Over the past few months, I’ve significantly changed my laundry habits for the better. And I’m not just talking about destashing clothes or only having limited this or that or whatever. I’m talking about being mindful of my laundry. Being present with my laundry.
Joking aside, these simple things have helped me tremendously, and I want to share. These are steps I’ve taken to not only reduce the amount of laundry I wash, but to also come to a new appreciation and awareness of what I possess.
Step One. Assess the Situation
I mean really assess. I started by keeping a notebook and pen in my laundry room and making note of every load of laundry I washed and dried. The first step to solving your problem is realizing/admitting you have a problem.
Take an inventory of what you own. This is where minimalism starts to get really dynamic. Some people live with two pairs of socks they wash often. Others have a dozen pairs so they wash less. Minimalism is whatever you need it to be. Knowing exactly what you have will make you more intentional in your use.
Ask yourself how you define “dirty clothes.” You wore a sweater around the house. Unless you scrubbed toilets, it’s probably not dirty. You showered and put on PJs. They’re not dirty.
Step Two. Break the Habits.
Let your family members know that things are a’changin. Talk to your Boo and your kids about how your house defines “dirty” clothes and ask them to be aware of what they toss into the laundry basket. Hampers are a place for dirty things, not just things you’ve worn.
Have dedicated kitchen rags/towels for the day. I could own a hundred kitchen towels, and we could use ALL of those suckers in half a day if I didn’t have them on lockdown. Be hygienic, but conservative.
Reuse when possible. Not everyone is comfortable with it, but my husband and I share a bath towel each day. I wear jeans multiple times before washing. If a cloth napkin doesn’t get used during a meal, leave it there for the next meal. Again, be conscious of how you define dirty.
Step Three. Make a Plan. Stick to the Plan.
Decide how often you want to do laundry. I had previously been washing whenever the hampers were overflowing, however often that may have been. I wash once a week now due to managing our usage throughout the week. Don’t let dirty underpants be the boss of you.
Manage it daily. You shouldn’t have to wash daily, but you do have to keep an eye on your laundries. A tshirt left here or there will surely end up in the hamper later on because nobody knows where it came from. A mystery towel left on the kitchen counter will, of course, end up in the dirty laundry because what if it has e. coli on it!? Fold it now, put it away now, hang it up now.
Get it done when you want it done. When laundry day rolls around, the best thing you can do is bang it out ASAP. You’ll feel like Cinderella in a Maytag commercial, but it’s so worth it when you can spend the next six days (or however long) saying, “LOOK AT ME AND ALL THE CLOTHES I’M NOT WASHING!”
Between destashing the extras, carefully selecting the keepers, and thoughtful usage of what we do have, I’ve halved my laundry.
If you feel like you’re doing laundry all the time, it’s because you are. It seems like a silly things to take seriously, but I promise you… There is a distinct confidence and peace that comes with knowing you are actively and successfully managing your home and possessions rather than being a slave to them.
Make your material possessions work for you. Don’t let them make work for you.
I’d love to hear your favorite laundry hacks or your personal routine!
This post is for minimalists, crunchy folk, families with kids, your neighbor, and everybody else. Whether you want to live more simply with less clutter or just want to improve the health of those in your home, this is for you.
My medicine cabinet is not even a cabinet. It’s a tiny basket with a pack of bandaids that we never use, a few essential oil personal inhalers, and a thermometer.
“But what if your kid gets a fever?”
“What do you take for headaches?”
“You’ll change your mind when you get a sinus infection!”
So, now that we’ve got THAT out of the way, let’s continue to the meat of this post.
I encourage you to go grab a package or two of OTC medication from your cabinet and read the labels. What are the intended uses of these products? I’ll use a popular brand of acetaminophen as an example.
“temporarily relieves minor aches and pains due to: the common cold, headache, backache, minor pain of arthritis, toothache, muscular aches, premenstrual and menstrual cramps, temporarily reduces fever”
temporarily relieves minor aches and pains
temporarily reduces fever
I want to use this example because this is one of the medications so many people keep on hand and use for so many purposes.
