(10 points to the first person who can tell me what song the title of this post comes from!)
Do you have a newborn that’s pooping through 5 outfits a day? You have laundry.
How about that 8th grader that forgets to bring home her PE uniform until its stiff and can stand on its own? Laundry.
Are you the mom of an empty nest? You STILL have laundry.
Whatever your stage of life – laundry.
In my earlier years of marriage, I was completely overwhelmed by laundry. I had piles of clean clothes filling all the sofas. After all these years – I don’t hate laundry. (And now you hate me.)
Let me share some tips to help make it bearable.
Decorate your laundry area. Make it cozy. Make it fun. Make it you. Paint it pink and girly. Or if you’re blessed with a partner that helps with the chore, put up some fun photos of the two of you. Display some inspirational thoughts. Go all out and hang that Johnny Depp poster from your freshman year. Make your laundry area some place you can want to be.
You need a surface to fold on. This year we had a counter mounted over my washer and dryer. I HIGHLY recommend it. If that’s too over-the-top for you, buy a card table. It’s very convenient to take that nice, warm load of clothes out of the dryer and get straight to work on it. Speaking of which – have you ever noticed that it only takes about 4 minutes to fold one load of clothes?
Take the TV to the laundry room. Don’t take the laundry to the TV. If you like to catch up on your favorite shows while you fold, take your laptop or tablet to your laundry area. If you’re so inclined, mount a TV right there on the laundry room wall. Don’t take the laundry to your living area.
Create a sorting system. I searched all the .coms for a laundry sorting system that met my criteria. I was on the verge of spending hundreds, but then went rogue and spent only $12. I purchased 4 white laundry baskets, set them in a row on my laundry room floor, and taught my kids how to sort darks-towels-whites-colors. Mind blown.
Music. Big or small, your laundry room has plenty of room for Run DMC, One Direction and the Beatles to join you. Beyonce might try to stop by.
Whether your routine is to do one load every evening after work, or you prefer to do it all in one day – don’t let laundry take over/ruin your life. Breathe in the sweet smells of fabric softener and soak up the warmth of that load of clothes that’s about to emerge from the dryer. It doesn’t have to be your worst enemy.