6 Life Lessons Learned from Doing My Laundry 69


Laundry, anyone? How much time a week do you spend doing laundry? How many loads? As I was doing my laundry the other day, some life lessons occurred to me. There is more to laundry than dirty socks.  

Laundry Lessons

Here is what I learned while folding a few loads:

1.  There are some things in life that we will have to do repeatedly.

I know that sounds trite, but as I think about my own life, there are some lessons that I feel I just don’t learn the first time. I have to be taught that lesson more than once (yep). Sometimes it feels like I live in the movie Groundhog’s Day. Just like that never-ending laundry pile, life teaches you lessons over and over…and over.

2.  There will be stains and holes, no matter how hard you try to avoid them.

No matter how hard we try to be “perfect” in this life, we aren’t. There will be mistakes, like the cherry Kool-Aid on that brand new white shirt, or the grass stain on the new jeans. The socks will get holes and life will bring you hurts. You will make a mistake, and someone will see. It’s all good. It’s part of doing laundry.

3.  At some point, you will lose a sock.

I remember in college I had an amazing roommate who had these cool plastic clips that she matched her socks up with before she washed them. She would pair them up. put on a plastic clip, and throw them in the washing machine.  

Wow.  

She still lost socks.

Laundry socks1

This is life. No matter how carefully we plan, no matter how cautious we are, we will lose things that are important to us. We cannot prevent it.  

I wish I could. Sometimes those socks were my favorite pair.

4.  No matter how many people are in the house, you will end up doing laundry alone.

I believe there are some things in this life that we have to do on our own. We have to figure them out, gain confidence in our own abilities, and see them through — on our own. This is difficult and beautiful at the same time. We often feel alone, and frustrated, “Why doesn’t anyone help me with the laundry?!?!” But, really, that’s sometimes how we learn.  

We realize we can do hard things. That, my friends, is satisfying.

I can do hard things.

5.  No matter how hard you try, some clothes will never fit.

 There are some paths in this life that are not meant for us. Someone may be really great at something and you may admire that, but it may not be the right path for you. Just like that dress. It may look fantastic on the hanger, but it just isn’t meant for you.

Choose the things that fit you. Choose what works and what makes you feel strong and beautiful. Whether in clothing or in life, we all have a unique path. You don’t need to dress like so-and-so to be beautiful. Her clothes may not fit you.

Choose to be you. Choose from the pile that fits.

6.  It’s easier if you take it one load at a time.

I hate it when I have five loads of laundry to do. Five loads. I know I can’t complain as I have a much smaller family than some, but when laundry piles up, life suddenly seems harder.  

When you procrastinate, things get harder. Take one load at a time. Do one today. Don’t put it off. If you finish that load, the next one won’t seem quite as daunting.

One load at a time.

laundry load

So, the next time you are doing laundry, think about it. What have you learned?

What life lessons have you learned from simple tasks?

 

(BTW, if you haven’t seen Groundhog’s Day, go ahead.  You may learn a few life lessons and have a few laughs!)

 

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69 thoughts on “6 Life Lessons Learned from Doing My Laundry

  • Reply
    Ana Lynn

    I had a post on my blog about laundry and how it never ends. But I didn’t look at it the way you do, and now that I’ve read your post, it actually makes perfect sense!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Laundry does never end, Ana. Thanks for stopping over. Off to check out your SEO post now!!

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    Karen

    I’m sure you could work in something about allowing others to do their own dirty laundry even if they don’t do it as well as you would. 🙂

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      LOL, Karen. I love it!! We should all be responsible for our own dirty laundry! It would make life a little easier, right? I should have you write a post! 🙂

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thanks Caroline. It depends on the day if I like laundry. The hardest part is folding and putting it away. Thanks for stopping over! Have a beautiful day!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      LOL Camille. I don’t think this all the time when I am doing laundry. Maybe that is why sometimes I have five loads… 🙂

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    AB

    I absolutely love this! You have such a beautiful way of saying the things I am feeling and thinking. This is exactly what I needed to see today. Thank you for all the effort you put into your blog!

