Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Laundry - The Pinterest Pressure Cooker.

Now that I’ve been in the new house for 9 months I’m thinking I should unpack the rest of my junk. This leads to a few hours browsing on Pinterest where all homes appear to be situated in Stepford.

Living rooms, kitchens, the master bed and bath, well sure.  Spend some time and energy.  Make some creative decor choices.  But my friends, the insidious DIY expectations don’t end there. Oh no, they tendril out and include the linen closet, tool shed and laundry room. For the benefit of the non-Pinterest folks who don’t live in Stepford, evidently there are several requirements for doing the wash. 

First, if my laundry room is bigger than the average size master bedroom or living room, I won’t care what it looks like because I won’t be doing my own laundry. 

Second, what is with the w/d camouflage?

Is there another activity that  routinely takes place in the laundry area that can’t occur if the laundry area is recognized as a laundry area?   

Third, it would appear that color coordination, repackaging laundry products  . . .

. . . garland (garland? seriously garland?) and cluster of little wash related items are encouraged.

Finally, at least one clever laundry related sayings. (You wouldn’t think there would be many of those, would you?) 

If I get a few loads done over the weekend I’m making domestic progress and if one set of socks comes back complete, well then a little celebration is in order.  

Considering what the alternatives are, I’m pretty damn happy I have working machines. 

Actually, I think it would be very sweet to have a home with each room thoughtfully put together.  Maybe someday I’ll have enough ambition to make that happen.  Or maybe, someday I’ll move to Stepford. 

I'm eighteen years behind in my ironing. There's no use doing it now, it doesn't fit anybody I know. —Phyllis Dialer

My husband and I have figured out a really good system about the housework: neither of us does it. -  Dotty Archibald

Marriage is about the most expensive way for the average man to get his laundry done. - Burt Reynolds 

My theory on housework is, if the item doesn't multiply, catch fire, or block the refrigerator door, let it be. No one else cares. Why should you?  - Erma Bombeck

The laundry has it’s hand on my dirty shirts, sheets, towels and table clothes, and who knows what tales they tell. - Joseph Smith 

My second favorite household chore is ironing. My first being hitting my head on the top bunk bed until I faint. - Erma Bombeck

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