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. :)


  1. Sounds like it is worth a try, but the clothes on your line look a bit unusual.

  2. I do very well at the washing and hanging to dry part. It's the folding that gets me every time. I do try to do a load every day though and it is truly wonderful when I manage to fold and put it away, too. :)

  3. All that folding gets me too. But I think it is a bit impractical for me to do laundry every day. I live alone, so I would only be washing pants, a shirt and underwear. A waste of energy and water in my book.

  4. slow and steady wins the race! it's always easier to eat a meal a bite at a time....

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