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2011/078: Laundry

I hate laundry. Hate it, hate it, hate it!! Ok, it’s not the putting a load in the washer or in the dryer part, but the folding part I could do without.
Melissa has been folding hers (although she needs a refresher course), Greg is hopeless, and Sara is just a little too young, but everyone puts their own clothes away. We have a sectioned hamper, and everyone knows where everything goes, so the laundry is already pre-sorted. It’s just that darn folding part.
I can’t remember how old my washer was, but sometime last summer I noticed white flakes on the clothes, thinking it was detergent that didn’t completely dissolve, and switched to liquid. Found out much later that it was a problem with the washer, and not the detergent at all.
Then a few months ago, the loads became unbalanced. It wasn’t anything I did wrong, it was the washer. It got worse and worse, and every once in a while, the water wouldn’t drain during the spin cycle. I tell you, it’s no fun, having to baby-sit your washing machine all day. Running in the to fix the unbalanced load, or opening the lid and closing it again at the start of the spin cycle. That seemed to fix the water draining problem, but there was still this burnt rubber smell if I didn’t make it in there fast enough.
Then finally with the tax refund and Greg’s bonus in the bank, we looked for a new washer (thankfully the old one hung in there just long enough!). It’s bigger than the old one, and a front-loader instead of top-loader, and it’s a high-efficiency model. Not only does it save energy and uses less water, but the clothes come our so dry, it saves about 20 minutes of drying time in the dryer! AND it plays a happy little song when it’s finished. I still don’t like doing laundry, but it isn’t quite as bad as it was before.

24 responses

  1. Becky Sue

    Your laundry room is so neat and clean! I don’t hate laundry, in fact it’s the one chore that I don’t mind so much. But I don’t do my husband’s laundry so that’s probably why. We have a horrible set up for laundry, a stackable washer/dryer in a tiny closet off the main bathroom, which is almost the furthest possible place in the house from the bedrooms, so during laundry time there can be laundry strewn about in varying states of cleanliness/dryness for a couple or more days. My goal is to one day move the laundry room upstairs.

    Love your camera strap! I have a flowery one too.

    19. March, 2011 at 05:10

    • LOL I wish I had a laundry room. This is actually the bathroom (our one and only!). The washer and dryer are in a big “closet”, that you can close off with folding doors.

      Thanks for the compliment on the camera strap. Made it myself πŸ™‚ Here’s a better shot of the fabric

      19. March, 2011 at 05:36

      • Becky Sue

        So awesome that you made your own! I’m pretty crafty but have come to the conclusion that sewing just isn’t my thing so I bought a flowery camera strap.

        20. March, 2011 at 07:26

        • Sewing isn’t really my thing either (I don’t even own a sewing machine, so this was all sewn by hand), but the strap was fairly simple to make.

          20. March, 2011 at 07:30

  2. doreen3boys

    I was going to ask you if that was a shower! Looks like a nice bright and airy space though. I don’t like laundry either but I HATE to put it away. The boys do it but it drives me insane HOW they do it. I don’t know why I bother to fold it. That washer does make it look a bit more tolerable πŸ™‚

    19. March, 2011 at 09:05

    • Melissa’s closet is a mess, too, because she just stuffs everything in there, that’s why I make her fold her clothes πŸ˜‰

      20. March, 2011 at 05:19

  3. AND… More importantly… It has a shiny knob.. and that’s always a bonus… πŸ™‚
    You should live in my house, as I have a laundry fairy… Or at least I think that’s what it is.. The only problem is though, is that she eats my socks !!… πŸ˜‰

    19. March, 2011 at 12:24

    • Yes, the shiny knob is definitely a bonus!
      Didn’t you know that you’re supposed to FEED the laundry fairy? They only eat socks if you don’t leave them any real food πŸ˜‰

      20. March, 2011 at 05:21

  4. I stopped hating laundry so much a few years ago when I stopped doing everyone’s laundry but my own! The only laundry I do is my clothes, the towels and the sheets. Kids and hubby do their own – then it isn’t my problem if someone has no clean underwear, LOL!
    Love your shiny-knob-reflection!

    19. March, 2011 at 14:27

    • Sounds like you got it all figured out! πŸ™‚

      20. March, 2011 at 05:22

  5. Country Living

    Love your blog! and your boots! Very cool!

    19. March, 2011 at 19:18

    • Thank you! (Although I think you have my blog confused with someone else’s) πŸ™‚

      20. March, 2011 at 05:23

  6. I am admiring how light and bright your laundry room is! Lovely. πŸ™‚

    Don’t you love the HE washing machine? I have one, too (front loader). I don’t mind doing the laundry, but I loathe ironing. Despise it.

    19. March, 2011 at 21:24

    • Thanks, Robin. It’s probably the brightest room in the house, I think all the white in there helps.
      Yes, that washer is great!

      20. March, 2011 at 05:25

  7. Congrats on the new washer, Michaela. πŸ˜€

    As we are a family of six, the washing is.. everlasting. And it is the folding that is the worst of the process.

    Not sure if it would work at your house, but the way we deal with it here to sweeten the task, is to read aloud. One girl chooses a book everyone is happy to hear, the rest of us (Not Mr BB, of course, he wouldn’t dream of folding washing) fold while we listen.

    It works so well for us that the girls have adopted it in their regular jobs, and take turns reading to each other while they work. It has its own pitfalls, in that sometimes they take longer to get things done if the book if too funny, or too exciting, but it means I don’t have to prod them so much to do the work.

    If you don’t have enough labour to spare one of them to read, you could download an audio book from Librivox. πŸ™‚

    20. March, 2011 at 06:07

    • That’s a great idea, although I don’t think that would work for us. I don’t really have a good place to fold laundry, so I do it on top of the washer.

      20. March, 2011 at 07:32

  8. Fun with the laundry! You may hate the laundry, but look what you did with that washing machine & a camera. (I feel the same way about vacuuming lately. Errr.)

    20. March, 2011 at 10:57

    • How about I’ll vacuum, for you if you do my laundry? πŸ˜‰

      20. March, 2011 at 12:01

      • You got a deal! πŸ™‚

        21. March, 2011 at 07:05

  9. dalia

    I would break my crappy washer if I could get one of those!!

    20. March, 2011 at 20:17

    • LOL well, if you ever do need to replace it, you might as well get one of these, because the stupid top loaders are just as expensive now as these.

      21. March, 2011 at 09:55

  10. Congrats on the front loader! We got ours a couple years ago (GE), replacing our VERY old (20+ years) set. I don’t have an issue with laundry BUT I don’t have kids! πŸ™‚

    Things to note: the new HE washers are notorious for getting smelly. We keep the door slightly ajar to air it out after washing. I also have to remember to rinse out the detergent/softener dispenser since it can get moldy. Again, a known issue with these kinds.

    Sorry…no help with the folding issue. I fold the pieces while I pull them out of the dryer then sort once I get everything upstairs.

    21. March, 2011 at 09:34

    • Thanks, Tracy. I leave the door (and the dispenser drawer) open, too. No smelly problems so far, but it’s only a couple weeks old.

      21. March, 2011 at 09:57

  11. Love your photos. I love my new front loader and I can even fold, it’s the carrying the clothes upstairs and getting them put away that is the hard part for me. Also that my machine is in a tiny room that the cat’s litter box has to share – ugh! I’m always having to rewash things that I drop on the floor.

    21. March, 2011 at 11:06

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