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The Laundry Quandary

Updated on February 15, 2018

Laundry Basics

My Personal Dilemma

Most people either love it or hate it; I don’t think there is an in-between when it comes to laundry. I hate it. While it is unclear when this avoidance began, it is an unsolved dilemma in my life to this day. I have tried every tactic to trick myself into believing that I actually love washing clothes, but to no avail.

For a short period of time many years ago now, I refreshed my wardrobe with new clothes as I needed them so I wouldn't need to do laundry as often. While it served as a temporary reprieve, it became all too apparent the the pile of laundry was simply increasing rather than diminishing. A few loads became a mountain! It did not give me the peace of mind I so desperately sought

Finally, I gave up fighting and looked at ways to deal with this great mountain of laundry. I felt too overwhelmed to tackle it on my own so I called for help from a friend. She happens to fall into the "love-it" category and didn't mind lugging some bags of dirty clothes home with her to wash. I was greatly appreciative since I really could not have done it at the time. It was impressive to see all the clothes that filled the closet and there was so much choice. I was determined that this kind of backlog would never happen again.

I was able to maintain a regular laundry schedule for quite a while. A habit is, however, NOT formed in 20-30 days as the researchers claim or I fall into an exception category. A stressful situation or exhaustion will cause me to fall off-the-wagon and the laundry accumulates once again into an unmanageable heap. There are times I’d rather wear no clothes at all than have to wash them. Somehow I don't believe I am the only one with this struggle, although many might not admit it.

It’s not that I wear dirty clothes, although I will wear them more than once. I will spot-clean or hand-wash them before I’ll take a whole load to the washing machine. I also won’t let laundry sit in the dryer…oh no…once it gets into the machine it WILL get put away and hung up in the closet. So, the psychological breakdown happens between the dirty clothes pile and the distance to the laundry room. It is a commitment of time if a public laundry is used because you can't just leave a load in the washer till later when others are waiting to use the machines. Perhaps it is simply that it is not as exciting an activity as some other things in life and therefore it is easier to procrastinate.

And so the dilemma continues…I keep hoping for an epiphany that will change it all one day. Until then, the laundry takes on a life of its own awaiting someone who will take control and find a way to win this war.

© 2010 Flo Belanger

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    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      tnderhrt23...thanks for stopping by and commiserating with me on such a topic! Having to take your laundry to a laundromat with young children would be a chore indeed! No wonder you hated it.

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      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      Ahhhh, Laundry Quandary, the perfect title! Once upon a time, when I had three young sons and was forced to rely upon the dreaded laundromat, I hated laundry!!! Now that my sons have grown up and gone on to live their lives, and I have a washing machine at my disposal, I don't mind it so much...But the fact remains that it is a never ending task, that never is, at any time, complete, since there is always the clothes I'm wearing! Humor always eases the pain...I love your hub!

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      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      GiftedGrandma ... it's true, there is always something in the mundane parts of life that we'd rather not do but have to. I guess that's part of life. It's a good thing that there are so many other parts of life that are beautiful and good to lift us above the drudgery of the everyday. If we look for them.

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      GiftedGrandma 

      7 years ago from USA

      I think we all go through that with laundry and cooking if it isn't a passion of ours. Great hub :O)

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Good for you, evvy_09!! I'm proud of you :)

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      evvy_09 

      7 years ago from Athens, AL

      I have to thank you Flobe for inspiring me to put all my laundry up. As of yesterday, I can now see the top of my dresser.

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      Flo Belanger 

      7 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      evvy_09...interesting how people have some kind of issue with laundry :) a human dilemma I guess.

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      evvy_09 

      7 years ago from Athens, AL

      Most of my laundry is clean but in a pile on the dresser as I am writing this comment. I've been putting the clothes away for two days now. :(

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      onegoodwoman, you like doing the parts I don't...I like putting the clothes away...perhaps we could help each other out?? :)

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      onegoodwoman 

      8 years ago from A small southern town

      People really are different......I don't mind doing laundry, in fact, I enjoy hanging them in the sunshine and warm breeze. I can fold clothes all day, but I do not like to put them on hangers and stuff them away.

      If my laundry is done, my bed is made, and my kitchen sink is cleaned........I am content with my home.

      I wonder, if we will ever be able to determine what it is, that truly makes us individuals.

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      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      There is that dilemma, Terrylee5151, although my husband and I came to a compromise...we do it together. He puts in in the washing machine, I take it out of the dryer and put it away. I don't mind putting it away once it's done :)

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      Terrylee5151 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I don't HATE laundry but I am not really fond of it either. I do it because as a woman, men think it is our job. And you know what the kicker is.... we have let them think that.

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Nice to know I'm not the only one, crazybeanrider!

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      Boo McCourt 

      8 years ago from Washington MI

      Funny hub, I enjoyed it, and can totally sympathize. I hate doing laundry with a passion. I have to go downstairs to do mine. I did the buy new clothes thing for awhile, but only made the pile bigger. I keep telling myself to do the laundry when the basket gets full, but somehow that just doesn't happen. It sets neatly in the closet waiting until I breakdown and go to the laundromat.

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Yes, quicksand, I should perhaps pare down to where I was before I started buying new clothes :) It's a very good idea.

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      quicksand 

      8 years ago

      Having fewer clothes will mean less work, don't you think? :)

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You know first-hand, PP, of my dilemma and it's always good to laugh at one's own foibles in life :)

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      Powerful Pierre 

      8 years ago from Abbotsford BC

      Honey I love the way you take a mundane thing like a laundry problem and add your own twist to it. THIS is awesome writing, but of course Im 100% bias

    • FloBe profile imageAUTHOR

      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      thanks, Aladdin2010

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      aladdin2010 

      8 years ago

      :) nice one flobe.

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      Flo Belanger 

      8 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      It is good to work together like that...my husband and I make a good team as well. Thanks for your comment, johnnynaakea

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      johnnynaakea 

      8 years ago

      Very humorous and heart felt hub. I am so thankful that my wife does the laundry. I do the cooking.

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