Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Piles of washing



The thing about being sick is that you only get through the basics. Dressing kids/self. Feeding kids/husband/self. Washing kids/self. Anything above that can be considered unessential and left for another day.

I finally started feeling better yesterday. I celebrated by going to work, sitting in meetings all day, racing home to have the busiest three hours of my week, followed up by a game of indoor soccer (we lost 6 to 1, thanks for asking!) and a date with the piles of washing (see photos above).

I kid you not. An entire week of washing folded in one night. 

Luckily I come from excellent genetic stock in pile creation. The women in my family can stack a dish rack like no-one else you have ever seen. The Geege has made many quips about this over the years as I have managed to delicately balance 10 pots on top of each other without any of them falling. It is a gift I tell you.

This stacking skill fortunately extends to piles of washing too. Getting an 80cm high pile of clothes to sit is quite a useful skill for any disorganised home maker. No. Really. 

I also do a mean pile of paper. But I am less happy about that gift from my parents. Much harder to deal with.

So after I have conquered Mt Washmore (as Cate calls it), I will be taking a short break while I visit my parents and Sister A in Fibrotown. I shall be back on Friday night with my first Weekend Rewind (my other 'first one' being cancelled due to illness!). I look forward to seeing you all then.

Do tell me. Have you needed to train yourself in the fine art of washing stacking? or you a do it as you go kind of person?

20 comments:

therhythmmethod said...

I really enjoyed this post! I actually rarely read your blog on the reader, I just type in 'piles of washing' in the address line and up you pop.
So it's nice to actually see your piles of washing. And what neat, towering stacks they are!
Enjoy your break. See you on Friday. x

Jen said...

I have much practice in this! But the dish stacking on top of each other on the draining rack after the washing up is more my preferred way to make piles. I hate drying up as I go and will let it "drain" until morning. Happy break!

Diminishing Lucy said...

Have a good time in Fibrotown!

Our laundry external to the main house - so all clean laundry gets piled but sorted in baskets (there are ironing piles and "put-away" piles.) Out of sight, out of mind...

Some weeks the piles are perilous and their dizzying heights get resolved on a Monday for an entire week. Scary.

Or some weeks I am a pert donestic goddess who manages to iron and put away daily.

Either way, the damn washing machine still requires two loads a day, and which ever way I chose to deal with the output, IT IS NEVER FINISHED...

Olusola said...

That's an impressive pile. I'm more of a from basket to hangar girl myself

A Farmer's Wife said...

I agree with Lucy. The washing never stops. I try and fold once a day if I can but often it goes longer. It makes me laugh though because I look at it all day and then when I finally do it, it doesn't take long and I feel much more organised....

Really hope you keep getting better.

Photographer Mum said...

I pile my washing in towers too, usually all in one go while I am watching TV or the like. Most of the time it sits in baskets or in front of the heater on the clothes rack drying. It so beats using the dryer, and its easily accessible for dressing the kids the following day. But, as always, it's never ending...
Glad you are feeling better.

Megan Blandford said...

Enjoy your break!

Salamander said...

I've come to think of my washing basket as the magic pudding...

In this wet, cold weather, I have two clothes horses standing in full time duty. They take up half of our total living space. Better than wearing wet clothes, I guess.

I am the queen of clothes stacking. Queen, I tells ya. No pile is too high. My hubby makes hundreds of tiny piles, and it drives me insane. (He also thinks that taking over the washing for one day while I am sick makes up for not doing any for five years...)

Enjoy your mini-break with the fam. Looking forward to your maiden Rewind!! xxxx

Miss Pink said...

I am firmly in the do-it-as-you-go camp. I fold as i take the clothes off the line so that when I get inside it's just a matter of putting them away. I wash dishes after breakfast, after lunch, as i'm cooking dinner and after we have eaten dinner.

Enjoy your mini holiday!!!

Naturally Carol said...

Bringing up five kids I have created whole city blocks with skyscrapers made out of piles of washing..I'm a fellow expert in the art of stacking!

Jodie Ansted said...

I am impressed!

I have washing on right now. It takes over our study (which adjoins the laundry) if I don't get to it...which is my prob at the mo also due to illness. But today, I've been getting in to folding and putting away. Phew. Feels better!

Enjoy your catch up. xxx

River said...

I'm not much of a stacker. I fold, stack and put away. I can't stand having piles of stuff everywhere. Dishes? Wash, stack both side of the sink so things don't topple, then dry and put away.

Tara @ Mum-ments said...

Oh I can stack a mean pile of clothes and dishes!
The clothes can get knocked down by master J just as quick lol
but it certainly takes a fine art ;)

enjoy your holiday in Fibrotown hun
and try not to stack any washing while you're there ;)

xxx

Lisa said...

Have a great time! I don't mind piles of folding, its the piles or ironing they turn into I really hate!

Mama of 2 boys said...

You are amazing! I envy your 80cm high washing pile. I seem to have a never ending flow of washing and folding to get on top of.
However, I have to be very clever with how I stack the piles, as mine always seem to topple. If I lean them against one another, the piles can go a little higher. But mostly, I have 2 piles running per person at any one time. Cute post xo

Quill and Ink Handmade said...

Like most of the commentors, I put washing on every day during the week, and multiple loads over the weekend. Which, now that I'm writing it, seems totally ridiculous for a family of four.

I actually like doing the wash though; there's something lovely (even if it is in my own head) about hanging out rows and rows of wonderfully clean clothes, all sweet-smelling in the sunlight (and I like it so much that no one else is allowed to hang out the wet clothes...).

Have a lovely holiday :)

x

Maxabella said...

It is a gift that just keeps on giving. Last night I managed to stack 11 towels on top of each other - without back support. It's Dad's engineering skills reborn, I tell you!

Hope you're enjoying yourself back home. I didn't realise you had Robyn with you and were living it up at Sonny's!! x

sascedar said...

See, some would say this is lazy behaviour, but I believe it takes amazing effort and skill to build and maintain piles such as these. I can make piles out of anything also- washing, dishes, unpaid bills. yet, it is only when i pull my finger out and actually put said piles away that I can't find a damn thing!

Michelle Twin Mum said...

Those most certainly are impressive piles! Gald to hear you are well again.

I had not clicked that you were Alison and maxabella's sister! doh

Mich x

Kymmie said...

One should never underestimate the importance of stacking. Whether it be dishes or clothes, it is vitally important.

Because, really. Do we want to fold/wash those things more than once?

Love this post. xx

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