Since having Kaden (who is now 8 months old, woot and tear), I’ve had a few many completely stressed-out moments. Let me back up a little. I had Kaden last August and was off work for almost 3 months. Laundry was always washed, the house was spotless, and dinner was on the table by the time my husband got home from work. And then I went back to work. Do I need to go on? Ok, I’ll go on. I have a constant pile of laundry, the house is never spotless (pretty clean, but never the way I prefer it to be), and my poor husband has to wait for dinner. Ok, the last part was a little sarcastic because I’m not a traditional wife who rushes home to cook for the hubby (he’s good with it!). I have to find time to snuggle with my baby boy, love on my husband, clean the house, shop for groceries, do the laundry, cook meals, and the list goes on….all after working 40 hours a week. Boy, I need a massage just from typing all of that!
Being a mom is the most wonderful, rewarding experience we will ever have. Our hearts are immediately filled with indescribable love; and our stress-level doubles. Isn’t it worth it though? Every mom has different stresses in their lives, right? Please tell me it isn’t just me…:)
I was stressed to the max a couple of weeks ago, and must have been complaining about the constant mound of laundry quite a bit that week, because my husband asked, “What is so stressful about the laundry?” He went on to say, “It seems to me that doing laundry would be stress-free.” He got me thinking…
Yes, the idea and act of doing laundry does seem pretty simple. So, why does it always stress me out? I began to examine what specifically about the chore got to me. I came to a conclusion and found two reasons why “laundry” irked me so much.
- I like my home to be clutter-free and I had mounds of laundry (somewhat of an exaggeration) in several rooms of my house. My husband and I got in the habit of piling our laundry in the middle of our bathroom floor. It didn’t matter if I had the laundry caught up and all we had were dirty clothes from that day, there was always a “pile” that I had to look at – a constant reminder every time I went in our bathroom. My son’s room had its own pile beside his dresser. I never put a basket in his room because his pile was always pretty small. Then, we piled dish towels in front of the washer and dryer. Piles of laundry haunted me every day.
- It took me a long time to sort. I don’t start a load of laundry until I have a full load. I’m too conservative with soap and water to wash partial loads. So, by the time we collected a full load of any one group (whites, colors, Doug’s work clothes, towels), there was a mound of laundry. It would take me 20 minutes to sort and spray wash before starting the first load for the week.
Ok, I figured out why I hated laundry. I decided to remedy the problem instead of complaining (internally or externally) week-after-week. A trip to Wal-Mart and $25 later, my problem was fixed. Check this out…
(Imagine the heavens opening and shinning a light down with some hallelujah music in the background)
There were only three options at the local Wal-Mart, so I chose the bin above. However, I’m a little disappointed after looking at the online options here. I would have selected a more stylish option. Oh, well. I love my laundry sorter. My husband and I can now sort as-we-go. Once a bin gets full, I load the washer. I actually have a great formula worked out for those of you with front loaders – put laundry in sorter, squish, put more laundry in sorter, squish, once the sorter gets full (sometime after the second squish), then it is ready to go in the washer. Very technical, huh? I put a small basket in my son’s room next to his dresser and a basket in the laundry room for towels. My laundry pile/sorting problem has been solved, and I can honestly say that I no longer stress over laundry. My husband helps me fold and put away because he is sweet like that.
The Moral of the Story:
After the long story about my hatred toward laundry and my stress-reducing purchase, I must say there is a moral for all of you. If you feel stress (let’s all take a moment to laugh at the “if” part of this sentence) then find a way to eliminate or reduce that stress. Isn’t it amazing how the smallest tasks, like doing laundry, can really top off a stressful week? If we can eliminate or reduce small areas of stress here and there, then we’ll be on our way to a happier life. Here is a how-to summary for you:
- Examine the areas in your every-day life that cause you stress and bring you down.
- Step away from thinking about the task itself and think about what specifically about that task is particularly stressful.
- Find solutions to remedy the problem (like buying a laundry sorter).
- Implement and de-stress!
You know you are a mom when the best purchase you made all month year wasn’t your post-pregnancy, I feel great jeans or the handbag you found on sale for 75% off; it was your $25 laundry sorter!
What seems to stress you out the most? What remedies do you plan to put in place or have already put in place to de-stress your life? Please share so that everyone can benefit (I bet we all stress over similar tasks). I need a quicker way to tackle my bathrooms. How do professional cleaners do it? Do you have any tricks?