Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Laundry Essay

Actually I probably won't attempt an essay today, I've got to go pick up Sophie and Drostan (friend) from preschool in a couple of minutes, but here are short thoughts.

My mom called yesterday and before parting I asked her, "did you ever have a hard time with getting laundry through the whole washing, drying, folding, putting away process, when we were young."  Her response ... "No."

That was it.


I shouldn't have been surprised.  Our house growing up was always tidy, neat, clean, no piles, nothing.  My mom insists that it wasn't always that way, but since I'm the youngest, there wasn't the stuff around that younger siblings bring.  But I don't believe it.  She's always been clean, and I sit here wondering, why didn't I get that gene?

Our house isn't a pig sty, although I have used that phrase when talking to our children; along with hurricane, bull in a china closet, tornado, etc...  But it's not like we're living in squalor, but it's just not what I want it to be. Yet.

Anyway, back to laundry...

Yesterday I implemented, yet again, another 'system'; this one, from a friend who washes on Tuesday and Friday.  She doesn't plan anything on those days except washing.

After my first day, I declare it a success.  There is still one load waiting to be folded, and diapers still in the dryer, but at least they're not in the washer from overnight;).  So three loads washed, dried, folded, put into cubbies, (for everyone to put away themselves, I'm not the maid/servant around here .... ?  another phrase I may have used before;)) one in the basket ready to be folded, one in the dryer ... I'd call that success.  We'll see how it holds.  I'm confident.

Here's my little laundry helper.  He's standing on a step stool.  (there are no 4-ft one year olds around here)
However I am swift to take away the laundry stick after it's been properly used.  It has been ill-used in the past:).

Somehow the pictures became their own post, so keep scrolling to see the laundry prince.  He's worth it;).


Angie said...

I am waiting for the day that my house is "that house" I dream of. No clutter, always vaccumed, everythin in its proper place. Someday! I hate laundry as well! :)

audrey said...

This post makes me feel better about the five loads of laundry I just folded two days ago-three of which are still sitting on my couch. Thanks Heather, you're not alone :)

Also, your laundry room is so cute! I love what you guys did with it!

J and M said...

I am good at washing. Then it sits in the baskets wrinkling up. The days later i will fold it (when it is time to wash more).

I have two friends who just fold it, keep it in baskets in the laundry room and people come get out what they want.

Another friend has 6 kids and large piles of clean laundry.

I want to have a system, but so far do not. (: My mom might have said a similar response (AND I trust that she doesn't remember correctly! Ha).

jill said...

Hahaha! I love those pictures! Laundry never ends. Ever. I'm glad to have a friend in the fight with me. :)

Amber Baker said...

It's so fun to catch up on your blog! We miss you all. I have an identical laundry schedule that I stick to like gospel and it works for us. Sadly as the kids get bigger, so do their clothes. I think I wash 20 loads a week. They are in charge of putting them away. That said, Alle just got her Monday clothes put away and it's Thursday and I'm starting another cycle. Sigh. Running a household is the most demanding job out there. Most days I feel like my life is one endless cycle of laundry or, seriously? Didn't I just finish that up? One thing that we did agree on when I went back to work is that dress shirts go to the dry cleaners. They do a much better job at ironing than I do and your bro can go through 8-10 shirts a week. I'd do laundry over floors any day though...