Friday, May 10, 2013

Wrinkles or Fold

I spent the better part of the day doing laundry at the Laundromat. It was very, very hot as they didn't have the AC on, despite temps in the eighties. We bundled all the laundry in our baskets and brought it home to fold (where we very sensibly have AIR CONDITIONING!)

As I sat folding a mountain of endless clothing, I wondered--WHY do we fold clothes? Why not have a basket of clean undies and a basket of clean socks and pick them out as we need? Why fold nighties? They just get wrinkled when we twist and turn in our sleep. WHY do we waste hours of our precious time FOLDING?

I can understand folding sheets and towels because they fit better on the closet shelf. But underwear and socks? What's the point? And imagine all the drawer space that would be freed up if you just keep them in a basket...

How many chores do we do needlessly because 'that's the way we've always done it'? Wrinkles in my underwear are waaaay down on my list of priorities. There are possibly two or three people in the world who will see my wrinkly underwear (though honesty compels me to admit the wrinkles disappear when stretched over my fluffy body).

As I look around my apartment, it occurs to me that much of the standard housework is really 'make work' from long before my generation. I've never understood the logic in making the bed. If it was up to me, our bed would never be made except when the sheets are changed. However, the hunk feels uncomfortable with the unmade bed so HE makes the bed everyday. *Shrug*.

Anyway, I think I may go with the basket idea. I could save at least an hour every time I do laundry. Time is precious. Besides, at heart, I really hate laundry.



  1. My mother used to iron underwear. I thought I was being subversive when I refused to do that!

  2. I love the basket idea! Yay Anny. Brilliant! Hi to Helen!