Self-Discipline and Matching Socks

May 22, 2013

in the generous life

Over the last few months I’ve been more self-disciplined with the laundry.

I’ve never been really great at it (folding and putting away clothes … well, slow at best), but one day I realized how tough it was on my sweetie (and the rest of my family over the years) when I didn’t get clothes back in the closet and drawers in a timely way.

I sat down and diagrammed out my clothing system and then asked myself where the hang up was. No surprise that it was the “put away” part.

So I just made a rule for myself that when each load was done, I would hang things up, fold the rest and put everything away right then. I’ve done a pretty good job of it and it’s made our lives a bit smoother and there is less clutter in the bedroom and the laundry room (although I have a pretty impressive collection of lonely socks).

A little self-discipline can be a good thing. Is there some part of your life or household that is not working? Think it through and brainstorm some solutions to try. Your sweetie and family will thank you.

We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act, but a habit.  Aristotle

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Em May 22, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Me too.
I enjoy laundry… but with just the two of us, I was getting slack.
I had the every-morning-scoop down; bring all the dirty laundry to the laundry room and quickly sort it. But I would do most of the laundry one day a week, piling the basketsthe high, waiting to fold & put it away the next.
…You know how *life* works!

Well, I’ve found doing one load *all* the way through, once a day, breaks that “Oh, it’s too much work!” feeling. =)
So that’s my new flexible routine.

Hope your tips help others too!


The Generous Wife May 22, 2013 at 5:59 pm

@Em Yes, it can be a season of life thing. I do housework quite differently now that there are just two of us.


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