Sunday, April 12, 2015

Laundry pods -

This is an old post that I still think about because I still do laundry every Godforsaken second and I still am terrible at the whole process. My most favorite trick is to 1) wash clothes 2) dry them and 3) let the clean clothe sit in a basket for a week to the point that they are practically unrecogonizable (not a word) as  clothes ---  and in my panic to rectify the extreme wrinkliness (not a word)  I sometimes REWASH them to try and fix them and... sigh - - it goes from there. Recently though I have had two miniature laundry breakthroughs (don't get excited) that have drastically (overstatement) helped this miserable cycle.

The word "fling" makes it all so carefree
1) I bought these laundry pods.  They are more expensive, but somehow one less step of pouring liquid in to a bottle cap and launching the liquid in to my washer feels... luxurious.  Maybe not that extreme, but it feels easier which equates to luxury.  I bought my first container at Sam's andit is cheaper there ($20 for 92 pods at Sam's and last week I paid  $18 for 72 pods at Target). What a dumb thing to spend money on.  But anything that makes the process more bearable.  

2) I have found a guilty pleasure in different TV series - something Joe is not interested in.  I save up a couple of loads of clean laundry and settle in to some trashy TV program to fold. I literally look forward to it. My current show is "Outlander" from the Diana Gabaldon book of the same name.  It premiered on Starz but it is now available on Amazon. 

Me when it comes to Outlander

I think there are a few towels somewhere that need to be re-folded;
so I better watch another episode.

Here is my original hate filled post about laundry and my plan to dominate it. 
Laundry is my enemy - my real nemesis -  it literally is never going to end, and I do not enjoy any step along the way (except maybe the way my laundry room smells when I am washing or drying, other than that - bleh). 

I have become obsessed these past two weeks to get ahead of my laundry.  My goal is just to maintain a manageable amount, and so I have started doing one load every day, folding it and putting it away.  All THREE horrific steps in one day, but just one load.  I've done well with it so far - only skipped one day, and my success has allowed me to envision myself, some day, writing a book instead of glaring at full laundry baskets, because I have so much free time. AND it's nice to not look around your house and see laundry baskets everywhere full of maybe clean or maybe dirty laundry. 

I ran into trouble today as I discovered that my drawers and linen closets can not accommodate everything being clean at once.  Their success relies on the idea that a fraction of stuff is always dirty and therefore stored in a basket somewhere.  It is both an epic accomplishment that I did so much laundry and an epic failure that I have discovered I have too much stuff, I guess, or not efficient enough storage.  So if I am going to stay good at laundry I need to eliminate a few things.  I need to start a new give away bag.  

This Tired Girl has enjoyed her one laundry-load-a-day plan for the last 2 weeks.  Does anyone out there have a laundry plan?  Throwing your husbands dirty clothes out, one pair of socks at a time doesn't count.  Here is one idea - but I need more.

Here is a an image I found online that accurately represents our household. I have no one to blame but myself. 

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