Just One Word

Laundry!

Ladies pull up a seat and let us talk about laundry….

No, I have not discovered the magic portal at the back of the dryer that steals socks.  I have not invented a machine that will fold our clothes for us.  I am not here to tell you some amazing secret that will solve all your laundry problems.

So, why am I bringing up this ugly subject? Well ladies, we all have laundry.  If you have living people in your home, you have laundry. It is something we all have to deal with, unless you have a maid to do it for you.( I know, I know that would be nice.) We all have to face the laundry baskets and hampers at some point before the monster gets out of control.

I really don’t have a secret formula. I am still trying to figure out what system works best for us and what really doesn’t work for us.  I have learned what worked two years ago might not work as well right now. Right now what works best is dividing the clothes into four sections: Boys clothes, Girls clothes, Me and Brian’s clothes, and towels . I also found that small loads are more manageable, and makes it easier for the children to help. It also makes it easier to fold and put away.  I have folded the same basket of clothes at least 3 to 4 times before because they were not put away quick enough. (That has happened to many times to count.) I have taught my children how to use the washer and dryer. I also start teaching them how to fold at a young age, that is when they are most eager to learn and help. Even Colt who is five can fold pretty well.

Just a little Henry Laundry History:  The first 4 1/2 years of marriage I lived in family housing at Mississippi State University.  We had to do laundry at the laundry mat on campus or go to my parents house.  Not fun at all not having a washer and dryer.  So, when my hubby graduated and we moved off campus and I got our first washer and dryer I was beyond thankful and excited. Baby #3 was on the way and I had two little ones 2 and under. So lots of messes and lots of laundry. As much as I really don’t like laundry, I was beyond thankful for the reasons I had so much laundry. Through the years we have added to our household. So that meant I added more and more laundry.  There have been times the laundry sat on the loveseat for a little to long.  There have been times I folded a basket of clothes so I would have a place to put the clothes coming out of the dryer.  There have been times I just wanted to go sit in my closet with a bag of Dove chocolate and a cup of coffee to avoid the laundry baskets. Other times I remember the reason I have all this laundry. I remember what a blessing it is to have a washer and dryer. I remember the little ones that need clean clothes. I remember that laundry in and of itself is a reminder of all my blessings. It is all about perspective.

So ladies, please leave some of your laundry tips in the comment section to share with everyone else. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

-Pamela Henry

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