Distractions make me a bad housekeeper.

Laundry. No, really: LAUNDRY.

I know, I know… So cliché to be a blogger and stay at home mom talking about laundry woes and how I can’t keep up and kids and husband and so much to do blah, blah, blah, BUT — I really need to talk to you about my laundry problem. I just need to know I’m not alone on this.

Here’s the thing: I’m not terribly unorganized when it comes to laundry, nor am I lazy. I have five smaller laundry bins in my closet so that the clothes are already sorted and all I have to do is bring them to the laundry room. I wash my daughters’ clothes together and only separate them into lights and brights, so pretty simple, right?

The problem is I get… distracted.

It takes soooo long (read: more than 10 minutes) for the load to finish in the washer that I forget I’m doing laundry OR I get involved with something else while it’s washing. So then getting that load into the dryer just doesn’t happen. And it sits there for two days and I have to wash it again. And sometimes I even forget again. Or if by some small miracle I get it into the dryer, I then forget about the dryer AND the new load I put in the washer. And then I have to rewash and redry and by then we are all naked or stinky because there are no clean clothes.

Hey, I never claimed to be a good housekeeper.

Do you have a top secret method for remembering you are washing clothes you’d like to share with me? Or do you prefer to keep that tip to yourself so my family is naked and stinky? I wouldn’t ask if I didn’t really, really need to know…

The scene of the crime.

Comments

  1. I stand in fellowship with you on this. Maybe we should set a timer on our phones?

  2. I read a great tip on another blog a few months ago that has really helped me and it actually does involve using a timer 🙂 My dryer has a buzzer so I always remember (okay, I don’t always DO it) that the clothes are in there and dry but am bad about remembering the clothes in the washer. The tip was to time how long it took your washer to wash a load of clothes and then use a timer to help you remember to put them in the dryer. The key is to actually go change the clothes out when you turn off the timer.

    • I have found myself ignoring the timer on the dryer. Usually because it’s on a wrinkle free occasional spin thing so I know it will buzz again. But then it stops and I forget. And I swear to you, as I am typing this? I just remembered I have a load in the washer. It’s a serious problem!