Westie under a pile of clothes

Photo by Randy Robertson, used with permission

One of the questions one of the prompts2015 contributors asked was: “If you could eliminate one thing from your To Do list without actually having to do it, what would it be? How would the task get accomplished?” That’s an easy one for me: Laundry.

Here’s my issue with laundry—you can’t ever get ahead. Even if you do it stark naked so that you can wash every item of clothing you own, you’re just breaking even.

When I lived in St. Louis, I went to a “Duds ‘n’ Suds,” a Laundromat that was also a bar. This is a great idea except that by the time your clothes are dry, you’ve lost any urge to fold, which means your clothes get shoved into the hamper and then you go home and pass out and wear them wrinkled.

Nowadays, I have my own washer and dryer, but I still hate folding. And putting away. Honestly, it’s easy enough to shove the clothes and linens in the washer and dryer, but then you have to deal with them.

As to how the task would get accomplished if I didn’t do it…well, once in a very long while my husband does the laundry. But if I had a lot of money, I’ve always wanted to have one of those services that washes and irons your linens. I adore the feeling of ironed sheets, but I am certainly not going to do that myself! Heck, I don’t even fold my fitted sheets. No matter how many videos I watch showing how to do it, they always end up like a ball. And they’re going to be stretched out on the bed anyway, right? RIGHT?

So, yeah, if I could afford it, I’d have someone else do my laundry. Preferably someone who came to the house so they could put everything away once it was clean and folded.

And just in case you didn’t realize that you could fold fitted sheets flat, I leave you with this video explaining how it’s done (in theory).