It's no secret that I hate laundry. It is one of my least favorite chores and I typically struggle to keep on top of it, simply because I don't enjoy it. Does anyone really enjoy it? Some may, but those people are crazies.
I think the reason I despise it so much is because there is no end to it. Just when you get to the base of your hamper and realize that yes, your hamper actually does have a bottom, someone takes a shower and *sigh*, here we go again. Never. Ending. As long as we have clothes and as long as we wear them, there will always be laundry. It simply can't be helped. It's the vicious cycle of life.
This is why I'm still holding tight to my idea of disposable clothing. Cute, cheap, and throw it away at the end of the day. Sheer genius!
But until someone out there takes my idea and runs with it, we'll have to deal with washing, drying, folding and putting away.
It's part of The Curse.
Husby and I had this washer/dryer set that pieced out on us a couple years ago. They still work, but every cycle in the wash takes only 10 minutes (no matter which setting you use), and every dry cycle takes at LEAST two hours - and at that, sometimes you had to start it again. Maddening, I tell you. Absolutely maddening.
It literally took all day long to do a couple loads of laundry, which meant that I was NEVER caught up. Ever. My hamper was billowing and my patience was worn smooth. So, about a month ago we knew it was high time for a new set.
A beautiful set.
A sparkly set.
An intelligent set.
A set that actually washed for longer than 10 minutes and dried in a decently timely manner.
Meet My Beauties:
Y'all. This washer and dryer has CHANGED my life. I have to say, I was absolutely giddy doing my first loads in these bad boys. They are Whirlpool High Efficiency Top Loaders. And. I. Love. Them. The size inside is enormous and I can fit more than double than what I could in my last. The soft gentle "ding ding ding" soothes me at the end of the cycle instead of the horrific "BUUUUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ" that my last one did that made me irate and Levi cry. Oh, and all the different cycle options? HEAVEN!
The top is clear so you can SEE your clothes as they wash. When we first got them, Husby and I stood in there for ten minutes and just watched the clothes in their cycle. No lie. It was weird. We were mesmerized. And there's even a light that you can flip on to really see the action going on inside. It is just too much fun.
I have to say, this new set has changed my laundry life. I keep up with it every day and most every night the hamper is .... wait for it .... EMPTY! It's a complete MIRACLE. I hope that this is a lifestyle change and that I am morphing into my Mom and Grandma - - The Laundry Queens of the World.
No, seriously. They do laundry all the time. There is never a stitch of dirty clothing in their laundry rooms. It's amazing. It's like they have little secret laundry elves that do nothing but laundry all day, and then they take the credit. I don't know how they do it. They are pro's. And I know their secret: Do it daily and do it as often as needed.
I have started doing a load in the morning and a load in the afternoon and voila - caught up!
I was discussing my newfound laundry life on Facebook the other day and someone asked, "how on earth do you have enough laundry to do a load every day?"
I was a little taken aback by this question, because I have enough laundry to do TWO loads per day. I told her that we are the family that uses a fresh towel for every shower or bath, and fresh jammies every night. That alone is a load in itself! Then you add in other clothes, undies, sheets as needed, blankets, etc., and we always have a load! I was pretty flabbergasted that some families don't!
Then I polled my FB friends and asked them if they use a fresh towel after each shower or bath, and if not, how many days they use them. I was SHOCKED at how few people use a fresh one every time. My family is definitely in the minority, but it's something we love. Nothing beats a good fresh towel after a long hot shower.
So now I'll ask YOU: Are you a fresh each time person or a re-user? How long do you use your towel before getting a new one?
Oh, laundry laundry laundry. How can I talk for so long about something I don't even like? Ha!
Weigh in with your laundry woes and victories! :)