Sacred simplicity


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.

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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!

3 Comments on Sacred simplicity

  1. Ma. Teresa Grech Q. Racal
    May 8, 2013 at 9:04 am (11 years ago)

    The chore that I really love to hate is, IRONING the clothes. If I could really hire someone who could iron our clothes on a weekly basis, I would, but since I am on a budget, sayang naman if I pay pa, so no choice I do the ironing. But the chore I really love to do is FIXING AND CLEANING the house. As in. I love to fix things, my books, my clothes in the cabinet, my daughter’s things as well. And after that, sarap ng feeling. Hahaha! Every now and then I love fixing my books, which I hoarded last year. Hahaha!
    Ma. Teresa Grech Q. Racal´s last blog post ..My New Discovery: Mustela Cologne

    • Toni
      May 8, 2013 at 9:18 am (11 years ago)

      Grech: Can you come over and FIX AND CLEAN our closet? Hehehe.

  2. Rina Zamora
    May 9, 2013 at 11:38 pm (11 years ago)

    Oh my God we’re the same!!! I hate fixing the closet! In fact, if you check our closets now (mine specifically), i’m pretty sure you’ll be burried in an avalanche of clothes. I just don’t have time to organize it. My toddler’s nap time is not enough for me to finish fixing one cabinet. I’ve been without help for half a year now hence the messy closets. In fact, “fix my closet” is number one on the to-do list for our future maid that is hopefully arriving this weekend. (Crossing fingers)
    Rina Zamora´s last blog post ..Sky Ranch in Tagaytay!


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