I love to do laundry. Not many people can say that, but I genuinely do. I like to use my favorite products when I do laundry. I use all of the Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Earth-friendly laundry products in either Lavender or Rose Geranium scent. This makes washing clothes a real pleasure. I use her laundry detergent and dryer sheets and my laundry room smells like Nirvana. I use her products because I enjoy the scent, but also because they don’t contain harsh, caustic chemicals, so they’re safe for everyone in our home, including me.
I believe that for every household chore, you have to have a system. Having a system means you spend more time living and less time doing chores.
When we moved into the cottage I began the next chapter of my life living upstairs. This means everything I do involves climbing stairs to get home. This includes bringing up the groceries, shopping bags, everyday crap that gets left in the car and laundry. When I realized that this also meant taking the laundry downstairs to the laundry room, I decided that we must have a laundry chute. This has been the best installation, other than the outdoor shower, that we’ve added to the cottage. It makes my life ten times easier!
It’s great! I just open the lid and down they all go! Stinky socks, bed sheets, blankets, t-shirts, jeans and sundresses. I wash and dry and fold everything downstairs and pack them in those lovely huge blue Ikea bags. My husband brings them back upstairs so I can put all of the fresh smelling, clean clothes away.
The only part about doing the laundry that I dreaded, was opening my husband’s closet. You never knew what was waiting for you in there, or what might find you once that door was engaged. His closet is a small walk-in unit in the master bedroom. In the beginning it was a dark, disorganized hole. When we refurbished the cottage I spent some time making his closet efficient and light. I ripped out everything in it and painted it white. I added a ceiling light with a switch outside the door so every corner could be illuminated. I installed a wire shelf rack along the inside, a garment rack in the upper level and another garment rack a bit below. I put wire shelving to the ceiling and installed robe hooks in crucial places for hats, bags, etc. It was dreamy!
Then I added his wardrobe.
Everyday shirts hung on the top rack while long sleeved shirts and suits hung on the bottom rack. Jeans, khakis, sweaters and sweatshirts were all folded and added to the top shelves. Belts were on on a belt holder that hung on the top rack and shoes were in a shoe rack on the door. The final touch was a small step stool to reach things on the top shelf. Perfection!
We’ve lived here for three years and I have reorganized his closet at least six times. I’m not sure what he does in there. Maybe he has a Closet Gorilla that helps him pick out his clothes? So I finally set a trap for this fierce little critter and moved him back into the wild. The Gorilla, not my husband!
I trimmed out clothes he never wore and moved items he needs daily up front so he can find them easily. He still yanks his shirts off of the hangers, but I can live with that. And the step stool is now folded shut, only to be brought out when he needs it. Finally after three years his closet is back to perfection. I open the door and admire the work that goes into having a system and I am back to loving laundry day.
You have to have a system. A system means you spend more time doing the things you love and less time doing things twice. A system means finding what you love about something and making it work for you and not against you.
Good luck out there finding your bliss and ridding yourself of your own pesky Gorillas!!