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