How often do you do laundry? Do you like to get things done in one big chunk or are you a little bit every day sort of person?
I’ve always had a laundry day where I pair a sedentary task, like writing or paying bills with running 6 loads of laundry through the washing machine. I love the feeling of sitting on the couch in the evening while my husband rubs my back and I fold clothes. A movie plays, kids laugh or a plot thickens and a family gels.
But lately, because my days are full of fun, I’m finding my way to the couch later and later.
I arrive at the couch with barely 20 minutes before my eyelids close. I am too tired to begin a mountain of laundry, much less finish.
It took me awhile to remember. A few loads got abandoned and needed to be rerun to eliminate the skinkage factor, but I finally found my groove.
Here’s what I like about a load a day:
- I carry the basket of clothes to where I’m putting them away, so folding and putting away happen simultaneously.
- A single load of folding happens inside 10 minutes.
- That’s a phone call.
- Before the call ends, the task is completed and I didn’t even notice.
I’m not married to the system. I’ve gone back and forth. Some days don’t work for laundry. Some days lend themselves to 50 minute interruptions and load changes work well for punctuating writing or bills.
I like the switch-hitting approach.
Why did this tiny change bring me so much joy?
Laundry was my favorite household chore for years. I adored folding diapers. Then, years later, I didn’t like laundry. That change made me think of the time my mother told me how hard it was to be the cook of our family after she’d worked all day. I felt icky as a kid. I didn’t want to make my kids feel icky.
But there’s no denying parenting and life is full of drudgery.
When Margot introduced me to her system I realized I had a choice.
Previously, the only choice I’d seen was clean clothes/dirty clothes. Now I saw that I could vary the way I got those clean clothes and…
I’m imagining all kinds of other systems.
- My daughter and I had a big party at the laundry mat and the owner commented he’d never seen anyone have as much fun.
- I can trade laundry with someone else.
- I can ask my husband or my son to do my laundry, but frankly this thought terrifies me.
Simply laughing about laundry and the plethora of choices I have has taken the drudgery out of the equation. There’s no more ick, only the fresh scent of liberally applied fabric softner.
What causes you to get grouchy about drudge work? Do you prefer to stack chores on a particular day or spread them out a little at a time? Do you like to put fabric softner in the washer, the dryer, or let the outdoors infuse your clothes with good scent?
I’ve never heard of SA8 detergent, but I’m all for less is more. Enjoy.