Welcome back to Confessions of a #GoodEnoughMom Tuesdays! This week we’re talking dirty laundry.
When I first started out as a mother, I rocked laundry. I had a basket designated for each baby — all two of them. I kept my Shout spray nearby. I made sure socks and outfits were together. I did laundry every week and didn’t stop until everything was folded, pajama sets were together and put away.
Then, came baby three. Then, came baby four.
Dirty laundry piles began to grow faster than the line of a free buffet at the Ponderosa. Socks started flying solo and pajamas never matched. I’d forget that I put a load in the washing machine four days prior, and our towels would have a lovely musty smell for when we got out of the shower. Clothes rarely got folded and most mornings were spent digging through baskets of clothes for clean underwear. Laundry was no longer part of a routine, but a desperate attempt to survive a natural disaster.
As the mounds grew, so did my guilt, because I was failing at my job as a mom, as a keeper of our home. There was just too much and I couldn’t keep up the pace. I finally had to let go of my perfect. I allowed myself room to live, to breathe, and to not get it done right. And you want to know what happened when I did? Nothing. The mounds were still there growing. The socks still flew solo and I still dug around for clean underwear, but you want to know what happened to me? I was set free!
Now, I no longer look at laundry as a chore that must be conquered. I look at it as a necessary piece on our journey in life. I’m learning to enjoy the journey, and accept the imperfect parts of it.
It won’t be long and all my little people will be doing their own, and I won’t know what to do with all my free time.
Do you watch The Big Bang Theory? We do, and this clip of Penny and Sheldon doing their laundry is funny and a perfect example of how I do my laundry now. See if you can guess who I am.
I’m a Penny! What about you, when it comes to laundry are you a Penny or a Sheldon?
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Now it’s your turn to share your laundry tips, secrets or woes, but whatever you do, just remember to leave your perfect at the door! You have until next Monday to link-up your stories below or if you’re not a blogger, share in the comments or on social media with the #GoodEnoughMom hashtag.
I don’t want to make any hard set rules, but there are a few things I’d like to encourage those who participate to do:
1. Add a Confessions of a Good Enough Mom Tuesdays badge to your post.
2. Let’s not just expect to receive love. Let’s dish it out!! Take some time to read other blogs linked here, leave meaningful encouragement, and share some of their posts on social media with the #GoodEnoughMom hashtag.
3. We’re all on an imperfect journey, so let’s be real, honest and raw with our posts. Leave your perfect at the door.
4. Be yourself and let’s have fun!
The prompt for next week, July 22, is
share encouragement or advice to mothers in the phase before yours (Mom of teens, encourage a mom of pre-teens, etc).
So, I’ll be sharing some love to moms of toddlers.
Also, if you have any prompt suggestions, just leave them in the comments below. I’ll see you here next Tuesday, and remember to leave your perfect at the door!
Here’s a pinnable image for next week’s link-up and a badge to add to your post.