The New Laundry Basket Delusion

Will a New Laundry Basket Solve All My Problems at ASlobComesClean

As I took a photo for yesterday’s post, I re-noticed my oddly shaped laundry basket and laughed.

It’s a special laundry basket.

A Rectangular Laundry Basket that I Thought Would Solve My Laundry Problems at ASlobComesClean.com

It’s rectangular and just the right size and shape to be able to fit TWO on top of my dryer without wasting any space.

My mom bought it (and another just like it) for me about ten years ago.

I’m sure she experienced hopeful glimmers in the depths of her soul when she saw these uniquely-shaped laundry baskets.

Maybe . . . . maybe?? . . . my struggles-with-housekeeping-like-no-one-I’ve-ever-known daughter will finally get her laundry area under control with these baskets.

Maybe.

Now let me be clear that I’m not dissing my mama in this post. She’s awesome. And helpful. And accepting.

Really.

She was trying to help.

When she bought me these laundry baskets, I had no laundry room. Our washer and dryer were basically in the kitchen.

There was a door to the garage, a walkway with the washer and dryer on either side facing each other, and another door-frame-with-no-door going into the kitchen.

(I didn’t take pictures of my laundry “room” back then. Sorry.)

Anyway, an “open kitchen” that included a doorless laundry area was a bad combination for this Future Slob Blogger.

But my dear mama thought two laundry baskets that fit easily on top of my dryer might be the solution.

I thought so too! It makes so much sense!!

Strangely, though, it didn’t work. At all.

So what finally helped? A laundry routine. And that laundry routine, ironically, doesn’t involve laundry baskets of any shape.

Just another example of how my belief that I just needed to find the right PRODUCT to help me get my home under control was wrong. I needed to create the right routine.

Hmmmmm.

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--Nony

The Laundry Day Club

The Laundry Day Club (Are You a Member) at ASlobComesClean.com

I got a comment from one of you over the weekend that made me so happy. It was from a recent Laundry Day Convert.

I’ve been following your blog for a while now and I always resisted the idea of a laundry day. I own a front loader which takes at least 1.5 hours (depending on the laundry program) which is common here in the Netherlands. And I also don’t own a dryer, because of space-issues. These were always great excuses for me to not do a laundry day, because I simply wouldn’t make it in one day…

But this weekend was my first totally free weekend in a while, with good-enough weather to dry and my laundry baskets were piling!

So I decided I should at least try it! On Saturday I washed all the clothes, I really love your idea of finding every last piece of clothing (except for that one sock i found under the couch on sunday, boo) because it leaves you no excuses! And then on Sunday I washed all the towels, sheets, rags, dishcloths, mops… literally EVERYTHING that I wash on 60 or 95 degrees (Celsius).

Point of this whole story, I washed every last piece of laundry in the house (except for that one sock and the clothes we wore) and when I went to bed on Sunday evening I was sooooo happy and satisfied! So happy I might even try to do it again next weekend, when I have less time, but hopefully also a lot less laundry!

So thank you so much for all your great tips! And especially the one about finding every last bit of dirty laundry! (And I’ll first check under the sofa next week!)

Yay!!! I am a big fan of each person finding a routine that works for her unique personality, but I also know people like me tend to get overwhelmed at the thought of a Laundry Day and so we resist trying it.

I decided to do a quick search for past comments from others who love Laundry Day:

I started having Laundry Day about 3 months ago and I L-O-V-E it. I tell everyone I know. It’s like the gospel of housekeeping. Tuesday has been laundry day but next week it moved to Wednesday to accommodate my newly-minted middle school football player’s game schedule.

Your post about the way you learn led to my deliverance from the never-ending cycle of guilt and no clean underwear. Thanks so much for giving me permission to be me. ❤️

My mantra has been “Dishes, Dinner, Laundry”. I would chant it all day to remind myself to focus on the critical tasks that had to get done every day.

About a month ago, though, I read a post of yours about the way you learn. It gave me permission to try doing ONE BIG laundry day every week, instead of trying to do a little laundry EVERY blessed day. It is working out BEAUTIFULLY!

Now, I need a new mantra. May work with your summer checklist for that…

Thanks!

My laundry day got moved to Tuesday this week, and due to crazy busy craziness, laundry didn’t get folded last week. But, as the first load was washing today, I folded all of last week’s laundry, and am on track today. The best thing about habits is that even when they are derailed, you can jump back in and catch up.

