How to Avoid Laundry Piles

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I stood there staring.

In front of me, my dirty clothes were piling up on top of my hamper because there was no more room in it for any more clothes.

Sound familiar?

I hope not but if you landed on this page, chances are, you’re having the same problem I used to have.

I said used to.

Because, although I actually enjoy doing the laundry, I would often put it off because I wanted to do something else first and because what happens after the washing was daunting me: I didn’t want to hang it, iron it, fold it, etc. until I thought I had the time to. There is more to it than just the washing after all!

Anyway, I would always grab a fresh piece of clothing from my wardrobe until the pile in the bathroom was almost screaming for attention.

Then we had our first baby and about three or four months later, we moved house.

More storage space is not the solution.

When we moved house, my husband and I tried to figure out where we could install the huge wardrobe we had purchased second hand (for the purpose of storing all my stuff!). But our bedroom was just too small for it (it would’ve made it impossible to open the window beyond a few inches and it would’ve blocked part of the doorway). And I didn’t want that wardrobe anywhere else. I wanted our new home to have as little furniture as was possible.

Be a minimalist when it comes to clothes and linen.

Because I had been trying to downsize anyway, I decided that I only wanted my clothes to fit in a small set of drawers and that I just had to pick a handful of my favourites for the season. My husband was sceptical at first, but it’s worked out really well until now.

I now only have a handful of clothes (let’s be honest, we only ever wear the same stuff for a certain time anyway) and that works fine for me. My cupboard is not a mess anymore and my clothes don’t pile up (much) anymore either.

My husband doesn’t have many clothes either and does the same like I do and our baby follows suit.

When it comes to linen, I have only the essentials. I have three towels for drying hands in the bathroom. Three for drying hands in the kitchen and three towels for drying dishes in the kitchen. That’s it. I change them once or twice during the ten days interval between the washing and that’s okay (for me!).

We also have very few towels and wash cloths.

Wear the same things several times a week.

Because I only have about four or five favourite tops and a couple of sweaters I wear, I wear them several times during the week or ten days.

I’m European and over here, most people will wear their stuff at least twice before putting them to the wash. Many people will actually wear clothes more often than that if it passes the “smell test”. I usually wear mine at least 3 times (smell test usually fine :D). But it really depends on your activities, which leads me to the next point.

Change clothes during the day.

To make the most of my clothes, I have a sort of hierarchy for them.

  1. The ones that I don’t mind so much if they get stains or if they get smelly from the cooking.
  2. The ones that are dirtier than the others and have to be worn first.
  3. The ones that are still okay to wear a couple of times.
  4. The ones that are still clean.

The first I quickly change into before I start cooking or feeding the baby (ho hum). The second I would put on if I’m working out or going for a walk or some activity where I know I will probably sweat and “finish off” the top. The third I wear during normal activities and the fourth I save up for when I suddenly have to go somewhere or if we have an unannounced guest.

Changing tops is faster than a trip to the ladies’ room so, I honestly think it’s worth it, in order to avoid having too much laundry piling up too fast. After about a week or a little longer, I will usually wash all of them at once (they all fit into one load because there aren’t that many), and I’m good to go for the next week or ten days.

Have a laundry day.

I know this sounds ultra first half of the 20th century, but it’s honestly such a good idea. I don’t even wash every week, so I’ll usually have a laundry day or two about every ten days. I’ll do a load in the evening, leave it to dry over night (we don’t have a tumble dryer), do one early the next day and one later in the day (when the second load is almost dry) and that’s it.

Sure, I don’t have a pair of young boys running around getting dirty all day at the moment but until then, my system works fine for us and I hope that it will help some of you rethink how you plan your clothes wearing and laundry making.

Happy Wash Day!

Is This Keeping You from Growing Your Blogging Career?

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A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold. Proverbs 22:1

money, Money, MONEY!

sang Abba a long time ago and we’re still singing it in our heads each day as we wake up in the morning, getting ready to earn what will sustain our livelihood.

Yes, money is important, but sometimes – and I know I definitely fall into that category – we can get so fixated on our financial goals, that we miss the real values in life.

Blogging can be one of those instances.

Many people start a blog with the intention of journaling publicly or record their life online but, nowadays, it seems like most people who start blogging do so in order to make money with it. As much and as fast as they possibly can.

Where many bloggers struggle (I think) is that, either at the outset or somewhere along the road, the financial aspect of blogging becomes more important than their readers and the real value of the content that they share online.

Suddenly, it’s all about “How can I make the next blog post viral and get more subscribers?”

Perhaps you have that gift or that sudden inspiration and that post will go viral. But if your audience, and how you can really reach them and make a difference in their lives, is not your top priority, they will not care much about making a difference in yours either. Not only will they probably not subscribe, but their wallets will stay closed too.

Perhaps you are a fairly successful blogger because you have learned the ropes through professional courses or eBooks and a few years of experience. But if your heart is not passionate about your audience, the same way it is passionate about what you blog about, your audience will eventually feel it. I know I feel the difference between a blogger who cares (even if I know she’s out to make a living at the same time, and that’s okay) and one who’s in it only or mostly for business.

Your  heart attitude could be keeping you from even greater success.

I know the following quote is being posted across so many blogs, courses and eBooks at the moment, but it’s true:

People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou

And this is especially true with blogging.

You may have the best blogging titles, articles, tips, products – whatever.

If you do it primarily for the money and business aspect of it, your audience will feel it. They just will. And if they are feeling manipulated by your crafty writing art or your overly enticing offers, chances are, many will be put off who would otherwise be more than happy to subscribe and buy your products.

I know this is what’s keeping me from subscribing to or buying from certain bloggers though they are successful. I know that I’d rather buy an inferior product from a blogger whom I feel cares about me, than a superior product from one whom I feel does not.

Would you continue to blog if you did not earn a penny from it?

Is your message important enough to someone out there that you would be willing to pay for your domain and hosting (and all the other costs!) regularly but not make anything in return for it?

I’m the first to be challenged by these thoughts. Because, although there are various different reasons I decided to try that blogging thing again, I had two main goals: share what I learn and, yes, make money one day if I can.

Now, when you start off (like me!), blogging can be overwhelming and, without realising it, you start thinking about the technical aspect and the monetary side a lot more than you perhaps initially did, you lose focus and, before you know it, it’s suddenly all about how to get more subscribers and more money.

So, by all means, start or continue to blog. But each day, before you set your fingers to those keys, check your heart to see if it’s in the right place. See if you really care about your audience and whether you want that post to really help them.

Because remember,

Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21

So, perhaps this is interpreting the verse backwards but, if your treasure, your financial success and your career are with your audience, your heart will have to beat for that audience first.

Thanks for reading and have a blessed day,