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    Charlee Anne

    What great insight into laundry and life! We love watching Groundhog’s Day, and I completely relate with how you feel about making the same mistakes many times. I always hate losing socks, and the same goes for losing important relationships and certain periods of time that seem to slip away. At least I have a camera to remember those special moments. Thanks for the perspective, Elizabeth!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thanks Charlee. It literally just came to me as I was folding. I thought, What a great blog post! Your tomato and cucumber salad sounds perfect for summer. Off to visit!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thanks Chirleen. Excited to get to know you better!! Have a great day and thanks for stopping over!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thanks Kate. I just have to laugh whenever I think “Groundhog’s Day”! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day.

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    linda

    How very true! Thanks for putting together the list of keen observations, I don’t usually mind laundry too much except for the folding. Do not like the folding. Happy Friday! Linda

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Isn’t that funny? The folding always gets me too! Sometimes I leave them in the dryer for too long to avoid folding. But, then that leaves ironing. Please, let’s not talk about ironing!! LOL. Thanks for visiting today! Have a beautiful day!

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    Bernadyn @ B is For...

    I do one load at a time, too, so much easier. Such good life lessons here from doing laundry! Where do all those socks go and yes, I’m usually the only one doing laundry no matter how many people are around! Voted for you on Top Mommy Blogs and sharing on Twitter. 🙂

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thanks, Bernadyn!! I am so glad we connected today. I am off to check out your tutorial. I love picmonkey!

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    Becca @ The Earthlings Handbook

    Nice post! I’ve often felt that one of the most important things I’ve learned line-drying all my laundry is that it’s a great time to think and be “mindful” of the simple, good things in life, like owning plenty of clothes. Sometimes when I’m finished hanging all the laundry, I look at it all spread out on the clotheslines and imagine if we lost all our clothes except these, and count up what we’d have–it makes me feel blessed!

    About #4: One of my favorite ways to spend time with a friend without sliding behind on my responsibilities is to have her hang around and talk to me while I’m doing chores (and another day, I can do the same for her) and laundry is great for that! My friend Kristin lives in another state and hasn’t been to my house for 6 years (although we’ve gotten together in other places) but when I’m hanging laundry I still sometimes think about the great conversation she and I had while I was doing laundry last time she was here!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      What a beautiful story about your friend. I love it! I bet that does bring you fond memories!! I haven’t hung my laundry on a line, but I bet it does allow for some mindful time. I need a little more of that!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thanks, Shambray! We should have a laundry party! But, I fear we would just want to snack and talk! LOL.

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    Julie V.

    Thanks for the thoughts. I really like the fact that some clothes may look great on the hanger, but just don’t fit us or our life. I can think of things that don’t fit in my life right now even if they look great in my friends’ lives 🙂

    About laundry stains… I find that if I buy something, if I’m going to stain it, it will probably happen within the first 3 wears. As aggravating as it is to have a stain on something brand new, I have found that if I can just be careful for 3 wears, I probably won’t stain it after that. Is this just me, or is this a truth to new clothes?

    I think in life sometimes when we try something new, it’s definitely in the first 3 times that we have the most potential to quit or feel discouraged, or get feedback from someone that can stain our experience.
    For example, I was asked to be the chorister in church for the entire congregation. I felt that it was no big deal. I’m a singer and I know how to lead. Well I received some unexpected feedback from a few elderly members of the church. Hopefully I took the criticism well and have grown as a chorister because of it. Yet I could definitely see where I could have let this “stain” my experience leading the music.

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thank you, Julie, for your thoughtful response. I remember when I was asked to play the organ in my church (I play the piano but not the organ) and the first time the older chorister asked me if I wanted some lessons. I can laugh about it now, but I almost quit that day!! I stuck with it and never became a great organist, but at least I kept trying. I think it is important to see negative events as learning experiences. You just made that point so well. Thanks!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Yep. Lost socks, and many things in life that I didn’t want to lose. Thanks Hazel for stopping over. Have a beautiful weekend!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thanks, Michele! Ready to start another week of the linky? Off to see your chocolate chip banana cookies. Yum!! Thanks for stopping.

