Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ultimate Avoidance

You're going to want to sit down for this one. I have discovered the ultimate way to avoid the laundry and it is not what you would expect. Here it is:
  • The Best way to avoid the laundry is to do it.
I'll give you a minute to catch your breath and then I'll explain. Feeling okay? Is the lightheadedness going away? Then let me expound upon this profundity.
While I was out in California, I carefully watched my sister-in-law's method of dealing with the dirty clothes. Every day she did a load completely--washed, dried, folded and put away. And if you were not paying attention, it happened fast enough that you might miss it. I decided to try this same method when I got home and discovered several things.

When I do laundry once a week, the dirty clothes pile up. The closet gets full and smelly. When I wash, it takes all day. If I do manage to fold all of it, it takes hours. If I don't fold it, which happens more often, then we are tripping over baskets, heaps and wads of clean clothes in the bedrooms. If, however, I do one load a day--completely, then it's over and done before I have time to feel the pain. It's kind of like ripping off a bandaid. There are no piles on the bed or floor. The closet doesn't smell. And the girls don't gripe about folding a few pieces at a time.

So it would seem that finishing up quickly and not having to look at it or dig through it to find what you need is actually a more effective way of Avoiding the Laundry than just pretending to ignore it but not really being able to escape it.

Aren't paradoxes fun?

*the trading card was made for my by HG of the Shoebee Crew as is called "Hanging the Laundry". When I find the perfect frame it is going on the wall in my laundry room, which happens to be the same blue as this card. :)

Monday, March 2, 2009

101 Uses for a dryer sheet

I've updated the list for the coffee filters and thought it was time to add a new item to our 101 Uses lists. This time, Dryer Sheets!

  1. Tie or pin a dryer sheet to your clothing to repel mosquitoes when you are letterboxing. I tuck mine into my cap to keep them away from my face.
  2. They also repel ants...
  3. ...and mice...
  4. ...and yellow jackets...
  5. They will take the odor out of books and photo albums.
  6. Remove static electricity from your tv or computer screen...
  7. ...it also helps keep dust from resettling on those surfaces.
  8. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors and tubs.
  9. Put one in the vaccum cleaner.
  10. Store one in empty luggage to keep them smelling fresh when not in use.
  11. Store them in sleeping bags or camping gear.
  12. Lay them in drawers or on shelves in closets.
  13. Put them in the top of laundry hampers...
  14. ...or gym bags...
  15. ...or tennis shoes...
  16. ...or garbage cans...
  17. ...or litterboxes...
  18. ...or the fridge... (you'd think we had issues with stinkiness, wouldn't you?)
  19. Run a threaded needle through a dryer sheet to keep it from tangling.
  20. Use them to collect pet hair from furniture.
  21. Use them to remove baked on food from cookware. Lay a sheet in the pan and fill with water. Let it sit and then wipe off the food. The anti static agent helps break the bond between the food and the dish.
  22. Use them to clean up saw dust after sand or drilling.
  23. Dust venetian blinds with a dryer sheet.
  24. I have used them to control my girls' fly away hair.
  25. Rub them on slips, skirts, etc to remove the static.
  26. Oh! I almost forgot! You can put them in your dryer too.
Your turn!