I’ve been fluttering on and off with a load of laundry a day for about a year – I’m happy to say fluttering more often than not!
I’ve started using my delay function on the washing machine. Before I go to bed at night, I get a load of washing ready to go, and then it’s freshly washed by about 6.30am and I can hang it on the line before my almost-2-year-old gets out of bed. My husband is on holidays from work at the moment and this morning our son woke up early, so while I got him out of bed and tended to him, my husband went to “help” with the load of washing. He put it in the dryer and hung the denim items on our undercover airing horse. I asked him why he did that (since, even though the sun hadn’t cleared the hill and trees yet, it was going to be a sunny, warm day), and he just said “oh, I don’t know! I just did it without thinking!” I went to take the denim outside to hang on the line and, on my way past the laundry, I stopped the dryer and emptied it back into the basket to hang outside.
This mightn’t seem like much, but not very long ago I would’ve been lazy and left it in there… Using electricity when there is perfectly good sunshine and fresh air outside! I was so chuffed with myself for hanging it out even though part of me was thinking I didn’t “need” to! I’ve earned a sticker on my calendar every day this month for completing the laundry habit (including fold/hang & put away!); the only days missing a sticker were when my husband and I had a romantic, kid-free 3-day weekend in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, which I think is a pretty good reason to not do any laundry!
Thank you for helping my family stay on top of our laundry!
Alyce Fluttering in Queensland, Australia
FlyLady here: Our habit for August is working on Laundry.
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