I have developed a new relationship with my laundry. Here’s a post about my relationship with my laundry up until this afternoon. Here’s a reprise:
For most of my adult life, laundry has been the chore I just couldn’t stand to do. Over the years, I have come to have a good, strong hate for doing laundry. (And before anyone says anything, I am absolutely aware of how selfish an attitude that is, and that I should be grateful to have laundry to wash, and clean water to use. I am grateful. No excuses.)
I would procrastinate; I let others do it for me. I even took a couple of trash bags of dirty laundry to the laundromat, and had them wash, dry, and fold. I let my laundry pile up in my bedroom until I needed a sherpa to get over it.
Until today. A little background: I am usually extremely low on funds during the last week of the month. Came time to do the laundry from the week before, and I realized: no quarters, no laundry. I let my clothes wait. I have hampers now, so no more Mount Laundry. Finally, I remembered today to buy quarters.
So I have three weeks worth of dirty laundry. I sorted all my sheets and towels, and a load of shorts and tops. The rest I left in a pile on the floor. I went downstairs to the laundry room in my building, waited a while for the machines, and loaded my stuff. I’d brought a book downstairs, but I got into a conversation with some neighbors.
My laundry was then ready to go in the dryer. I read my book, and chatted with more neighbors, until my stuff was dry. And that’s when the change happened.
As I folded my clothes, and happily folded clean sheets and towels — Hooray — I realized that in two hours, I dealt with more than a week’s worth of clothes. No strain; the only chore about it was deciding what to wash and what to leave. I enjoyed the community room, where someone thoughtfully set the A/C on Freeze; I read more of my book than I ever read before I fall asleep; suddenly, laundry was not too tough.
Two hours a week, instead of two more sessions like today to catch up. So, my laundry and I understand each other, now. I will wash my clothes when they require washing, not let them collect. A new day for me, I guarantee.