Getting Dressed: The Laundry Room

Ahhh...laundry. The never-ending bane of a mom's existence. Okay, so maybe some of you like to do laundry and find folding clothes therapeutic. I used to, but I have since handed that job off to my daughter so she can now enjoy it. I know some moms like to do a load a day, but for me, I just like to save it up and do it once a week. I suppose that only works if you have enough essentials for a week. For me, it is easier to just focus on the task and get it done. In our new home layout, we are going to keep the laundry near the kitchen, because to be honest, I just forget to take the clothes out of the wash and transfer them into the dryer. (It used to really bug me in the dorms when people would forget to take their clothes out of the wash. Now I do it regularly.) So when my husband suggested that we put the washer and dryer into the garage, I immediately said, "No way!" Who knows how long it would stay in there. And then I'd have to do it all over again anyway.

So even though it is a bit noisier, I think I'd rather take the background noise. At least when it stops, I am reminded (for the moment) to take care of it. I suppose we should use the buzzer, but I don't really pay attention to that either. I guess that is why I like to do all my laundry at once. If I don't do it, we're short on clothes!

 

For the sake of space, we sold our side by side set that we've had for years and I will soon be the proud owner of a more modern stackable version. There were pros and cons about this arrangement, but given the other alternatives, I think I will be able to live with it. We used to put all our laundry detergent and other paraphernalia on top of the dryer, but that's not going to be an option anymore, so my handy husband is going to put up a shelf for our supplies. I am also going to need to invest in a drying rack, but fortunately, we are not high-class people so we don't have a lot of things that need air-drying.

Source: Five Days...Five Ways

As our laundry room is going to be a little more visible now, I would like it to look a little more tidy. However, it is also a lot smaller than it used to be so we are going to have to work harder at keeping it more presentable and organized. I'd like to have baskets that can my kids can learn to pre-sort their clothes into, but I am not sure where we would put them, given our space constraints. I'll have to think about that one.

If possible, I'd like all my ironing stuff in one place too. For some reason, we had the ironing board in our coat closet and the iron in the laundry room. Who does that? Not too smart. I think it was mainly because there wasn't room, but this time I'll keep them together, even if I don't have space in the laundry room.

Source: I Heart Organizing

Another handy thing to have in the laundry room may be some needles and thread. Inevitably, a button comes off and I never put it back on because I always need to hunt down my sewing supplies. If I have at least a couple pre-threaded generic colors, I can take care of that in a couple of minutes instead of waiting. Usually I don't ever get around to it, which means that the owner cannot wear said item. Better yet, I think I'm just going to need to teach my kids how to sew their own buttons back on!

As you can probably tell by this post, I am not big on clothing or the latest fashions. I don't know if that's a good thing or not. I enjoy shopping, but only out of However, if the Lord desires me to step out and minister to others in His name, I may need to pay more attention to my wardrobe in the near future. It may do me well to think of how to take care of that clothing!

Heavenly Father, thank You for providing so abundantly for us in this area. As I launder and wash, may I joyfully and willingly steward what You have so richly given to us. May we clothe ourselves not only in external finery but seek to put on Your character and Your armor, that others may see You through us. In Jesus' name, Amen.

No laundry room list today, but there is more laundry inspiration at Delightful Order...