I love doing laundry. Sorting through dirty clothing, searching each one carefully for the small stain that needs extra treatment so as not to ruin the article of clothing. I particularly enjoy folding the clothes and putting them neatly into piles for each of my family members. My favorite part would have to be when all of the laundry is done and my kids come and dump their clothes from the day in the bin. How did they know that all I wanted was to be able to do more laundry?! If you haven't guessed by now I am being completely sarcastic. I do not love laundry at all. I can't say I hate it but really it is one of my least favorite things to do. It never ends! I rarely feel a sense of accomplishment with laundry because as soon as I think I am done with it there is more to do. I know that I am not alone in feeling this way. I think that every homemaker has felt like this at some point if doing the laundry is one of her responsibilities.
So how do I keep up with it? Well, my system is still being tweaked (as all of my systems seem to be lately). I have decided that as much as I don't enjoy doing the laundry it still has to be something that I put a lot of time and effort into to do well. I don't know about you but I really dislike having piles of dirty laundry building up and even more than that I don't like piles of clean clothes just sitting there not put away. I have to make it a priority to wash the clothes, dry them AND put them away so that I can feel good about it. I have tried both ideas of 1. having a laundry day and doing it all that day, as well as 2. doing a load or two a day and spreading it out. I think that it works best for me to spread it out over my week. If I didn't have such a big family then perhaps I could get away with just one laundry day a week but that just doesn't work in our family right now. So I have to set aside time every day (weekdays for me, I take Saturday and Sunday off) to wash, dry, fold and put away laundry. Putting it away is key. It is the only way that I feel at peace and good about the process. There are so many distractions in my day and I can get very busy (not to mention tired) but this is important to me. One of the best gifts that I can give myself is the gift of peace when the laundry is done for the day, and put away.
Laundry sometimes seems like such an unglamourous accomplishment in a day. It is not one that is highly praised (like baking cookies for the kids when they come home, or a fantastic meal), but it is a worthy cause none-the-less. When I am feeling very burnt out with it I try to remember who is wearing all of these clothes that I am laboring over. What do I love about them? What do I need to encourage them in? What do I need to work with them on? How should I be praying for them? Thinking this way turns my tedious task into a meaningful one.