I have been LOVING one laundry day! I still toss in one load a day through the week, but i have ONE designated day that i get the bulk of clothing done and that frees up the rest of the week for towels, sheets, kitchen rags, critical loads of pants/undies for the 4yo who still has accidents etc. My 9yo also picked a laundry day for herself (because she got tired of waiting on mom to wash her clothes) and whips through it in no time. Its also been nice to say “Hey, while you’re down there, could you switch loads?” and she will toss the dryer load onto my bed for me, and go from there. The 4yo helps to fold and puts her clothes away–not neatly, but she’s FOUR!, and the 6yo folds and puts his clothes away as well.”

I have recently implemented a weekly laundry day inspired completely by you! Today was my third successful laundry day and I feel on cloud nine each time the day is over. I feel so accomplished and there are not clothes all over my dresser. :-) Part of my laundry day is to clean the laundry room too and make homemade detergent if necessary. Though I feel like I spend a lot of my time in my laundry room on laundry day, I don’t have to go in there for the rest of the week! Thank you for the inspiration!!

Aaaaahhhhhh. Those comments make me happy.

Again, if you have a routine that works for you, keep doing it!! But if laundry is a constant frustration and you find yourself (or your family) running out of undies more often than you’d like (which is EVER), I encourage you to give Laundry Day a shot. And don’t forget it’s the SECOND Laundry Day that wins people over. That’s when you get a realistic understanding of what ONE week’s worth of laundry is (and how long it takes to do it all) in your house.

Other posts about laundry:

My Laundry Metamorphosis

Here it is: My Laundry Day in All of Its Glory

How I Adjust to Changes in Routine

Phantom Laundry (The Laundry Management Method That’s Rocking My World)

Conquering Laundry (A Podcast)

Hubby Did the Laundry!

Teaching Kids to Do Laundry (A Laundry Day Lesson Plan)

Are you a member of the Laundry Day Club? (If not, don’t worry. We’ll still be friends!)

Oh, and if you’re a true Laundry Day lover, you know that the picture doesn’t’ really fit my laundry day style since I don’t use laundry baskets when I’m doing Laundry Day right!

--Nony

Five Years Later, I Did the Laundry

My 5th blogiversary. What I did five years later at ASlobComesClean.com

I officially missed my fifth blogiversary.

Some bloggers host parties and giveaways to celebrate the anniversary of the day they started blogging, but I’m pretty sure that will never happen around here. I started blogging the day my second child went to kindergarten. That means the first day of school (or somewhere around there) always marks the milestone for me.

I can’t see myself ever getting a big celebration organized in the last few weeks of summer.

I didn’t have a party, but I did do the laundry.

Because the first day of school was a Monday, and Monday is Laundry Day.

Even though last week, Laundry Day didn’t happen until Wednesday (or maybe Thursday).

And that right there is the biggest change that has happened to me in the past five years of blogging my deslobification process.

Pre-blog, one of two things would happen (again and again):

1. I’d “conquer” laundry and then sit back to enjoy being finished. Two weeks later, my feelings were hurt and my brain was fuzzy because I couldn’t figure out why laundry was more out of control than ever.

2. I’d “manage” the laundry by throwing in a load whenever I remembered or we needed something. Do I really have to explain why this wasn’t a good method??

What’s different now?

Routine exists. Laundry has a day. Monday is that day. When Monday happens (as it does every single week), my brain (usually) remembers that it’s time to do laundry.

So when Monday happened, even though I didn’t have a full week’s worth of laundry to do, I knew that getting back on the ROUTINE was more important than any logical argument I could have had with myself about how it would make more sense to wait until later.

I did the laundry. It was less laundry than usual, but it’s now caught up. Now=Thursday.

Right. Monday was crazy because one of my kids broke his arm. But when I got back from visiting various doctors, laundry was already sorted and even though I was mentally and physically “done” for the day, it made sense to my brain to change over a load since I was in the middle of Laundry Day.

It also made sense to my brain to keep (over the next two days) doing loads until I was finished with the piles on the floor outside my laundry room.

And my brain likes knowing that I’m done. And that the piles growing bigger in bedrooms and bathrooms aren’t taunting me, they’re NEXT week’s laundry. Next week’s only-a-week’s-worth-of-laundry.  For this week, I’m done.

I like love being done.

And that’s what these past five years of my deslobification process have been all about: Finding ways to keep my house under control that make sense to my brain. That actually work. In my house. For my family.

Go me.

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I linked to it up there, but I’ll link one more time here. If you are completely confused about my Laundry Day Logic, be assured that it was a long process for me to figure out what works for us. You can see the process here: My Laundry Metamorphosis.

--Nony
--Nony

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