Find Jack Banner OCT21

MOLD - A Four Letter Word

I'm trying something new this month. I've decided to fold clothes as soon as they finish drying, allowing me the opportunity to transfer the clothes that have just been washed into the dryer and eliminating the need for a second washing to remove the smell of mold.

I know, I know, it sounds like crazy talk, but after years of either double washing clothes or pretending the moldy smell is just the new fabric softener I'm using, I've decided to end the madness. Call it my way of conserving water and combating global warming.

In my younger days I had no problem making the switch from washer to dryer in a timely manner. But now that I think about it, maybe it wasn't so much an age thing as a volume thing. I feel like I'm doing laundry all the time! From sun up until well after sun down, I'm sorting, pre-treating, washing, drying, folding. And just when I think I've conquered the mountain of laundry and leave the room to put it away - poof!- another mound has begun to form. It's like I'm trapped in the bottomless pit of dirty clothes.

I try to claw my way to the top of the pit, but in walks a child (female, of course) wearing the third outfit of the day. My son should be changing his clothes just as often since he manages to get stains on an article of clothing he's had on for five seconds (I swear, I just blink my eyes and there's a large orange spot on the shirt of this kid who has nothing in his hand and hasn't moved an inch), but what would be the point?

So it's not surprising that there are days when I can't bear to walk into the laundry room one more time. I just want a little break. Just one afternoon of not having to transfer the wet, tangled jeans from the washer to the dryer. Just one evening of not having to fold and put away a mass of towels.

These breaks come at a cost, I'm afraid. There is a limit to the number of times I can pull a uniform skirt or pair of pants out of the sorter, spritz it with Fabreze and present it to a bleary-eyed child who's getting ready for school. And there's no amount of Fabreze that can cover up the tell-tale sign of a Mom who's slacking off on laundry duty by leaving clothes in the washer for a day or four because all the laundry baskets are overflowing with clothes that need to be folded.

So my resolution for the new school year is now in effectÖno longer will I allow a load of clothes to sit in the washing machine for days on end. I hereby resolve that I will remove the clothes from the dryer, place the clothes from the washer in the dryer and commence to dry the clothes before the mold begins to form. My children's clothing will be fresh as a daisy and spot-free (well, mostly spot-free) every day. But maybe I could take Sundays off since they are supposed to be a day of rest. And then Mondays are, well they are Mondays. Tuesdays are just not good laundry-drying days for me either, and Wednesdays never seem to have enough minutes in the dayÖ

I'd better stock up on Fabreze.

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