< Upheaval: Wash board

Friday, June 24, 2005

Wash board

I am obsessed with a lot of things, and one in particular seems to be laundry.

In my highly-advanced, multi-tasking female mind, I am constantly assessing how much laundry I have to do before the laundry room is empty. I look at the clothes I am wearing before I wash a load, because if I am wearing a black tee-shirt, I don't want to WASH the black tee-shirts because then at the end of the day, I will have one dirty black tee-shirt in the laundry room.

Does this make sense?

I follow Daniel around, taking items of his clothing away so that I can wash them. Seriously. If it is close to the end of the day, and I need to wash jeans, I will make him take his pants off and wear boxers for the rest of the evening.

The most frequently asked question in our house is "Are these clothes dirty?"

Usually, he says "no" because he is pretty good about putting dirty clothes in the hamper. If he has only worn his shorts for an hour or two around the house, he will put them in a pile on a chair in our room so that he can wear them again another time.

BUT NO! He doesn't even get the chance to do this. They are washed and put away in his dresser before he even knows what hit him. We spend an enormous amount of money on detergent. Our washing machine will never make it past the warranty date. But we smell good! And we are clean!

Now, if I could only have the same enthusiasm about ironing!


Blogger Vanessa said...

Glad to know there's another one like me around. I plan my week's wardrobe to color coordinate so that I don't get stuck with one pair of black pants to wash at the end of the week and a bunch of lighter clothing. That just cannot happen!

8:55 AM  
Blogger Princess21 said...

You are too funny girl!!! Clean and smelling good is good!!!

9:01 AM  
Blogger Amanda Sue said...

um, and FORGET wearing red undergarments unless i have an abundance of red/pink/orange clothes waiting for the washer. daniel LOVES the days when i can allow myself to wear red undergarments. HA!

9:02 AM  
Blogger Jennboree said...

Same about red. I'll let all the red pile up to a respectable amount worthy of washing. Then it is like getting something new because it'd been a month since I wore that red shirt.

Laundry is a never ending cycle. Ha ha. Just wait till you have 50 tiny baby items to wash at all times.

Heath always says his clothes are dirty because he does not discriminate when tossing them to the floor.

And you KNOW why we hate ironing, Amanda.

9:30 AM  
Blogger JLR said...

oh, I love doing laundry. Less so the folding and putting away part.

10:45 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

I'm sure Sydney would let you stop by our house and do our laundry... we even have one of those front loader machines... 3 kids...(four including me) and another on the way... the laundry never ends.

11:14 AM  
Blogger Amstaff Mom said...

It's funny to hear what people's laundry habits are, they are so unique. I have two piles- dryable and non-dryable. I hang just about everything since it makes the clothes last longer. My clothes will be out of style in 20 years, but hey, they'll still be looking pristine. So- there's towels, white socks, boxers and sheets in one pile. Everything else in another pile. Yes, I hang all my dark socks. I love folding clothes. Hate hanging wet clothes. Blech.

12:34 PM  
Blogger Amstaff Mom said...

YEA!!!!! I'm back on your blog list! So excited, so excited. Not sure about my description though. I smell British? Does that mean I smell stuffy? Like a room that has had the door closed for a long time and the ceiling fan was off? Not sure about the look British either. I do look like my dad, but nobody ever said that they thought I looked Welsh. They usually say, "are you Mexican?" They've even thought I was Asian before. British, huh? My Nana would be so proud. Maybe I got that Catherine Zeta-Jones thing going on. She's from Wales and she played in Zorro! I only wish.

1:16 PM  
Anonymous Jami said...

So you sound JUST like my husband. As soon as I take something off, he's right behind me picking it up. It can be clean by the next morning and I find that amazing! He washes, folds and puts away before I can even blink! But I can't complain b/c I'm the worst when it comes to laundry, so I guess that's what makes us match. We're totally opposite! At least I know now that he's not totally OC!!!

3:00 PM  
Blogger Amanda Sue said...

jami! he may be OC! i never said i wasn't!

i am blogging in my bra and shorts so i could wash my shirt. does that sound NORMAL to you??

3:04 PM  
Blogger Amstaff Mom said...

I've never blogged in my bra and shorts, as my primary blog residence is the workplace and that would be frowned upon, to say the least. I have removed clothes in order to take advantage of the washing time as well. You're normal, in this regard at least! >:)

3:19 PM  
Blogger jes said...

oh my gosh, amanda. i TOTALLY identified with this post. i am exactly the same about laundry, following roger around and telling him to take off his pants so i can wash them. it PAINS me to have to put something in the hamper, knowing that it will have to wait there until other clothes accumulate so it can be washed.

our ironing board has become a permanent fixture in our living room, and from it many shirts and pants hang. they are only ironed on the occasion that we absolutely MUST wear them, and then it takes me like half an hour to iron.

speaking of, i have about 40 pieces of clothing waiting for me to iron them RIGHT NOW.

precisely the reason i am playing on the internet. :)

8:08 PM  
Blogger jes said...


it takes me half an hour to iron PER PIECE of clothing.

8:11 PM  
Blogger quycksilver said...

Wow--I'm the exact opposite in my laundry habits, if they can even be called habits (I'm not entirely sure about this because the word habit implies some degree of regularity, and this is not accurate).

I had a whole long comment detailing my laundry habits here, but I think I'll post it on my own blog instead of clogging up your comment board.


12:34 AM  

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