October 24, 2009
We are still wringing out our laundry because the washing machine won't spin. If there's one thing that I didn't need, it was a broken washing machine. Our schedule is maxed out and my wrists are feeling a lot older these days with aches and pains. Can you get arthritis in your 30's? I hope not.
Wringing out the laundry is NO fun. I feel for the pioneers. Thankfully my big kids are great helpers.
Of course, the laundry at our house stays piled up in one state or another - even when the washer isn't broken. There's usually a clean pile - on mama's bed - and a few dirty sorted piles in the hall in front of the kids' bathroom. I hate it when there is laundry on the floor, but you can only do so much, right? In a perfect world, or even just in the future when I get my act together, I'll have dirty-clothes sorting bins and a nice laundry room with places to fold, sort and hang clothes that need to go back to the kids' rooms. My big pet peeve is keeping the floor uncluttered and laundry is always keeping me from reaching that 'chore utopia' I long for.
I'm convinced that you only truly have a clean house if you 1. don't homeschool, 2. don't have kids, 3. don't have pets, 4. don't have a baby in the house, and 5. hire a maid once a week. Yet I still keep trying to keep the house clean regardless. I guess you would call that insanity.
I love what Alli Worthington says - "We can't both look good. It's me or the house." In my house I would say it's either SCHOOL or housework. They just can't ever seem to both get done on the same day without major meltdowns.
Baby, while adding another ten loads a week to our laundry pile, has shown us that laundry is a lot more fun than it looks. So what if jumping and sitting on the laundry makes us all look wrinkled and frumpy. How can you resist that grin? Now that 'baby bee' is crawling, he loves to scale the laundry pile and laughs when he looses his balance and rolls off of it.
Even though baby is a lot more work, he brings a smile to our faces. And smiles are a good thing during chore time.