of vitamin K
  5. Modern science is currently studying the anti-inflammatory properties of the Tomatillo. According to a study performed at the University of Kansas this magical fruit (yes, it is a fruit) contains a plethora of compounds showing great potential in it’s fight against cancer.

Homemade salsa verde is pretty much music to my taste-buds and, I'm sure it will be to yours too. Try our DIY Homemade Tomatillo Salsa Verde on your taco!

What to you say? Let’s dive in and enjoy some salsa verde!

DIY Salsa Verder Recipe

DIY Tomatillo Salsa Verde Recipe

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes


  • 5.5 C. husked and cored tomatillos
  • 1 C. chopped onion
  • 1 C. chopped peppers (I use a mix of what I have on hand - both hot and mild)
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 1 T Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/2tsp. salt
  • 1/2tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 C. pickling vinegar
  • 4 T. Lemon or Lime juice (I have used both with a great result)


  1. Have jars ready for canning. Sterilized and hot. I heat mine in a big pot of water while I prepare the salsa verde.
  2. Place half the husked, washed, tomatillos under the broiled (on low) for about 10-15 minutes. They will be slightly charred and juicy.
  3. While the are roasting rough chop your onions,peppers, and garlic (I use my vitamix)
  4. Dump your onions, peppers, and garlic into a stock or mixing pot
  5. De-husk and wash remain tomatillos - giving them a quick spin in the Vitamix or food processor.
  6. Add the uncooked tomatillos to your pot of pepper, onions, and garlic.
  7. Remove broiled tomatillos - let cool for a few minutes. Pulse slightly in Vitamix.
  8. All all remaining ingredients to stock pot. Hot tomatillos, vinegar, lemon/lime juice, and spices.
  9. Bring all ingredients to a slow boil - simmer 10-15 minutes.
  10. Carefully ladle how salsa into prepared (hot jars). Placing sterilized lids and bands proces in a water bath for 15 minutes.
  11. Remove, let cool, and listen for that beautiful "POP"!
  12. Enjoy!

Homemade salsa verde is pretty much music to my taste-buds and, I'm sure it will be to yours too. Try our DIY Homemade Tomatillo Salsa Verde on your taco!

Be sure to comment below and tell us what you think of our salsa! And, check out our homestead kitchen for more recipes sure to please the entire family!