If I stare at the laundry will it go away? - Julie's Notebook


When I saw this tweet I had to ask Julie if I could use it because I had asked myself this question or perhaps more honestly - if I ignore the laundry long enough, will it go away. The answer for anyone still searching is catergorically, no. The tale of Charlene and the laundry is a sad but triumphant one. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin.

Once there was a girl she lived in a little house with a creaky gate and a cranky cat. She had a modest wardrobe. Just half of an average sized closet, okay three quarters. She had two pairs of jeans, maybe three proper frocks and a not unreasonable collection of shoes. The girl had a husband that liked to wear navy cords. Everyday he wore cords, she couldn't swear they weren't the same pair of cords. The girl and her husband had a lovely life - they worked hard, had drinks with friends and did washing once a week and then one day, when the moon was waning, they had a little baby and s**t got real.

The baby was very small. Small even by baby standards and yet the couple found that as if by magic their washing grew greater each day. The baby wore the tiniest of socks and titchy little vests but still the basket overflowed. The girl could not understand but try as she might the washing was never done. One day she fell to the floor, piles and piles around her. How will I keep up?! She cried. She closed her eyes and held her breath and wished for someone to help her and when she opened her eyes...nothing had happened. So this is what she did. 

Unclog the system I got rid of everything that would get stuck in the system - everyday items that need dry cleaning; white tops that stain within thirty seconds of wearing; pleaty things that take two days to iron. I refused to let them hold me back any longer. 

End the separation I'm sorry, I know this is going to make some of you feel deeply uncomfortable but I just stopped separating. I'm trying to do my best for the planet and I mainly wash on a lowish heat; very rarely does it cause drama. The odd occasion that it goes wrong is worth the energy it would take to separate my washing. Life's too short to stress about a hint of pink. 

Set the programme We now have a strict system for the processing of laundry in our house. Dirty clothes go from the body into the washing machine. No chance of getting held up by a third party. When the machine is full we do the wash. We put the machine on last thing at night and then empty the drum first thing in the morning. I no longer have to work up the motivation to do washing because one event simply triggers another - I have to put the machine on because the machine is full and I have to empty the machine because otherwise I'll have nowhere to put my dirty clothes. 

Bigger is not better If you're not ready for the maverick laundry lifestyle I've adopted, I'd recommend getting a small laundry basket. In fact a laundry bag is ideal and nothing that holds more than a load. Huge laundry baskets lull you into a false sense of security - la, la, la I don't have to do washing and then BOOM, three weeks of dirty clothes. Don't hide behind your basket - set that washing free. 

Thanks Julie for letting me share your tweet! Julie blogs over at Julie's Notebook, please say hi! Laundry is the dirty secret that all families battle with. If you have any washing tips, I'd love to hear them. 


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  1. I think sorting is over rated :) Love the idea of putting dirty clothes straight into the machine, so much harder to put it off that way!
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    Debbie

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  2. I always put them into the washing machine, that way I'll always remember! #justanotherlinky

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  3. I love the straight into the washing machine. I feel like I spend my life doing washing!! Thanks for sharing on #justanotherlinky xx

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    1. It does seem to become quite a commitment. Can't wait til I can get him to do his own washing :) x

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  4. Love this - I also no longer separate (apart from whites but even these get joined by pale greys, beiges and sometimes, if I'm feeling extra risky, pale blues). Everything goes on a quick wash (except the whites obvs). Makes things much quicker - could probably do with a smaller basket (or bag) like you suggest though as mine does often lull me into a false sense of security! Now, if I stare at the ironing long enough, will THAT go away?! #justanotherlinky

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    1. Ha ha, I'm loving those risky blue days. Not got a handle on ironing, rely on body heat mostly... x

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  5. Oh gosh the washing pile in my house is never ending. It seems to grow all on its own and I don't think I've seen the floor beneath it in years! That being said, I'm trying my best to get into a routine. Great post. #justanotherlinky

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    1. I love when the washing is all neatly folded and put away! I'm like - all this space :) x

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  6. Definitely sums up my attitude to laundry! We have three little baskets - one for the baby, one for whites, and one for everything else. Everything invariably ends up in the wrong basket anyway...
    #justanotherlinky.

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    1. Ooh that's nice. If you are a separator, defo separate at the source x

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    2. That's a good idea. I tried it and it saves time in the laundry.

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  7. I've tried that with numerous household chores over the years and it has never worked. The bed remains unmade, the plates are still grubby and the dinner is uncooked ...

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    1. Well I think unmade beds look kinda sexy :) And if there's no dinner AND no plates - fish and chips it is!

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  8. Oh i can totally agree with you!! I try to put them in the washing machine but they could lie there for days! haha! Lovely read too! Suz x Beauisblue.com

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  9. Yes! Clothes straight from body to washing machine. Never separate. In fact I cut the care instruction tag off the clothes so I'm never tempted to look at the fact that this particular article of clothing is supposed to only be washed separately in the tears of himalayan yaks. Sure, this is why we can't have nice things. But sanity lives another day. Great post :-)

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  10. Fab post!
    The separation thing kinda just happened when Twink was born and now only have darks & lights, too much faffing otherwise. And I refuse to iron, so we own hardly anything that requires such effort. I LOVE the clothes straight into the machine idea, genius!

    Faye x

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  11. I like the rule of straight into the washing machine - I may pinch that one! #fromtheheart

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  12. It does never end. where does it come from. We are not people who change our clothes constantly but still!!! One good thing is my boys are old enough now to help out. they put their own clothes away and sort the ones to be washed (after throwing it around for a bit). A post we can all identify with. Kirsten

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  13. Love this post. I HATE washing!! But once I catch up on it - I get in the swing of it and don't mind. I hardly ever separate my clothes anymore unless they are new then I separate them and put them with the correct shade/colour for a few weeks/months then they just get mixed up.
    I have a big laundry basket upstairs where we put our clothes and I do find I will leave I there longer than I plan but if I have a small basket then I seem to do more washing! The joys!


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  14. We are American Expats and our European Washer is so so small compared to our American one. I could fit so much laundry in there. I'm sure it wasn't environmentally friendly but I could literally wash our entire family of fours laundry for a week in a few loads! Now that I'm here I feel like it is a race against time to always have laundry in the machine. sigh. I guess a small washer is the price I have to pay for living in Europe it is worth it!

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  15. Yes! Down with separating! I also deal with both the potential color-exchange in the wash and child-induced stains by not buying expensive clothes for day to day wear. If it comes out pinks, if it gets covered in grape juice, eh whatever! It's so liberating. #fromtheheart

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  16. The story of my life! Such a thankless task. I think our problem is that we rotate far too many clothes. I don't mind the system up until the clothes are clean and dry. It's the folding up and putting away that kills me #fromtheheart

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    1. Chuckled through this over my coffee… I was once a pedant over washing. Quite how I had the time to be is beyond me. I've now become a non separating, washing demon who can position clothes on an indoor airer in such a way that an iron need not be switched on. I feel these skills should grace the top of my CV. Great post lovely x

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