Friday, December 06, 2019

Dirty Laundry

Talk to me about your dirty laundry.... and your clean laundry.  How do you keep up?!  Out of all the household chores, folding laundry is the one I dislike the most.  I often wonder how my Mom did it.  For decades, she didn't even use her dryer.  No one did and every backyard had big "T" poles for a clothesline.  Every morning, she washed clothes then hung the wet wash on the line.  Every afternoon, she took it down.  She had a beat up brown plastic clothespin bucket that she had fastened a wire coat hanger to to use as a hook.  She had poked holes in the sides and snipped the hanger to slide through the holes. It hung on the clothesline to hold the clothespins and she slid it along as she went.  Funny how I can picture that old bucket in my head plain as day.  Often our backyard neighbor was out doing the same thing, so they'd meet at the fence to chat.  I have years of memories of that.  Being barefoot out in the dew soaked grass while my Mom dealt with laundry.  Sometimes I'd help, but I didn't like it then either!

Today I couldn't imagine doing all that extra work!!!  I don't even know how or why we have so much laundry for only four people.  I gave up sorting long ago.  That's right -- if it's dirty, it gets washed no matter what color it is.  Ninety-nine percent of our clothes are dark anyway.  The only time I sort is if we have a brand new red shirt or something of a bright color that may bleed.  After a few washes, it's deemed good enough to go in the gen pop.  One of my very first tasks every day, is to dump all the clothes and towels from the previous day in the washer. It's the only way I can keep up - do one sometimes two loads a day.  I usually have my load of clothes washing before 7am.  Then before noon it gets tossed in the dryer.  Into a basket it goes, and if I'm lucky, it gets sorted after a few days.  Towels folded.  My hanging clothes hung.  Folded things tucked away in my dresser.  That's the part I hate.  I gave up on the kids clothes a few years ago.  It's just too much.  They have a clean basket in their room.  I sort by kid in piles and dump clean clothes in the basket in their room.  At least it's all clean.  Having baskets of clean clothes sitting around is better than mounds of dirty clothes any day.  (At least that is what I tell myself!!)

So do tell --  did you do laundry today?  And are your clothes all washed and put away??

10 comments:

  1. I remember helping my mother hang laundry on the line too. It's just the two of us, but I do hate laundry, especially the folding and hanging up part! If I don't put the laundry up right away, my cats get in the warm clothes and wrinkle everything! lol

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The cats love to do that here, too!

      Delete
  2. I hate folding laundry too...and it's only for myself! When my kids (45 of them) were little, there were so many complaints about which pair of blue jeans I put in whose drawer that I told them they all had to do their own laundry. It made for a MUCH more peaceful house. My husband had been doing his own laundry ever since I put his Air Force shirt in with something red, he dressed in the dark, and arrived on base wearing pink.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. OOps...I did not have 45 children; I had 5 children.

      Delete
    2. We have the issue of mixed up clothing allll the time. Especially when my husband does it. Both girls and I wear about the same size, so he has no clue what belongs to whom!

      Delete
  3. You know, I hate to fold laundry too. Now here is the interesting thing. Right now it is just hubby and me so nothing like when the kids were at home. I started playing Pandora when I was folding clothes and I found that I only got through 1 song of Pandora and the folding was done! Here I had thought it took forever when in reality it took about 5 minutes at the most. Like I said, the kids are grown so its just 2 of us. We do about 3-4 loads a week. I have it broken down and its pretty manageable. The problem we have these days is with our electric company. It has a reduced rate between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., a savings of 70%. This is from November through April. So now I have to adjust to do the laundry during those hours when I used to get it done first thing in the morning, but that's a pretty big savings so its worth it. I set the timer a lot so I don't forget that I have clothes in the washer or dryer.

    betty

    ReplyDelete
  4. I will do laundry tomorrow :)

    ReplyDelete
  5. I consider myself very lucky in that my husband takes care of the laundry! I do help fold. I don't mind folding, especially when the stuff is just out the dryer and warm.

    ReplyDelete
  6. This has always been my least favorite task.
    And just so you know, when it's only two people, it's still there every freaking day. I usually do laundry 5-6 days a week. Still.
    I do sort and almost all of our dark stuff get's hung up to dry right out of the washer....undies, workout clothes, bras, etc... so, that makes it easier. No waiting to hang it up.
    But, usually I'll let a basket or two of the other stuff build up, drag it to the couch in the family room and fold it while watching something on my DVR. I feel like I'm killing two birds with one stone. (the poor birds!) I remember my mom hanging up all our clothes on the line too as a kid. I also remember her running outside when it starts raining to save it all. Darn Florida sun-showers!

    ReplyDelete