I know what it means to hate laundry. In fact, I know what it means to loathe it. I really tried every way of configuring a schedule to despise it less.
I did laundry daily, I did it weekly, I put an alarm in my phone to remind me just to do it (had it to go off to a favorite song so I would welcome the reminder)– and while this method proved to be the most promising of the bunch, I would inevitably end up with laundry still left over at the end of the night.
It would get pushed onto the floor never to be heard of again. I know pathetic! Please tell me I’m not the only one….
Thanks to the architectural design of our home, this laundry room is tiny, and leads out to the garage.
This means we spend a lot of time crossing this area… and stepping over laundry.
To pile one more thing on (pun), so much stuff was forgotten. There were times I said, “Sure hon, I’ll make sure your favorite pinstriped black shirt is washed for you to wear tomorrow,” whilst panicking as to where I can even find said shirt in the heap.
So anyway, onto the solution. I read about how positive association can help turn tasks we hate into tasks we like.
I only allow myself to watch Downton Abby (or anything for that matter since I don’t have TV, Netflix, or Hulu Plus, crazy I know!) as long as I am in the laundry room folding clothes.
Now when I have downtime in the afternoon and feel like watching something, I watch it while folding and ironing. The fact that I iron is kind of a new miracle, but I usually work on it when I’ve folded all the clean clothes and haven’t finished Mary’s latest drama. I keep my ironing board hung on the wall behind the door and my iron on top ready to plug in.
I even find myself tidying the room just to buy a little time to finish an episode (which makes a huge difference in how the room functions and how I feel when I go in there).
Positive association therapy at its finest!
Laundry and dishes are really the pivot on which household management turns. If you can manage to keep up on both, everything else falls into place much easier.
Give this a try and let me know how it works.
The trick for me was to make it easy. I found it totally worth the investment in the DVDs, and I like how it stays set up all the time so it’s easy to turn on without having to track anything down.
Of course, use your tablet (or laptop) if you don’t have a DVD player handy.
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