Using an Awkward Pause to Finish Laundry Day

Using an Awkward pause to FINISH Laundry Day at ASlobComesClean.com

It was 2:48. I needed to be at my kid’s school by 3:00. The school is five minutes away.

It was officially an awkward pause in my day. What could I possibly accomplish in seven minutes?

But it was a Monday, and Monday is Laundry Day. And I was rocking Laundry Day on that particular Monday.

Really. When Laundry Day is consistent and I’m really, truly only doing seven days’ worth of clothing for my family of five, I do five loads. Two darks (nice stuff; t-shirts/workout stuff), one whites, one lights, and jeans/dark towels.

If I can put in a load early enough on Sunday night that I can move it to the dryer and put a second load in the washing machine before I go to bed, I’m shocked at how fast I move through Laundry Day on Monday.

My final load of the day had just finished drying. If . . . IF . . . I could get that load folded (straight out the dryer since that method makes laundry magically disappear instead of creating a wrinkly mountain in my living room), I’d be done. Done before 3 p.m. y’all. That’s big.

So I tried.

Even if I didn’t finish before I needed to leave, I’d be five more minutes down the road to Laundry Success.

I’d be proud of myself for not wasting that particular Awkward Pause.

I made it. Here’s proof. I didn’t get it put away, but I matched and “folded” an entire load of (not bright) whites. And y’all, that’s the load I hate folding straight out of the dryer the very most!

I can match and fold socks in five minutes!!!! at ASlobComesClean.com

2:53, and Laundry Day was done. Except for the putting away of that very very last load, but still.

Go me.

Have you tried Laundry Day? Have you joined the (totally unofficial, dues-free) club? I encourage you to try it. It is THE best way I’ve found to keep laundry under control for my ADD, project-focused-mundane-task-resistant brain.

Here’s a podcast about it.

Here’s the long version of how I came to figure out that it’s the best way for me. (Including links to the many other methods I tried that were miserable failures.)

Podcast Listeners Click Here

--Nony

Whatever Works for YOU

Whatever Works for You at ASlobComesClean.com

I have e-books. I’ve come up with ways to keep my home under control, to be able to let non-immediate-family members come inside on a weekly basis. I can tackle a decluttering project with confidence and know I’ll make progress (if not finish) in whatever time I throw at it.

I share all these things (and all the times I fail) with you here on the blog.

I get giddy when someone joins my Laundry Day Club, because I know how home-changing that concept has been for our family.

BUT, I really only care about whatever works for you.

Take my ideas, give ’em a try, and if they don’t work for you, find something that does.

I was once in a meeting-of-the-minds conference call between a cleaning product brand and a group of cleaning experts. (As proof that anything can happen, I was one of the cleaning experts.)

The subject of laundry came up, and another “expert” started going on and on about how he/she could not understand how/why anyone would do all their laundry on one day. How that made no sense when it was so much easier to do one load a day, from start to finish.

I spoke up. I had to. I explained exactly how one load a day goes in my house (how it becomes the same one load day after day because I can’t remember to change it over to the dryer) and why the get-it-over-with-in-a-day-so-I-don’t-have-to-think-about-laundry-for-six-whole-days way works so much better for my Project Brain.

But I totally get how one load a day would be awesome for someone who can make it work for them.

For me, it drains the energy from my soul.

This is why I haven’t promoted a free video e-course recently called Four Steps to Stress Free Homemaking. I wanted so badly to promote it because it was a precursor to the Ultimate Homemaking Bundle sale.

My first cringe came from my personal reaction to what feels like over-simplifying something that isn’t a simple issue for me. But then, I watched the first two videos. I really do like the women in them.

But the first video is all about how one load a day is the way to go. How it’s THE key to never getting behind on laundry again. I was talking to my husband about how I wished I could promote them but couldn’t in good conscience because the first video completely goes against what I believe is a game-changer for people like me. I casually said, “They’re encouraging people to do one load a day, from start to finish . . . ”

Before I could keep rambling, Hubby said, “NO!”

I was surprised at his vehemence.

He shook his head and said, “No. No way. That would be a horrible idea for you. Your way of doing all the laundry on Monday is the only way for you to keep it under control.”

Keep in mind that this man speaks not from theory or from reading my blog, but from experiencing clean socks and undies and rarely-ridiculously-wrinkled t-shirts every day, every week for years now. Like, 4 whole years.

This experience is in stark contrast to his experience in the days when I tried the one load a day method.

He knows what works in our home, because he lives it.

So here’s my point. Do whatever works. Maybe the method in the course is exactly what will work for you. Or maybe you’re like me, and need to treat laundry as a project with a beginning, a middle, and an end and do it as your single focus one day a week.

Want to understand my way and how it came about? Go here.

 

Podcast listeners click here.

 

 

--Nony

You Know What Happens When You Assume?

Why I need to depend on cleaning routines instead of my own assumptions. at ASlobComesClean.com

A friend in college would often quote his grandma on this one.

I’m going to crypticize the statement since I’m a prude.

“You know what happens when you assume? You make a first-three-letters-of-assume out of u and me.”

Assuming gets nobody anywhere.

And usually causes trouble.

A big part of this deslobification process for me has been accepting that assuming I know when it’s time to clean (or more often, when it’s NOT time to clean) only gets me into trouble. Routines help me fight my assumptions and keep our house away from Disaster Status.

Like Laundry Day today.

Last week was Wed Wibbon Week, ugh . . . Red Ribbon Week.  (Seriously. Try to say that ten times in a row.)

As the kids all had various anti-drug programs at school, they also had fun dress-up days.

Dress up days mean evenings spent scrambling to find team shirts and mornings spent frantically searching for that other cowboy boot.

They also mean uniforms which were washed last Monday (last Laundry Day) didn’t get worn. Which means they’re all clean. Which means I assume . . . I could get away without doing laundry today.

I assume that if a week’s worth of school clothing is already hanging in closets, ready to wear, we could probably scrounge around and find enough socks and undies to make it for the next seven days.

But I know how wrong these assumptions always are. Just look at how I roll with doing the dishes.

So last night, we sorted laundry like we do every Sunday night. And lo and behold, there were six loads of clothes and towels that need to be washed. Which is pretty much the same amount of laundry we do every week.

Which does make sense, since there wasn’t even one Go N*ked themed day last week.

So doing the laundry today (it’s 9:47 a.m. and the third load is in the washing machine) means I won’t have TWO weeks worth of laundry to do next Monday, which I ASSUME would make me want to crawl back into bed and cry myself to sleep.

And there’s the added bonus of knowing (not just assuming) everyone will have clean undies every single day.

Yay for that.

--Nony
--Nony

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