Now it is almost 11:00 p.m., the kids are finally all asleep, Tyson has just left for work, and I could spend some time finishing the post. But something else is standing in my way. It's a load of laundry that just came out of the dryer. I have a strict laundry rule that I try my best to adhere to, ever since I read the suggestion on FlyLady's website a few years ago (at least I think it was there). The rule?
Never start a load of laundry
unless you're going to see it all the way through
"Doing the laundry" doesn't just mean throwing the load in the wash and forgetting about it until it turns sour and needs to be re-washed (or set fire to). It doesn't mean remembering to put it in the dryer and turn on the machine, but then leaving the dried load in there so long it gets completely wrinkled and requires extra ironing, wrinkle release, another damp-dry cycle, or even rewashing. It means doing all the steps, one after another, at the right time, in the right order:
5- Put Away
Right now I have a load teetering between steps 3 and 4, and I must get to it. And to my accompanying re-run of Dancing With the Stars (my ideal and favorite laundry-folding entertainment).
What's your laundry M.O.? Do you have "Laundry Day" one day a week, and get it all done at once? Do you do a load a day? Do you do it whenever? Do you send your laundry out, or do it at the laundromat? The laundromat seems like no fun at first, but it has its virtues; you can do so many loads of laundry all at once! I need to make a trip there to wash my queen-sized comforter in one of the large-capacity washers. Maybe I'll haul the rest of my laundry over there at the same time. What do you like to do while you fold clothes? What detergent do you use? I always, always think everyone else's laundry smells better than mine, but I don't know if that's really true or if I'm just so used to the smell of my own clean laundry (which does smell good...don't get any weird ideas). Ahh, laundry...I could go on and on...just like laundry does...forever...and ever...and ever...