Do the Laundry, Now!
I hate doing laundry. I mean it. The constant sorting, washing, drying, folding, and putting away drives me crazy. Some people find satisfaction in ending up with clean, crisp clothes and linens, but all I can think about is how it's just going to get dirty in a matter of days (in my sons' case, minutes) and end up in the cycle once again. If it weren't for my inconvenient preference for looking, smelling and being clean, I'd quit laundry duty in a second.
Some people deal with laundry by doing a little bit every day, to minimize the inconvenience and spread out the drudgery. To me that's like going to the doctor every day to get your shots, instead doing them all at once — it's painful, but it's a single appointment, single co-pay, single drive to the doctor's office. I prefer to avoid laundry altogether until it absolutely can't be ignored, then go on an intensive laundry spree that's so drawn-out and painful that I need a long, long time to recover.
And when does that magical Tipping Point occur? You could wait until your mountain of dirty clothes tips over and falls on you (now that's a real Tipping Point), or you could use my handy checklist of subtle and not-so-subtle signs that you Really Need to Do the Laundry:
10) You ask the cleaning lady if she wouldn't mind doing a load of laundry instead of cleaning the bathroom.
9) Your husband starts sending his work shirts to the cleaners to have them washed, otherwise he'd have to go to work in his faded old "Gimme a Beer" tshirt.
8) It dawns on you that you really ought to buy that cute tank top you saw at the mall last week — in all five colors (plus some for your daughter).Continued on the next page