Most days, I don’t mind doing laundry. In fact, I almost enjoy it. It’s a great feeling to get everything washed and line everyone’s drawers with clean, fresh-smelling clothes. It’s gives a great sense of completion.
But there are those days where I think I’m going to revolt if I have to wash one more load of clothes. Usually that happens when it’s 9pm and I realize there is one more load to fold in the dryer. At 9pm, I want to wind down from my day – not continue to work.
So what do I do? What do I do to encourage myself to get moving and get the laundry job finished?
Well, it varies.
Most of the time I can just give myself a good pep talk when that happens: “It’s going to be bad tomorrow if everyone wakes up without clothes to wear, so you’d better get moving.” Or: “Make things easier on yourself – get the laundry done today because tomorrow is super busy and you don’t want to add one more thing to your plate.”
On the rare occasion, I let the laundry slide. And then I suffer the consequences. What are the consequences you ask? 7+ loads to catch up on which is not my idea of a fun day.
But when that does happen, it cements it more in my mind that I have to stay on top of our laundry or it will overtake us. In the early days of pre-children, I could get by easily with slacking on the laundry and letting it pile up. But now that we have four children, that’s just not an option.
So in this season of life, the pep talks continue for the days I’d just like to let the laundry slide. Thankfully, they work to get my rear in the laundry room.
What do you do to encourage yourself to wash clothes when you’d rather do a million other things?