Just before she catches up, the laundry multiplies.
Some Random Facts and Observations...
1. No matter how hard you try to get the children (or, ahem! the husband) to separate out their own clothes into whites and colors and towels, they will never truly master the skill in your household. It won't happen until the girls become mothers and the boys start having to spend their own money replacing pink underwear and socks. And then, it still may never kick in for boys. It's a fact best accepted and resigned to. Getting kids to sort consistently and properly is like teaching cats to use the toilet: theoretically possible but highly improbable. (Dang it, anyway.)
L'Ossovatore Romano, the newspaper of the Vatican, announced that the washing machine had more to do with women's liberation than the birth control pill or their right to work.2. 98.9% of the time, when choosing clothes to wear to Mass, your son will wear the impossibly wrinkled button-down shirt he finds in the back of a drawer instead of any one of the five you've ironed and hung neatly in his closet. And he won't understand why you send him back to his room to change.
3. In a house with more than three children at home, it's against the law of physics to have all laundry hampers, baskets, and machines completely empty of laundry for a 24 hour period. If this ever happens, go out right away and buy a lottery ticket.
4. Since the children spend more time indoors during the winter, there are generally fewer articles to wash during this season, but the articles tend to be bigger and bulkier, so it's (ahem) a wash.
Laundry Day, an anual event every September in Antwerp, has nothing to do with washing clothes.
5. It's worth the quarters to take all the blankets and "throws" to the laundromat at least once a season to get them all washed and dried at the same time. It takes a quarter of the time it takes to do it at home -- and it's a good chance to catch up on your reading without interruptions from kiddos if you arrange for Dad or an older sibling to babysit while you're gone.
Detergent isn't actually soap; it's a chemical compound that helps clean clothes in washing machines because it keeps dirt suspended in the water. When it comes to cleaning clothes, the washing machine is the thing, not the detergent.
For home-made laundry detergent and fabric softener, run over here.
7. For the record: We finished Friday afternoon with nothing in the laundry room but one small basket of whites. It's now Sunday afternoon and I have an overflowing basket of whites, a full basket of colors, and a big, blue blanket to get started on tomorrow morning. ~SIGH~ The one thing that is sure besides death and taxes... Laundry, laundry, and more laundry.
8. Laurel and Hard know about laundry.