Happy Monday! Today's topic? Laundry. We all have it, most of us hate it, and I'm on the hunt for a solution.
Wait... does anyone actually like doing laundry? I'm serious. I would like to meet someone who does because I want to know why.
No matter how much I try, I just can't stand it!
I will say this, though. Part of me enjoys piling the dirty laundry into the washer. I think it's because I want it out of the baskets and off the floor.
If only it ended there and the laundry fairy did everything else. Oy.
I am the sole laundry-doer in my house... by choice. My son likes to help me sort the dirty pile and put it in the washer or transfer it from the washer to the dryer, but it stops there. And there is no way I'm letting my husband do the laundry. No way, no how. There are too many clothes to be ruined if he was in charge.
Oh, yeah, and there's the fact that I'm a control freak.
(Seriously, though, I don't trust him with the clothes. He is, however, a champ when it comes to folding. He doesn't mind it all that much and he's actually pretty good at it, so I try to pass that job along to him as much as possible!)
I've also recently decided not to put his laundry away. He's a big boy; he can handle it. If he chooses to leave it on his dresser all week, then so be it. I used to put it away, but when I saw that his drawers basically became holding areas for balled up clothes, I was like, um... no. I'm not taking the time to do the laundry, fold it nicely and put it in the drawers, only to have him crumble it all up when looking for a shirt. So this has cut a bit of time out of my laundry system.
I'm working on teaching my son to help put his clothes away, but attention span and patience are not his good qualities. We're working on it!
One of the things that confuses me about our laundry, though, is how much of it we have. We are a family of three. How can we possibly have so much?
I think of families who have more than one child and wonder how they get it all done. Between my husband's workout clothes, our bath towels, our pool towels, our sheets, our kitchen towels and rags, our daily outfits, and our PJs -- I swear -- there is always laundry to be done.
I think I have such a problem with laundry because I am the type of person who likes to do a task and finish it. I enjoy the satisfaction of it being done, and laundry is one of those ongoing things that really has no start or end to it.
A long time ago, I remember seeing this woman on Oprah who was OCD when it came to her laundry. She was so crazy about having everything clean at once that she would even wash the clothes she was wearing and would walk around the house naked until it was all done. That's a little extreme.
I guess I just always feel like I'm looking for a simple solution to at least keep the laundry at bay. I don't have any sort of system in place; I just do it when the baskets are full or when the towels have been used several times. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Here's wishing you a good week!