A Reader asks:
Am I the only one going crazy with laundry??? I need some ideas for taming the laundry beast. I only have 3 children (so far) but they are all fairly young — 6, 4, and 2. If I don’t stay on top of the laundry, it gets out of control and I get overwhelmed. When I get overwhelmed, I find reasons to put off folding it all. Then it just gets worse! Do my kids have too many clothes? I’m wondering how other mothers approach the clothing/laundry problem.
Hmmmm, are you the only one going crazy with laundry? Most definitely not. I get loads (I kill myself) of email about laundry. But I think you hit upon the answer right there in your own question when you say, “If I don’t stay on top of the laundry, it gets out of control and I get overwhelmed.”
Memorize your own words, my friend, and make them your personal laundry mantra. With a family of your size, doing one load a day should be more than sufficient for staying on top of the laundry beast. If it isn’t, I would say that your kids are probably changing too often and putting clean clothes in the hamper. Find that out first. But then, in order for one laundry load a day to be sufficient, you will have to actually do it. All the way to the closets and the dresser drawers.
I am guessing that you hate to do laundry (a real reach, right?). But unless you manage to strike some kind of awesome deal with your husband and snooker him into taking on the beast himself, you will have to give yourself a bit of an attitude adjustment here.
A huge part of beating down the laundry beast for me was just coming to terms with the idea that I was going to be doing laundry pretty much every day for as far into the future as I could see. And that it would never truly be “done.” Accept that the laundry is a smelly, ugly, thankless, never-ending job and that it’s gloriously all yours. At least for this season in your life. And remind yourself that completing that one load a day — all the way to the closets and the dresser drawers — is a gift you give to yourself. If you do it, you will have peace of mind, a sense of accomplishment, and (here’s the best part) clean clothes! Say it with me now: If I don’t stay on top of the laundry, it gets out of control and I get overwhelmed.
And finally, to further prove the eternalness of the laundry beast and to let you know you are not alone in your loathing, here’s a link to a post I wrote almost three years ago when I was being a bit of a baby about the laundry. All right now others, tell us how you tame the beast.