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    Karren Haller

    Elizabeth you sure do put a different “Spin” on laundry, I love it.
    I have some real life stories of when I helped my grandmother on Wash day. Guess I should share, thanks for the inspiration and for stopping by today!!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Love your pun, Karren!! It is a different spin!! I bet your stories of your grandmother are a treasure! Would love to hear about them!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thank you Susen. Number four is so true! I know, though, that the hard things in my life have made me stronger. I didn’t like to do it alone, but it sure taught me that I am strong. Thanks for stopping by! Off to see your post now!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      LOL. Sounds like you are multitasking! Hope you got it all done! Thanks, Melissa, for stopping by!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      I’ll bet you are up to your ears in laundry! I don’t have it quite so bad! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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    Megan Walker

    I lived for eight years without a washer and dryer of my own, including two years of marriage, so I think having them now is pure bliss. My laundry lesson is some of the good things in life are worth waiting for! : )

    Thanks for sharing with Hump Day Happenings!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      I guess I would have a different view of laundry if I didn’t have a washer/dryer. Thanks for the note: some good things are worth waiting for!!

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    Brittnei

    I love this post! It’s so true. I like how you compared laundry to life. I’ve never thought about it. And the movie Groundhog Day definitely is a good example of us needing to repeat some lessons sometimes! Thanks for sharing this great post with us at the Creative Style Linkup!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thanks Brittnei. I had fun thinking about this post as I was folding laundry. It amazed me at how many life lessons emerged. Another reader gave a great addition: You shouldn’t do anyone else’s dirty laundry! I liked that one! LOL. Thanks for stopping by and for hosting!

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    Christa

    Laundry as Groundhog Day? YES. It is my Groundhog Day. I want to live in a world where I toss old clothes and buy new ones. Or maybe wear recycled clothes…

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Christa, Laundry is exactly like groundhog’s day. LOL. Maybe I just need to pick one day a week and get it all done. I just can’t make myself do it.

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    Shirley Wood

    Every single statement is so true, especially doing laundry alone! My washer is already going this morning with the first load for today.Life is definitely easier ‘one load at a time’. Stopping by from Pintastic Pinteresting.

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thanks Shirley! Life is easier one load at a time. I need to remember that often! Thank you for stopping over and have a great day!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      LOL, Chelsea. Isn’t it! I have lost a few socks that I really liked in laundry and life! I will see you tonight!

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    MB

    This post is definitely a keeper. I especially like #4 — this struck me recently that, for instance, (and this is silly) that if I want to go to the beach, I don’t have to wait for one of my friends or my husband to go with me — I can gather the necessary items and put my kids in the car and go!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thank you! I love how you stated that. Sometimes I think, “I can’t go. I have to wait for my hubby.” But, sometimes I just go! I learned a lot of things from folding laundry that one day! At least that load went a little faster! Thanks for dropping over. Come again!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Rebecca, So glad you dropped by and enjoyed! I already love the “name” you used. Off to check out your site. Have a beautiful day!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thanks Farrah. At least it helped me get through these two loads without as much complaining. Thanks for stopping over. Have a great day!

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    Siobhan- BeFree Project

    Love these tips. My laundry is endless and I feel like right when I get control of it, it’s time to start all over again. Tip #1 is perfect. There are some things that will have to be done over and over, so just accept it.

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Yep. Have to be done, even when you don’t wanna! LOL. Thanks for stopping and have a great day!

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    Dina Farmer

    Fantastic way of seeing life. I think it’s so hard no matter what even with sound advice. You have to travel on your own journey and then understand what others were saying to you so long ago when you didn’t want to hear that advice in the first place. Thanks for such kind words of encouragement.

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Thanks, Dina. I just had to laugh as these ideas came to me, literally while I was doing laundry. It sure made those two loads go much quicker!! Thanks for stopping over!

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    Melissa @ The Coupon Chronicles

    Hi Elizabeth! I loved the Life Lessons from doing my Laundry and chose it as one of my favorites to feature from last week at the Pintastic Pinteresting Party. You can see your link featured at this week’s party at thecouponchronicles.com. Don’t forget to swing by, grab your button and link up again. Thank you!

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      balmtomysoul Post author

      Awesome! Just visited and linked up. Thank you for the sweet feature! Love meeting other great bloggers. 🙂