I’m generally home on Mondays.
Generally. Translated – Usually. Most often. Probably. Should be.
So, if you ask me if I can guarantee that I’ll be home on Monday, I’ll have to say “No, I can’t guarantee it.”
But if you ask me if I can guarantee that after one week, will there be at least 35 pairs of dirty underwear in my house . . . I can answer with a confident reply of – “Yes, I can absolutely guarantee that there will be at least 35 pairs of dirty underwear!”
It’s my new laundry routine to do all of our laundry on Monday. By the evening on Monday, all pajama and sock and undie drawers should be full to the brim.
It worked very well on weeks one and two, because I was home all day on Monday.
But today was my first Monday that was out of the routine. I spent the day at a friend’s house because this was the only day that would work. And I may be making progress on changing my slobbish ways, but I don’t know that I’ll ever be at a place where I’ll give up a day of socializing for a day of laundry.
Pre-blog, and even pre-new-laundry-routine, I would have just let it pile up. But with Monday being “the day,” I couldn’t. I had a few options. I could change laundry day to Tuesday. That would probably be fine, but I decided to do something crazy.
Even though I was gone most of the day, I did the laundry anyway. I gathered it up last night and made the piles. I put in one load last night and changed it to the dryer as soon as I got up this morning. Another load into the washer, and by the time I was ready to leave the house at 8:30, I started another load. And then upon arriving home this afternoon, I changed it out again, and even folded and put away the loads that were completed.
The big secret to today’s success isn’t a secret at all. It’s the same thing that makes the difference in all of my housekeeping endeavors. Focus. I was focused because I had a plan. A plan to do laundry, ALL of it, on Mondays. So rather than just floating along and letting it pile up and make me more and more stressed, I was focused on Mondays. This focus helped me think ahead last night and adjust for the fact that I wouldn’t be home today. It helped me head right to the laundry room upon arriving home so that I could keep it going. It helped me be motivated to fold and put away the finished loads because there is an actual goal in sight.
I absolutely love not worrying about laundry for the rest of the week, so I’m more than willing to be a laundry fanatic on Monday to avoid having it hovering over my head the rest of the week.
And as for the rest of my daily checklist? I did my evening tasks last night so this morning wasn’t stressful. I was able to empty the dishwasher, sweep and clean up the kitchen before taking the kids to school since I wasn’t running around finding clothes and making lunches.