Life is often such a whirlwind that it can be a challenge to slow down and give laundry the attention it deserves. And when we're unable to be attentive to each stage of the process, we're more likely to suffer from laundry chaos. The FlyLady compares laundry to a neglected child that turns up everywhere: “You can catch it hanging out in unsavory places: mildewed in hampers; stinky and soured in washers for days; cold and wrinkled in dryers; wadded up in baskets stashed beside beds; or folded nice and neat and left abandoned in the laundry room.”
Writer Kathleen Norris has learned over the years to love doing laundry. She writes: “Hanging up wet clothes gives me time alone under the sky to think … and gathering the clean clothes in, smelling the sunlight on them, is victory.”
Doing the laundry doesn't have to be burdensome, though. Nor does it need to consume the entire day. There are things that you can do to make this task feel more pleasant. First of all, think about the space where you do laundry. If you are lucky enough to have your own washer and dryer, there are ways that you can arrange the space to increase your efficiency. The next section outlines a few important ideas related to your laundry area.