From dread to delight

Doing the laundry is something I have always dreaded ever since I turned a crisp white, work blouse light pink when a rogue, red rugby sock belonging to my boyfriend decided to show up. Come on, it’s happened to us all. Doing the laundry ate into my Saturday mornings and took away precious brunching hours with my friends.

It goes without saying that there are certainly better ways to spend one’s Saturday morning than monitoring the washing machine, and getting ready to add the next load. But through trial and error, lack of space and time, I have found some ways in which you can bring joy into your once dreaded chores.

My Top Tips

Time yourself!

I allow myself roughly 60-90 minutes to complete my weekly chores. Not only does this challenge myself, but it sets boundaries and allows me to prioritise what’s important to me, which, at the weekend, is usually spending time with my friends and family. Try playing your favourite podcast out loud as you work around the house, knowing that when it’s finished you’re done and it’s time to relax. I also find the act of listening to something keeps me present, focused and less likely to be distracted by my phone.

Begin practicing minimalism.

Less really is more. I wish I could grab my 21 year old self and scream this! The less you own, the more appreciation and value you have for what you do possess. Better still, the less you have, the less you have to clean which is a bonus.

Make your life easier.

The Brabantia stackable laundry boxes have transformed my laundry routine. The black, grey and green box allows me to easily split my white, colour and dark washes so when Saturday morning rolls around I know I have 3 wash loads and no cheeky rogue red socks.

“I have found some ways in which you can bring joy into your once dreaded chores”

  1. Laundry Bin 55 litre, Selector - Matt Steel
    Laundry Bin 55 litre, Selector - Matt Steel
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    Laundry Bin 55 litre, Selector - White
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    Laundry Bin Bag Replacement for Laundry Bin Selector 55 litre - Grey
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    Laundry Bin Bag Replacement for Laundry Bin 50-60 litre - Grey
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  6. Laundry Bin 60 litre - Matt Black
    Laundry Bin 60 litre - Matt Black
  7. Laundry Bin 60 litre - Brilliant Steel
    Laundry Bin 60 litre - Brilliant Steel

 

About the author

Issy

Mindful Clean

I am Issy, founder of Mindful Clean. The @mindfulclean community focuses on cleaning your home using eco-friendly products with sustainability in mind. The ‘art of cleaning and tidying’ should be seen as an opportunity to practice mindfulness, not a chore.

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