Laundry Fantasies

I just folded my fourth load of laundry for the day (you read that right) and noticed something peculiar:

In the first three loads there was a total of two socks…that matched (ok, there’s a record right there).  In the fourth load, there were twenty-nine.  Note the odd number too.  Not only that, but when I had the odd socks left over after matching, I pulled out my odd-socks-bag and ended by taking out one and putting in three.  Sigh.  Every few months I go through the bag and toss socks that have obviously had irreconcilable differences with their mates (who are now probably living out their dissolute lives at the Motel 6 south of Miami Beach.)

I have a dream of a very large laundry room.  There would be two dryers.  This laundry room would have a very long counter.  Under the counter there would be a double set of open shelves containing at least eight hampers (all matching and none used for motor boats in the hallway near the kitchen).  Each child’s foldable clothes would go into his own personal hamper which he would himself carry to his room and empty.

Adjoining the laundry room would be a family closet (a la Duggars).  Things would be hung according to size, style and season.  There would be room on high shelves for (matching) sterilite containers for seriously out of season (or baby) clothes.  There would be nothing on the floor.  Likewise in the laundry room.  Except, perhaps, a drain.

As it is, my stacked washer and dryer are two inches from the back door; the other side of the “hallway” containing a three-section hamper for sorted clothes.  There is a six-inch shelf that contains detergent and another that contains stain-remover and dryer sheets. (Two more tiny shelves contain my purse and keys.)  There is exactly enough room to walk between the washer/dryer and the clothes to get out of the door.  The folding is done mostly on my bed and the children either fetch their stacks or I put them on their beds.  Each bedroom has a child designated to bring out the dirty laundry and sort it on a daily basis.  The system works reasonably well.  But one day…!

One thought on “Laundry Fantasies

  1. I would LOVE your laundry room as well. I have a washer and dryer standing side by side at one end of the house, with a hamper for clean and one for dirty laundry. For now… I do not fold ANY of my toddlers clothing. Everything from T shirts to pants to shirts are hung on hangers. That way, he can hang them up himself. *L* But one day…

    BTW, one great thing that I have bought is a flip and fold. With it, my two and a half year old and I can fold dadda's shirts and t shirts and polo's together.


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