Wednesday, May 6, 2009

I'm just going to put it out there...

Okay, I'm making myself vulnerable here. I've decided to share something so personal, so shameful, that I rarely ever tell anyone about it. It's been an embarrassment of mine for a very long time, and quite frankly I'm still not over the shame of it all. But for the greater good, I feel it's best I share this most abasing aspect of my life. *deep breath* Alright, here goes...



This is our laundry pile. Garment upon garment of washed, yet unfolded clothes. Some of them were washed just yesterday. Others were washed weeks ago. Instead of folding them or hanging them in the closet, every morning we go down to the lower level of our home, rummage through the monstrous pile, and hope we find something suitable to wear to work. Let's see that again, shall we?

Wow, it looks even more monstrous from that angle, doesn't it? I'm really very ashamed of the way we treat our laundry. Why am I sharing all of this? Because I want to prove a point. I'm an avid proponent of cloth diapering and the number one concern/objection I get from people I talk to about it is that they don't want to do all the laundry that comes with it. They insist that they can barely keep up with the laundry they have, so they're sure they'd never be able to wash diapers regularly. However, as you can clearly see from the pictures above, neither I nor my husband are particularly on top of our laundry game, yet our daughter's diapers always manage to look like this:


Look at the contrast! How is it we can manage to keep her diapers washed and folded neatly, yet our clothes are left to sort themselves? I really wish I had the answer to that question, but I do know this: Even the most laundry-averse of us can successfully cloth diaper our children. No, I don't particularly like doing laundry, but in all honesty I haven't found washing and caring for her diapers to be all that cumbersome. In fact, it's become pretty routine at this point. And besides, anyone with kids is going to spend more than their fair share of time in front of a washer and dryer. Those munchkins dirty everything they wear... constantly! So I find the "I don't wanna do laundry" argument a bit curious, given the amount of laundry most parents do on a daily basis anyway. From one laundry-phobe to another, it's really not that bad.

So, there's all my business out in the open for everyone to see. I hope someone's found it helpful. Oddly, I feel a little better now having admitted I have a problem. It's kind of liberating!

7 comments:

Whitney said...

Denise, this here is da TRUF!!! Love it, and so true! Thanks for having the balls to post this to prove a point.

weightdownmoneyup said...

very true.. glad to see you are using cloth diapers!!!! I did that for about 6 mos with each kid.. they aren't as fancy/durable as they are now.. definitely if I were to convince myself to have another I would do the same!

weightdownmoneyup said...

LOL.. this is so true.. and I'm happy to see that you are using Cloth diapers!!!!!

Sabrina Maddox Peek said...

I grew up in a household where we did the laundry every saturday (and it was my chore of course). But, now that life is a little more complicated and demanding, I find that doing a load everyday or every-other day makes things so much easier. It's easy to throw clothes in the washer and dryer, but folding them is what everyone hates. At least I do and I think you do too!! Really, if you do a load a day, you will see how much easier the folding is to manage! Try it!!

Natasha said...

LT,

I'mma need you to stop posting my business! The bugs cloth diapers are ALWAYS neat, while we are living out of laundry bags. I see that I am going to have to take Sabrina's advice....

glamazini said...

Our laundry pile is on the guestbed :)

Eclectic Soul said...

I put my laundry on the guest bed too. If I have a surprise guest show up, I push everything into the dryer until they leave. *shame, shame, shame*