Are you ever discouraged by laundry? You need to know you’re not the only one, Mama! There is hope for taming the laundry blues!
Guest Post by Sarah Mae
IT WAS SO BAD I decided it would be easier to burn than clean.
I was looking at the laundry.
Piles and piles.
Standing in the middle of the mounds, I thought: Maybe that’s why Steve Jobs wore the same black turtleneck and jeans every day. He could go for days if he needed to, and no one would notice if they were clean or not.
Wouldn’t it be so much easier to just go through, say, five outfits a week? Seems like a good idea to me!
Burning everything? Too dangerous with children around.
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But, seriously, all those clothes? It was not going to work for me anymore. It was time for a change.
With garbage bags in hand, I took care of business in that laundry room, and when I was done, I had five bags full of clothes to get rid of (some to Goodwill, washed first; some to the trash, not washed).
While I’m not actually doing the five-outfit thing, I have significantly reduced our clothing load, and it is glorious.
Are your clothes wrinkled from sitting in the basket after coming out of the dryer?
Do you have a hard time getting your clothes from the basket to the closet and dresser drawers?
Has your laundry basket become the go-to place for clean clothes?
If so, my friend, you may be suffering from what I call LBS—Laundry Basket Syndrome. (No, not “lazy bum syndrome”!)
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And girl, you’ve got to get ahold of this problem and nip it in the bud!
I know, because this is what I do: I put the laundry in the washer, then the dryer, and finally into the laundry basket, assuring myself, “I’ll get to that later.”
But I never do.
A few days go by, and we’re living out of the laundry basket, but the shirt I want to wear is wrinkled. Since I don’t like to iron, I just find something else—and the cycle continues.
I usually just end up washing all the clothes again because they get dumped out, and I don’t know what’s clean or dirty anymore.
I know it’s my fault, but I still feel like the laundry mocks me: “It will never end . . . muhahahaha.”
It’s true, laundry will never come to an end, so I had better find myself a new perspective on my so-called nemesis. In fact, I think I will stop using the word nemesis in the same sentence as laundry. It’s time for a perspective check.
“Thank You, Jesus, that my family has clothes to wear.”
We have a lot of clothes. You know how it is—clothes, like bunnies, just multiply. I am sure if I were to just quit with the “Oh, but that is just too cute, I can’t get rid of it” mentality, I would have much less laundry on my hands and all over my floor.
Here’s the deal: I believe thankfulness goes a long way and we need to have grateful hearts when it comes to our things, but I also think there is a reality at play that just makes taking care of our things very difficult.
What’s a gal to do when it comes to taming the laundry beast?
The number one answer seems to be “Do one load a day.”
You already knew that though, didn’t you? Now you just have to do it.
So friends, let’s link arms and declare, “I WILL NOT LET LBS RULE ME!”
And then, you know, when you leave the clothes in the basket again, give yourself some grace, thank God for your clothes, and keep on.
Love and cleaning fairies,
What are your best laundry tips? Do share!
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