Thursday, 18 August 2011

The Laundry Monolith

I don't know about you, but I pretty much have a pile of clean laundry at the back of my lounge-room all the time.  Every morning as I'm digging through the pile to find clothes for the kids I think 'this is so inefficient, I really must fold and put away this laundry'.  Of course this really only happens when we have visitors coming over or funnily enough if I have sick kids and can't get out of the house.  I really will do anything to get out of folding this washing.

And you know what - I think this is OK.  People put so much pressure on themselves to have the immaculate house - to please who?  Ask yourself the question.  If the answer is to please someone else (including other immediate family members who live with you), then give yourself a break and play with the kids instead!  Set yourself free from such a chore.  It will still be there tomorrow.  I have learnt to live with and embrace my pile of laundry as a bit of a monolith of honour. 

By the way, I don't iron either.  The only time the ironing board comes out is when my husband irons his shirts for work, and if we are going to a wedding (and even then it would have to be one where we are involved somehow).

A friend of mine said to me once, when I was apologising for the state of my house 'I've come to see you and the kids, not the house'.  I now take this saying with me and use it all the time.  People, especially mothers feel the need to apologise all the time for not doing a job that we all know we hate doing.  Don't apologise, embrace it as part of your life and lose the guilt I say!

After all this, if you really can't stand it for yourself, and you want to do something about it, then have a look a this post from The Organised Housewife.

As for me - it's nice when it's put away, but I'm not going to stress or feel guilty about it when it's not.



  1. Staying on top of the laundry is more about my sanity than what other people think - trying to find 5 pairs of socks in the morning?????

    There are certain things around the house, like the folding, if they get out of control, start to put me on edge. We always have an ironing pile and I am okay with that - except when my mum comes to visit and she does it all for me!

  2. You're right, if it's you that has the issue with it, then I agree. Don't you love it when someone helpful comes to visit.!