This week I’m tackling Mount Washmore!
Doing laundry is another chore that I need major motivation to accomplish. Except, in the case of laundry it’s more the finishing that I need motivation for and not the getting started. Throwing that pile of dirty clothes in the washing machine is no probs! But, since we are without a dryer indefinitely at the moment it’s the hanging I usually dread the most, and coming in a very close second is the folding.
First some tips on creating LESS laundry:
–Rewear items. Check your kids clothes for stains and fold them back up while they are in the bath if the clothes still look wearable.
–Own fewer clothes. This is one that I am currently working on myself. Get rid of (donate or toss) the stuff that is just not getting worn. That itchy sweater? Gone. Those pants that need to be hemmed and you keep forgetting? Gone. The stuff you are hanging on to to one day maybe fit back into? Gone. Keep only things that fit you and you feel fab in! Same goes for kids clothes, get rid of anything they refuse to wear or that never seems appropriate.
In order to get going with the laundry I think of a few things:
-How much more amazing my space will look once it is not littered with piles of mac&cheese encrusted toddler shirts. That will be totes amaze! (And smell better)
-How much I dislike having to dress my kids for the day in pajamas that are a size too small. I love when I can avoid that particular Mom fail and clothe them in ACTUAL clothes. Let’s get this washing ON!
How I motivate myself to keep at it:
My plan for keeping at it involves incorporating this chore into a daily rhythm. I am totally gung ho for Waldorf philosophy and I love their suggestions surrounding being at home with little kids. I recently read an amazing article on The Natural Parents Network called The Beginners Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Family Rhythm and it has inspired me to actually THINK about my laundry routine and where I can fit it in so that I can be more consistent about it. I love the idea of getting this chore out of the way first thing in the morning, so I am hoping I can get at least one step of my laundry routine completed pre-coffee. I imagine the lure of caffeine will provide me with the motivation I need to stick to this plan! Here’s hoping.
Another motivator that I think of while I’m doing my laundry is the eco-friendliness of my current drying situation. I’m not wasting electricity with the dryer on clothes that would otherwise dry just fine the old fashioned way, so I definitely feel good about reducing the impact my family has on the environment. Also, our clothes are treated more gently and are looking better and lasting longer which further reduced our eco-footprint.
At first I dreaded the task of hanging the 8 billion socks my family seems to own and dirty every few days, but as time has gone on I am making a legit effort to consciously welcome the rhythm and ritual involved in hanging everything up.
It is so rare to have such peaceful moments in our crazy, screen driven lives that I find myself sort of looking forward to hanging up sometimes. Sort of. Sometimes.