Sweet Husband--off to put the Kid to bed one night last week--peeked in our bedroom door. The baby was blissfully sleeping in her crib, and I was sitting in the middle of our bed, surrounded by laundry--literally up to my neck in clean clothes. I think I must have looked a little forlorn
"Why don't you just dump it all in a basket and go to bed? I won't tell," he offered sympathetically.
"The thought had crossed my mind, but we're out of baskets."
We have three, in case you were wondering. All were in various stages of use in our basement laundry room--towels, diapers, I don't even know what else. I didn't tell Sweet Husband this, but I had also considered just bringing the baby to bed with me and tossing all the laundry in her crib. (And rightly rejected the plan because neither of us sleep as well with a wee one to be careful of....sigh.)
So, I gathered up my gumption, tried to think of it as a blessing--yay, we obviously are well-clothed--and began folding.
As I did, I contemplated how, with both kiddos, one of the biggest battles of the first six months was/has been just keeping up with the darned laundry.
It's like an avalanche. We try to stay on top, but it just comes so fast--pajamas, running clothes, hundreds of mismatched socks, onesies, towels, sheets, diapers, blankets, spit-up cloths, not to mention our regular work-and-school attire. It's the stuff of a housekeeping/natural disaster movie/nightmare. I can see it, right down to the scruffy, plucky search-and-rescue dog they'll send to dig me out for the finale. Atta boy, Barry!
As long time readers will know, we used to make our own detergent, but--like many things we've had to simplify--we're on the store-bought now. After experimenting with a few different kinds, I like all free clear, because it doesn't have the heavy, added smell that many other brands have.
This is very important when you're contemplating being buried alive in clothes.
It also de-funks my running tights, without making them itchy. (It's a real fine line when you don't want to stink, but also have sensitive skin.) And it hasn't caused any weird reactions for Little Miss, so we can all use it. (If I had to wash her clothes separately...well, let's just not think on it. Thank you all free clear for making it so I don't have to think on it.)
Tell me, dear friends, what do you do to keep your laundry pile from becoming a mountain?