I suck at laundry. Like, horribly.
I am super at actually "doing" it... the washing, the folding... it's the putting away that I'm horrible with.
So I put it in a laundry basket (folded and clean) and then life gets busy and....
a, part 1: then the laundry basket gets put away and then a few days go by and then we get panicky for clothes and pull them from the basket and then the neat piles become un-neat and then I get confused if the basket was the clean ones or the dirty ones and then they sit until I decide to re-wash them.
a, part 2: they sit until they get wrinkled and I plan an "ironing day" and then just wait for that to be convenient.
b. as I am putting them away I realize how many of them Elizabeth can't wear anymore so I pull those out and put them aside to "deal with" until later and then the ones she can't wear get mixed back with the ones she can and then I have to do this whole charade again.
All this to say, I suck at doing laundry. (This is the point where I hate that my mom reads me blog... I'm guessing she's about to want to kick me out of her family right about now. She is excellent at laundry.) But tonight I decided I'm over it. It's mentally exhausting to keep putting off the inevitable. There's part of me that blames "space"... we don't have enough room in our dresser/closet for all our crap. But how American is *that*? That I have so much stuff I don't have space to put it up? Crap. So tonight I pulled all the laundry baskets (we have 4... just for our junk... E has one of her own... I've tried to figure out which basket(s) work best) out and brought them downstairs. I've spent several hours sorting what's there and washing the laundry we had that was dirty. Now, midway into the wee hours of the night/morning, everything we own in this house is clean... and about to be put up where it belongs.
I'm thankful for friends who brought me caffeine around 10:30... and I'm thankful for finally getting this done.
Now the question becomes: how will we deal with laundry in the future? Clearly, our current way of handling it doesn't work. I ask you- people of the interwebs- what do you do? How do you make laundry work? We're open to ideas....