What’s a chore you love to hate? If I could hire someone to organize our closet, I’d totally go for that. Putting freshly cleaned laundry back in the closet is a chore I don’t look forward to. The act of having to put them back into piles inside our closet brings out the best procrastinator in me. It’s not like I hate laundry. I just dislike our super messy closet.
However, there are times when turning chaos into calm is the way to go. Recently, I’ve been learning that fixing fresh laundry calms me down.
Maybe the mechanical coordination from laundry bag to closet cubicles and its repetitive movements puts me in robot mode, and later on, in zen mode. It’s as if nothing exists but me, the laundry, and the messy closet that begins to make sense when whites are with whites, shirts are with shirts, and there are no pressed jeans between fluffy towels, or mismatched socks stuffed in the underwear drawer.
Fixing laundry. It’s a chore I love to hate, but when I’m in the zone, I love it. The resistance is strong, but it’s actually one of the more peaceful activities I have at home. Husband and kid know not to bug me when I’m fixing the laundry otherwise a mountain of shirts and shorts will come a-tumbling when they open the closet door.
There’s a sacred simplicity in fixing the laundry. It’s through putting clean sheets back in the closet that I’m encouraged (ok, semi-forced) to fix the messy closet. Who doesn’t feel good when more floor space appears and when you discover the cute black shirt you thought had gotten lost in laundromat oblivion? (Voila, I found my missing top squashed under two bags of laundry).
It’s a weekly fight. Our closet gets messed up on a weekly basis, with Sunday night as the last, last night for me to get into the fix-it zone, otherwise we’d have to deal with an even messier closet for the new week. Then again, once I’m in the zen zone, I feel more peaceful, calm and sometimes, even ready to attack the messy bathroom (but that’s another story).
What chore do you love to hate? What chore do you actually enjoy? Do any of your household chores bring you a certain kind of calm? Share your stories!