Why I Love Laundry

I love folding clothes. I may not like a lot of other chores but folding clothes is therapeutic for me. I get a sense of accomplishment from it and it's something that can be done while I'm watching the kids or talking to them. It’s also a task where you can actually see your progress as you go along and when it's done, it's done! Other than putting the clothes away, of course.

Another reason I like folding laundry is because while I'm folding, I see our life unfold in each and every article of clothing. When my husband and I were first married, it was just my clothes and his. Well, and towels and sheets. Occasionally blankets. But you know what I mean. The clothes I have folded over the years for myself have shrunk and grown to accommodate my pregnant body and the {very} occasional weight loss. My husband's clothes have varied from his different job and family responsibilities – work shirts, pajamas, old clothes for working in the yard or other projects, church clothes. Some of our clothes have memories in them too - the shirt my husband wore the night we met, an old sweatshirt I got at a concert a long time ago, a favorite maternity shirt.

And then there's my kids. Their clothes (and the babies themselves) start out teeny tiny. And don't we just "ooh" and "aah" over all the witty bitty socks and the tiny little onesies? But for something so teeny tiny, they go through a LOT of clothes. All that puking, pooping, peeing and spitting up means changing them several times a day. But before you know it, they've grown out of the newborn, the 0 - 3 months, the 6 - 9 months and so on and so forth. Their clothes get bigger and bigger - and you go through the various stages, phases and trends. My son's clothes have been adorned with Pooh Bear, Thomas the Train, Spiderman and Star Wars, just to name a few. And before I know it, he'll be taller than me and probably arguing with me about pulling up his pants. ;)

I know time is only going to go faster...but it stops for a moment when I get to fold laundry.

14 comments :

  1. I never thought of it this way, very apt observations Shay :)

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  2. me too! LOVE folding......hate putting away. For all the same reasons

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  3. What a great post... now when you are done come on over and do mine :)
    I love to wash and dry but I don't like to fold and put away.. I don't know I guess I never thought about that way. Hmmm I might have to reprogram my head. :)

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  4. Laundry is not one of my favorite chores but you made me want to actually go fold the clothes sitting in the basket on my bed. You put a fresh perspective on a dreaded chore.

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  5. Yes, I actually have 3 baskets sitting in front of me at the moment...staring me down! LOL :)

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  6. Hmmm, it depends on how much laundry you have that needs done! ;)

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  7. Yay! I'm glad I was able to put a new spin on things. :)

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  8. Well written. Thank you. Not sure if I'm ready to incorporate laundry therapy in my life but the realization of how fast kids grow out of their clothes is what inspired my business! I started an online kids clothing swap club. You don't place classified ads like other swap sites, but swap directly with me.

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  9. That sounds really neat! I will have to check that out!

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  10. What a beautiful post! I have to admit, though...I am not a fan of folding laundry. It lost its luster about 3 children ago. :)

    By the way, I am not Ty! I'm Amy from Raising Arrows (Ty is my awesome husband!), but signing into Disqus that way was the fastest for me! lol

    Blessings! I look forward to reading more and getting to know you! :)
    Amy

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  11. I don't mind folding. It's the putting away that's the bad part. And my daughter goes through at least 4 outfits a day so I have a lot of laundry! Love you take on it. Following from the You Like Me Bloghop!
    Michelle
    http://www.heartfeltbalancehandmadelife.blogspot.com

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  12. Hmm, that's very true Michelle...I'm not always that great about putting it away either!

    Thanks for stopping by! :)

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