I did a quick (and inefficient – I really need a better search widget) search of my blog just now for posts that contain the word ‘laundry’. I was slightly embarrassed, but not really surprised at how many posts showed up.
Laundry is my nemesis.
It is the thing that haunts my waking hours and even slips into my dreams every now and then.
The other night I had a long and recurring dream that I had to wash all the laundry, and hang it and fold it and put it away. There was a lot of laundry and there was no way I was ever going to get it all done in time. I was panicking… over laundry. It was a horrible dream. And every time I woke up, calmed down and went back to sleep… there is was again.
A laundry nightmare – that sums up my life very well.
But I’m going to change that.
No, there is no new laundry system that is going to magically make it all more manageable. I am not going to hire someone to do it all for me (unless you could the dollar I gave each of my girls for folding and putting away 5 baskets of washing last weekend). I will still have to do the damn laundry, day in, day out… but I am going to love it instead of loathe it.
Yep… I think my biggest problem with laundry is how much I hate it.
I loathe the time it takes me to hang the darn washing. I detest the monotony of folding it. I cringe at the thought of putting it away, or hearing everyone else in the family complain about putting their clean washing away. I crumple at the thought of those mornings when I discover there are not clean school pants. I really, really don’t like laundry… and that makes doing it ten times worse.
I told one of my kids the other day that ‘nothing is all bad’ and it’s time to take some of my own advice.
Focusing on all the bad stuff makes doing the laundry so much worse than it has to be. It’s time to start looking at laundry in a new way. It’s time to get all airy fairy woo woo and embrace the moment, even the moments of laundry. It’s time to find the good in laundry.
There is good things about laundry… really there is;
Laundry gets me outside. Even in bad weather I have to go out into the fresh air to put on or take out a load (we’ve not built our laundry yet so the washing machine is on the back deck). In good weather I am outside even longer to hang it on the line… and to enjoy the sunshine, breathe in the fresh air, hear the birds. Being outside is good therefore laundry is good.
Laundry is easy. When everything else is difficult, when I am not sure how to tackle the next big problem, I can always do some laundry and know that I can at least get that right. Easy is good, therefore laundry is good.
Laundry is mindless. I don’t have to think much when I do the laundry… and that gives me time to think about other things. To let my mind wander, to dream, to think about all the things I usually don’t have time to ponder. Dreaming is good, therefore laundry is good.
You see where I am going here right?
A change of attitude is my goal… I am going to love the living crap out of laundry and make it all good… or at least better.
How many of you think I will succeed??