Friday, December 5, 2008

Laundry Room Blues

Hang on to your hats because the excitement just never ends here. To be honest, I have piles and piles of laundry on my laundry room floor to be washed and piles and piles to be folded or put away. And I'm willing to do anything to avoid it.

Enough about my desperation. Have you ever had a problem with your washer and dryer and couldn't find the manuals? Or couldn't remember the special washing and drying instructions for that delicate piece of clothing or those curtains in the bedroom? How about stain removal? Wondering what will take out blood or wine? Or blood AND wine if you really had a bad night.

That's where having a laundry room notebook comes in handy.

I have one that I keep in my laundry room. I even made a fancy pants cover for it. Like I said, I'll go to great lengths to actually avoid doing real work.

Inside my notebook, I keep my washer and dryer instructions. I have an electronic washer that thinks it is smarter than me (it may well be, who knows.) Occasionally, it will start flashing numbers and letters at me for some shortcoming that it thinks I have and I have to use my manual to figure out the specific transgression that I am guilty of this time.

I also keep stain removal guides in my notebook. I never really use them since there is nothing on this earth that is going to take out the stains from Vern's work clothes and I gave up trying years ago, but just in case I ever actually care about a stain, that information is waiting and ready. You know, in case the Internet doesn't work or something.

I also keep other laundry tidbits in there. Like folding instructions for fitted sheets. Yes, there really is a better method than wadding them up in a ball and shoving them in the drawer. I said "better," not faster.

I have a section for each room and put the washing instructions for rugs, curtains, bedspreads, etc. in that area. I usually never get around to washing those things, but if I need to, I'll know how. (Frankly, it's easier to replace them.) There's also a section like this for clothing. I don't really have that much stuff that has special washing instructions but I might get invited to an inauguration or something someday and have a special outfit that I refuse to get dry cleaned anyway even though the instructions tell me to.

Last but not least is the section for all those buttons and pieces of yarn that come with every piece of clothing that I buy. They come in their own little bags, so they must be important. Once again, sewing buttons on and making repairs isn't really high on my list of things to do, but it at least has a shot of getting done if I can find a button to sew on. I use business card protector pages for these to keep them all neat and tidy. That's important because you don't want messy buttons. You've already balled up your sheets without folding them, don't let the buttons get the best of you.

No reason to actually do laundry when you can organize it.


Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

LOL! This is a great idea - one that I would expect from someone as organized as you. I am far too lazy for such an undertaking. PLUS, even if I did do it, my laundry room is so messy I wouldn't have any place to put the dang thing.

Thanks for the laugh.

Stacy said...

Love this idea! It would have come in handy for when I was out of town and DS had to teach DH how to turn on the dryer.

Unknown said...

I was about to make fun of you for having a laundry binder but then I just realized I have index cards taped to both washer and dryer with instructions on them. Just in case someone BESIDES ME decided to do laundry. haha That sentence alone makes them even more absurd than before....

p.s. good idea...gotta make me a laundry binder

Anonymous said...

LOL! Why am I not surprised?!? I DO like the idea of having a sheet for each room with the washing instructions for items found there. I think I'll borrow that one!

Anonymous said...

OMG I love the buttons in the business case organizer!