Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Laundry? Fun? My Laundry Game

I, like most other housewives, have a hard time with laundry.

I know, I know, I've got it easy. There's just the two of us, of course, so I'm rarely swimming in piles of laundry. It can take us three weeks to go through our whole wardrobe, and even then it may only be four loads.

Regardless of the infrequency, I really find it onerous to wash whites.

I love washing towels. I don't mind doing darks. But it's a chore to do the whites. Why?

Because I'm obsessive when it comes to matching socks, and despite my best efforts it seems there are always mismatched socks at the end of folding time. And it bothers me a lot. I disdain having to match a white sock with a gray one, or a long one with a short one, or a blue banded one with a red banded one. While it's fine in the human sphere, I don't believe in interracial sock marriages.

Last week it came to a head.

"I need to go fold those clothes. But maybe I should just play a game of Mahjong Titans first."

6 minutes later

"Hm. That was too easy, maybe I should play another to verify I'm a Mahjong champ."

10 minutes later

"Drat, I almost had it that time. I think I need to play again so my win percentage doesn't go down."

8 minutes later

"I should really fold that laundry. I'm wasting time... I could've done so many other things. Maybe I could just play one mo... NO!! Self, go fold that laundry!"

*grumble grumble*

Flash of inspiration.

"Why don't I play Mahjong with the socks?"

I whipped those whites in record time. And while I didn't win, I can't wait to play again.


caritas00 said...

A thought for your potential future: my friend has 5 kids. She doesn't DO socks, at all. They stay in a basket, and the first naughty kid gets assigned to sock matching. 

I prefer to buy only a couple kinds of socks, that way they're pretty much all the same.... but I still have no idea why the dryer eats them sometimes. 

Farmer's City Wife said...

I can't WAIT until I can delegate odious chores! hehehe

Yeah, most of my socks are the same kind but a certain husband brought a basketful of varied socks to the marriage ;).

Cassandra LeMieux said...

My sisters and I used to play Go Fish with the socks. It's like a big basked of unfolded socks was MADE for that game! Sometimes my mom would give us a nickel for each pair, too. You never saw kids mate socks so fast if the ice cream truck was on its way!!

Farmer's City Wife said...

Go Fish?? Amazing!

Hopehearthome said...

While I don't know the first thing about Mahjong, I say, "If it works - go for it!"  I love doing laundry. Yes, you heard me correctly - my adult children think I'm weird. My son loves me to visit and do their laundry. My daughter tells me I am anal retentive when it comes to laundry; however, when she visits she always goes home with perfectly folded underwear and matched socks.

Farmer's City Wife said...

Mahjong is a matching game :).

Yeah, I don't mind doing laundry, in general... it's just those whites that throw me for a loop :).

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