I rule, my laundry hamper drools.
Other women like cooking, so they post recipes.
I like laundry. I know, I’m weird. If you don’t like doing laundry, I can help you. I would do yours if you lived closer, but since you don’t, I’ll share my secrets of success.
Momma Mindy’s Hamper Rules
1. If it ain’t in the laundry hamper, it ain’t gunna’ get warshed.
(In honor of living in Kansas for seven years, today I’m saying “warsh” instead of “wash.” Didja’ catch that?)
Even though that’s the rule, the truth is, many times they put their dirty clothes in the hamper
It doesn’t matter how many times I say
“It’s laundry day!”
“You put your dirty clothes in the hamper, right?”
… there are still glitches.
Maybe the clothes were hidden under the bed, because they were too embarrassed to show me their dirt, ‘cuz I told them not to wear their Sunday clothes to play football.
Maybe they’ve stained a brand new shirt.
Other times, they’re just lazy. They hear me calling, but choose not to answer. They think what they’re doing is more important than what I want them to do.
I stick to this rule unless they really need a certain item of clothing for a special event and/or them going without their clean clothes would embarrass them or me.
But, the more you bend the rules, the more they will.
2. No towels in the laundry hamper.
3. The Laundry Hamper is fer dirty clothes, not clean ones.
If you don’t have kids, yer thinking I’m an idiot.
If you have kids, yer runnin’ for your marker to put this brilliant statement on your laundry hamper. To clue in childless, hamper-issue-less wonderful readers, kids love to shove their dirty clothes in the drawers and put the clean ones back in the hamper.
Sometimes, they shove them in the hamper still folded.
I know, it’s absolutely unbelievable.
I know, if you had kids, they’d never do that. Good luck with that one, honey. 🙂
Lemme’ know how it turns out, because years from now, I’ll still need advice.
Yea, it’s totally legal to sniff the clothes in the hamper, refold, and put them back with their clean clothes.
4. The way clothes go in the hamper is the way they go in the warsher.
The above display is one dirty t-shirt still clinging to one dirty zip-up. They will cling to one another in the washer, too. If they’re still clinging, they’ll be tumbling around the dryer together.
With six kids I don’t have time to pull apart a ton of laundry, unroll those nasty sock balls, and pull undies out of the pants.
Yea, I had two examples, but didn’t use the pics. Don’t want to humiliate my children too much.
But still, despite having rules to protect their laundry and make it easier for Mommma Mindy to warsh their laundry, they still break the rules.
Yea, it’s annoying, frustrating and can make me crabby, yea, me, I get crabby, but I really do love my kids and I do love taking care of them.
I encourage myself with these verses:
Galatians 6:9And let us not grow weary while doing good,for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
Do all things without complaining and disputing.
Each time they don’t follow the hamper rules, I have to decide if I’ll make the child live with the consequences or if I’ll extend mercy and wash another load of clothes.
The Lord just knows what it feels like to be a parent whose rules aren’t followed. He just has way more kids and way more piles of dirty laundry.
We just think we can shove it under the bed where He can’t see it, or we think the stain is so bad He can’t cleanse it. Sometimes, we ignore Him calling us when He notices our stains.
Let’s go back to rule #1.
If it ain’t in the hamper, it’s ain’t gunna’ get warshed.
Let’s be good kids, and toss our dirty laundry in His hamper.