My New Year’s Resolution: Laundry

My husband and I often have “mature” conversations that sound something like this:

Me: I really need to do a load of laundry, but I don’t want to.
Him: I don’t want to do laundry, either.
Me: Okay, it’s settled, we won’t do laundry.
Him: I love being an adult.

Hands down, laundry is the chore we hate to do the most. We used to hate doing dishes, but we got a new dishwasher last year that actually works, so laundry has moved into the top position.

I’ve never been able to figure out if it’s the time commitment, the labor, or the recidivistic nature of the chore that makes me loathe it so much. Sorting, washing, drying, folding, and putting away don’t seem like such horrible tasks on their own … but put together, I find them to be awful. I know things are bad when I would rather clean toilets than do laundry.

I’m not big on New Year’s Resolutions, but I’m going to give them a whirl in 2008 and put “Get laundry under control” on my list. In fact, it will probably be the only resolution on my list of resolutions this year. It causes me more stress than everything else in my life, so it’s going to get the prominence it deserves.

I’m going to spend the next couple weeks getting things ready for my year of laundry control. I’ll start by reviewing the posts I’ve already written on laundry (Ending laundry chaos and More than 15 ways to handle recurrent clutter) and re-establish all of the systems I’ve tried to put in place in the past. I know, too, that there will be at least one trip to Goodwill with clothing donations before the new year begins.

What area of your life is the most cluttered? Have you thought about getting it under control as a New Year’s Resolution? If so, what steps are you going to take to make your resolution a reality? Feel welcome to share your plans with us in the comments section.

54 Comments for “My New Year’s Resolution: Laundry”

  1. posted by Danielle on

    I was just looking into have someone do my laundry, I hate it so much. However, I’m giving it one more try. My goal is this: One Load A Day Until It’s Put Away. That means put into drawers, closets, whatever. I hope it works!!

  2. posted by LisaNewton on

    Wow, I never knew so many people blogged about laundry, but I’m slowly finding out…………..:)

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  4. posted by Taylor at Household Management 101 on

    Laundry can be overwhelming because it never ends. I have found that the best way to deal with it is to create a weekly schedule. I have a large family, so I need to do some type of laundry every day. Having a schedule ensures that I keep all the laundry under control, but more importantly it gives me a point of completion everyday. Once I finish my required task of laundry for the day, I am done. No more feeling like the task is never complete.

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