Photo credit: “Laundry Night” by FlySi
I have two weeks left before my fall classes start so I’m trying to do at least a couple of the projects I’ve been meaning to do for the past 2.5 months.
This week: conquer the massive backlog of laundry we have.
I could blame this summer’s heat or something for the laundry that’s piled up… but that would be a lie. In truth, we always have those blue IKEA shopping bags full of laundry in our bedroom—sometimes up to half a dozen at a time.
Why? Because doing the laundry in the city can be a massive pain in the ass.
If you’ll indulge me, a brief rant about laundry (as well as those who may complain about it):
I really seriously cannot grasp AT ALL why people who live in the suburbs can’t keep up on their laundry. Do you know what I have to go through to get the laundry done? Pack it into a bag (weighing AT LEAST 30+ pounds), heft said bag onto my back or balance it on my hip while also holding the hand of a small child (who hopefully has brought enough books/games/whatever to keep herself amused), walk a couple blocks to the laundromat, sit in a hard plastic chair (and oh, I hope to god there IS a chair for me) for at least two hours, heft it back home and after all that walking to and fro and standing in laundromat, I need to get this 30+ pounds of clothes UP THREE FLIGHTS OF STAIRS. So, other bloggers/Facebook friends, I do not have ANY SYMPATHY AT ALL for your bitching about how much laundry you do, because I’m pretty sure you can just dump the clothes in your washer in your basement and then go back to your goddamn couch while watching ‘Dancing with the Gray’s American Housewife Idol or Whatever’ until it’s done SO SHUT YOUR WHINE HOLE.
Gosh, that felt good.
Anyhoo, this week (and possibly next week as well) is all about doing the laundry here in Maison Gezellig. (In my brain, I’m calling it CLEAN ALL THE THINGS! Week even though I’m only doing the laundry.) Here’s what I’ve been reading (when not at the laundromat) and/or thinking about (when I am there):
Ugh, how much of this do I even wear anyway? Okay, I could not pull off the same dress for 365 days but I am interested in the six items or less project. Although, at the same time, I could really use new jeans. The ones I have currently (yes, I own one pair, not including a second pair in black) are a little too big now (you’re sad for me, I know) and have been repaired multiple times.
My towels are shameful. They’ve all gotten pretty ratty and I have no idea what to do. I don’t want to drop a lot of (okay, truthfully, any) money on new towels, but at the same time, cheap, conventionally-grown cotton is not the greatest choice either. Plus, what do I do with the fugly towels? Most suggestions for reusing old towels involve washing your dogs and/or cars (which is no help at all) and my local animal shelter says they’re all set with towel donations.
What if I made my own laundry detergent? Okay, it’s a bit… Marge Simpson makes her own Pepsi (“It’s a little thick, but the price is right!”), but it seems dead simple to make: grated soap + borax + washing soda. I’m still trying to work out if it’s actually cheaper, though, than the Seventh Generation detergent I use now.
So… DIY detergent: cheaper or no? And where can I find good jeans for stubby legs like mine? Leave a comment here or join the discussion on Facebook.