Folks! Remember how I told you about my struggle with laundry and desire for a laundry fairy? Well, all that is still true but I just had a laundry epiphany while folding five loads at five o’clock this morning.
I had just embarked on folding a massive pile of laundry while my coffee cooled before my eyes. I wanted so badly just to sit and enjoy the coffee but our Wednesdays are busy and the laundry beckoned. Alas, I folded on.
And then it happened. I was imagining how later this morning, once my little poppies were awake and fed, I’d lug all the baskets upstairs and to each child’s room. Then I’d place a bunch of hangers on top of each basket and ask them to put their laundry away. You know, the same thing I always do.
And then they would do the same thing that they always do: upturn the basket so that they can “see it all”... Yes, I fold all of their laundry so that they can then dump it on the floor.
When they do this, I always sigh and think to myself, “Well, at least they put it all away.” That’s true, however, this morning I thought to myself:
Why do I even bother folding their laundry???
I’m sure there are wiser moms out there who had this epiphany years ago. They are reading this thinking, “Well, duh.” Wise moms out there, please do all of us other moms a favor and share these gems! Between the hustle and the bustle and the sleep deprivation, it can take years for these epiphanies to happen. I’ve been folding for years, only to have it dumped out moments later.
This morning, I folded my laundry and Schizz’s laundry and then I sorted the rest. This saved so much time! I was able to pay some bills, pack lunches, wrap a couple gifts, set up their breakfast stuff, and then sit here- second cup of coffee piping hot- and share this epiphany with all of you.
Some may call it laundry laziness, but I’m reframing it in positive terms: this is a laundry hack, folks.
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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