My point here is that drugs like this do not fix your problem. They do not cure anything. They do not prevent anything. They slightly alter the presentation of the actual problem for a short time and then bring to the table a slew of side effects, noticed or not.
And then there’s this…
giving these medicines, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, to prevent fever after vaccination may also blunt immune responses to the vaccine.
Duke University/CDC – Click for Source
And also this…
Our previous case-control study showed that use of acetaminophen at age 12–18 months is associated with increased likelihood for Autism Spectrum Disorder (OR 8.37, 95% CI 2.08–33.7). In this study, we again show that acetaminophen use is associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder (p = 0.013).
These medications aren’t helping you.
Yes, your headache might ease off. But why do you have a headache? Did you consume too much sugar or caffeine in the past few days and now your body is having to readjust to normalcy? Did you skip a few glasses of water and allow yourself to become dehydrated? Did you watch too much television or play on your phone too long?
Are you medicating yourself for something a glass of water, a dose of sunshine, or better time management can cure?
There are natural, better ways to not only treat common health issues, but also many, many ways to circumvent these issues entirely.
- Prevent seasonal allergy reactions by consuming local, raw honey.
- Utilize a steamy bathroom, facial massage, and a mug of tea instead of consuming decongestant medications.
- Use a netti pot instead of OTC nasal sprays.
- Know that the foods and beverages you put into your body directly affect how you feel at that moment and for a time afterwards.
- Clean water, mild soap, and applied pressure are all most minor wounds need.
- Recognize that things like fevers or upset tummies are the body’s way of dealing with an attack that started well before you ever noticed the symptoms.
- Wash your hands with a mild, *non-antibacterial soap.*
- Know that your attitude, how you manage yourself mentally and emotionally, plays a role in how you feel physically.
- Treat the origin of your issue, not just a handful of symptoms.
- Understand that your body is made to defend and repair itself and often doesn’t need assistance.
We’ve been so conditioned to believe we *need* these medications to “heal” or “get better.” Even the drugs themselves don’t claim to do that. Human bodies are powerhouses of sustainability…as long as they are treated with the respect and care they deserve.
I’m not saying that “medicine is evil” or “Big Pharma is killing us all!” I’m saying that we live in a world where many people would rather take on additional risks, spend extra money, and live in a state of dependency than make a diet change or go for a walk.
I’m saying, “Simple solutions to simple problems.”
I encourage you to make today the ending point of concealing symptoms. Make today your starting point for genuine, “I love you, self,” self-care.
I had a Pinterest Mom moment today. I made quinoa veggie nuggets…in fun shapes…for lunch today. And I was suuuuuuper close to having a vegan recipe.
Who does that?!
But anyways, I was quite proud of myself for trying something new and experimenting with healthy alternatives. I was reveling in my Pinterest Mom buzz. I decided to do a search and see what other moms had come up with.
Cue lots of “I’m not a pinterest mom” posts followed by “Ugh, friggin pinterest moms and their clean kitchens” rambles.
CAN WE JUST NOT?
Instead of finding fun and new ideas by other moms, I uncovered entry after entry of moms speaking negatively either about themselves or other moms… other hypothetical moms, at that.
Everybody wants to hate on the Pinterest Mom because she has herself so together, no one can compete with her. Newsflash. Pinterest contains a collection of ideas, not biographies. Pins are not trying to surpass you in mothering standards. The issue is when people take a teeny tiny sliver of an idea someone else possibly likes and turns it into a battle.
Betty Sue, living on her homestead with her goats, may clean her kitchen with all natural products she whipped up herself and bring hand crafted gluten free cookies to the homeschool co-op she organized, but so what!? Betty Sue is doing what makes her happy.
I have plans to make my own essential oil diffuser necklace from clay I’ll dig out of my yard. I don’t give two hoots if you bought yours off Amazon.
Just because you’re offended doesn’t mean someone else has been offensive.
A person living differently from you is not a personal attack.
There are a lot more people self-implementing judged feelings than there are people actually judging others.
Check yo’self, momma. It’s okay.