Laundry Ramblings (and a Very Helpful Tip)

“I believe you should live each day as if it is your last, which is why I don’t have any clean laundry, because, come on, who wants to wash clothes on the last day of their life?” Anonymous

The laundry pile (not that you couldn’t have guessed!) 

That quote made me laugh.

I’m sure it will pop into my head next time I’m overwhelmed by a pile of laundry. But, in stream-of-consciousness style, hopefully this quote will follow it, “If I knew the world would perish tomorrow, I would still plant my apple tree  do the laundry today.” (Martin Luther)

Why? Because the work God has given us is good. Even sweeping floors and planting a garden are ways to serve Him. And, thankfully, so is doing the laundry.

But see that pile up there? Since moving I just couldn’t seem to tame the laundry monster. I mean, the kids had clean clothes to wear, but we’d often dash to clear the clothes off the couch moments before Joshua came home for dinner. Sometimes, we didn’t get to it, so I’d spend the first twenty minutes after the kids went to bed folding laundry.

It made the old saying “a mother’s work is never done” seem all too true.

Once again, Will looks like he’s up to something mischievous. What’s he up to this time? Folding washcloths. 

Then a dear friend shared this tip from Large Family Logistics with me: get the laundry done early, preferably before noon.

It has been so helpful!

Finishing the day’s laundry is now part of our lunch routine.

Do you know what that means? No more laundry pile staring at me all afternoon. No more racing to put laundry away in the evening. No more folding laundry after the kids are tucked in bed.

What a difference this little tip has made! (Thanks, Brooke!)

Do little tips like that ever make a huge difference in your day? 

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  1. says

    I think that is a brilliant idea! Why do we put off until later in the day what we dread doing later, but just don’t do first thing? I mean if I don’t like grading papers at night, wouldn’t it make sense to grade them first thing? We are funny about putting things off, aren’t we? 😀

    • anna says

      Yes, procrastination is definitely a weakness of mine.

      And it’s amazing the difference it makes when I just do the thing I dread and get it out of the way. (Not that I dread laundry, but other things.) It makes the rest of the day so much more pleasant when I don’t know I’m procrastinating on something I ought to be doing.

  2. says

    What a great idea! I’ve never connected the dots, but on the days I get the laundry done before lunch…it is SO nice! I don’t have that pile of laundry leering at me! 🙂

    I’ve also found that it’s easier for me to plan to do one load a day. It usually ends up only being around 3 loads a week, but if it’s in my daily routine then it gets done when it needs to. Instead of constantly being pushed back and left undone. 🙂

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