When I was 12 or 13, my mom ruined my favorite black skirt when it accidentally was washed and bleached with whites. Since that dreadful moment, I have done my own laundry. I never minded as it was my way of ensuring my clothes were cared for in the way I wanted.
Since getting married and having kids, laundry has become an untamed monster. I have struggled with trying to find a way to not have mountains of clothes waiting for me and no clean clothes. I’ve tried doing a load a day. That usually results in me leaving wet clothes in washer machine because I forgot to put them in the dryer. I’ve tried having a designated laundry. By the time that day rolls around, the pile is sky high and everyone is complaining they have no socks!
This week, I was facing a large quantity of dirt clothes – three over flowing laundry bins, a huge pile on the floor AND three beds worth of linens. I looked at the pile and wondered half joking what would happen if I just threw it away. Would anyone notice? Probably! Okay, maybe I could start with my clothes first? What about if I threw out 1/2 of my clothes?
Throwing them out seemed extreme. In my quest to be a minimalist, I was introduced to the 333 Project and I have been following her on instragam. Knowing the amount of clothing I have, 33 items would be very hard! Baby steps. Seeing how I am doing the 21 days of decluttering 21 boxes, I thought, “How about if I start with putting away on one box of clothes for a month?”
Excited about possibly slaying the laundry monster, I stayed up late and woke up early to wash all my clothes. Then I put everything that didn’t scream “Clothes for fall” in a box. I added anything else I just didn’t feel like wearing over the next month. Because I wasn’t getting rid of the items, it was easy to fill the box.
Of course when I went to get dressed this morning, the one shirt I planned to wear wasn’t hanging up. I guess it is tucked away in the box which is now on a high shelf difficult to reach. I thought about getting the box down. Instead I just wore something else! I am curious to see if this makes a difference in my laundry chore. I’ll give it a week and report back!
So, those who are also doing the decluttering challenge: Does my box of clothes count? It’s still in my house but the hope is I won’t miss the clothes and donate them.