Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Climbing Mt. Laundry

I'm a little bit behind in my laundry. OK not a little bit, more like a lot. Today the goal for the day was to tackle the giant pile.

I started out with "the forgotten load". You know the one. The one that was forgotten in the washing machine last time and now smells like an old cellar. Based on experience with "the forgotten load" I have found that it works best to get rid of this smell by first drying the load before rewashing and drying again. (There's my Suzy Homemaker tip for the day).

After reviving "the forgotten load" I drug the laundry hampers from each bedroom. I'm pretty sure that having a hamper in each bedroom is my down fall in trying to stay on top of the laundry. If I only had 1 hamper I would have to run a load a whole lot more often - like every hour.

My washing machine is against me in this chore. The stupid thing has a digital timer that tells me how many "estimated" minutes left in the cycle. I'm no expert but I don't think it should say the "estimated" time left is 1 minute for 20 freaking minutes!

Of course this task could not be completed without the help of 3 pairs of tiny hands. Little Bear trying to be helpful, Fuzzy trying to be destructive and Wee One trying to be playful. Thanks guys, but I've got this one on my own.

I don't even know where half of the clothes come from. While sorting my loads I found clothes that I haven't seen in a very long time. In fact I'm not even sure they belong to anyone that lives here.

Since there was such a large amount of laundry I decided the best method to attack this chore would be to dedicate 1 empty basket to each of our 5 family members and one for towels and linens and sort each load into them before folding. This method also helped to prove that I need to buy some clothes since my basket was the least full. Somehow the person with the smallest clothes had the fullest basket. I ended up with a 7th basket full of clothes that are too small for one boy but too big for the next.

After all day of continuous load changes I only completed about 7 loads and have not yet made my way back down the other side of Mt. Laundry. I guess we know what the goal for tomorrow is now.


JessS said...

I noticed the same thing with my timer. 1 minute left means ... God knows how long but definitely not 1 minute.