My dear lazy people.
When will we find a cure for the epidemic that plagues households everywhere? The epidemic that tears families apart. Makes mothers cry softly in their sleep. Brings pain to so many all over the world?
The laundry epidemic.
It’s beyond tragic.
I’m on a new mission, people.
A mission to prevent this from happening in my house anymore and in countless households all over the globe:
Yes, I have decided I want my couch back. I’m tired of it looking this way weeks on end. And the terror it strikes in my heart when I realize people are coming over.
Let me show you what I came up with to eliminate this problem that plagues so many households and brings families to their knees in prayer that they can find a pair of underwear hidden in the giant clothes mountain on the couch every week.
My laundry room is in the basement and it’s quite big… because… well, it’s in the basement. I had a sort of “system” in place already to corral hand-me-downs and off-season clothes. But I rounded it out a bit more by putting those items in unused tubs I had and labeling them with a sharpie.
Because how many of you know that when you label things with a sharpie it makes things way more official?
Then I started thinking about items that land on my couch every week. Things that don’t belong to individuals, but clog up the arteries of our laundry flow because of that fact. Towels and sheets were the biggest culprits.
So I started labeling laundry baskets I already had to corral these items that needed a new home (other than on my couch).
THEN, I needed a new home for everybody’s folding clothes (I hang up all of our hang-up clothes on a big rod I have down there). So I labeled a basket for Lazy Dad’s clothes and I went out and bought the cheapest little laundry baskets I could find and labeled those with my kids’ initials.
Now that everything had a new “home” I was hopeful that my couch would stop growing clothes out of it and taunting me with them every time I walked past them.
I tested out my new system for 2 weeks and I’m happy to report that IT’S WORKING. Yes, people, my couch has been clothes-free that entire time and we’re hopeful it will make a full recovery.
So here’s how my new system works. As items come out of the dryer I either hang them or fold them. All folded clothes go in their appropriate basket. Then about once a week I tell everyone to go downstairs and get their laundry baskets and put away their clothes. I don’t care how they put them away, or if they stay folded or not, as long as they are in their drawers and not on my couch, I’m a happy little lazy mom.
When the towel basket gets full I stand there and fold them and then go put them away. Same with the sheets. Everything has a home now in my laundry room. A place where it can sit if I can’t get to it right away, which is no longer on my couch.
And just like that, I save the world.
(What? I like to pretend I’m more awesome than I am.)
So here’s my Lazy Mom Tip to you… take an assessment of your laundry situation. Take notes if you have to! Write down what clogs up the flow of your laundry arteries and then take your list to the store and walk up and down the laundry aisle and look for solutions. Find baskets that will fit in the space you have, or if you have very little space to work with, think of unconventional ideas that will work for you. (Look up! Maybe a shelf above your washer and dryer can hold some baskets for you. Look down! Maybe raising your washer and dryer will give you some space below to work with?)
And remember, we all suffer from this laundry epidemic. We’re all in this together. And God-willing we’ll all survive.
What are some ways you handle the laundry epidemic? I’d love to know! Leave a comment below.
If you liked this tip, you’ll also like my tip where I solve the sock plague.
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