Wednesday, 7 May 2014

The 7 days of laundry


My youngest daughter continues to be a source of wonder to me. This is a photo of her bed.


Another view

 Tis fairly grim, is it not? So how can a child that messy be so clean in other ways? I do her laundry, I'm ace at laundry, it is really one of my best skills. And in 1 week, and I repeat for clarity, 1 week,  my child has worn (and I did count and then write it down so I didn't forget)

 11 pairs of pants, 9 pairs of tights, 8 pairs of leggings, 7 pairs of jeans, 7 bras (and you know how sorry I am that it wasn't 6 as I know some of you are singing along to the 12 days of Christmas)7 t shirts, 6 pairs of socks, 4 shirts, 2 dresses....

 and one skirt. 
My argument in days of yore was always that clothes should be hung up or put away like regular humans but as I am afeared of the BBD and even more afeared of the BBD during AS levels, I am just washing whatever is put in the basket, I am fairly certain that most weeks I am re washing clean clothes but as conversations with BBD scare the bejaysus out of me, I am letting dirty laundry get clean. If we have a brief 2 minute exchange of words and there is no eye rolling (her), deep or sharp intakes of breaths (me), slamming of doors (her), tears (either of us) I just count my blessings and go on my merry way. If she passes her a levels and goes to uni, we can tidy up and redecorate

9 comments:

Trish Burgess said...

Oh lord, that really is a scary sight. I have to say my son, a year ahead of your daughter, is a lazy bugger in most ways but does seem to keep his room vaguely tidy. Maybe because he hasn't got as many clothes as girls tend to have, there isn't enough clobber to make a mess?
Good luck with the exams - am with you every step of the way x

Jay said...

For one moment I thought you'd photographed my younger son's room - until I spotted the pink bra, obviously!
I find neatly folded and ironed laundry in the heap of dirty clothes on his floor, I now just shut the door and wait for him to realise he's run out of sports kit!
Good luck with exams - we counting down to A levels too.

auntiegwen said...

Trish - I am convinced people wouldn't believe how bad it was unless they could see it for themselves! Good luck to Rory too x

Jay - so nice to feel that I'm not alone and good luck for the A levels too

Andy said...

Napalm

auntiegwen said...

Andrew - quite , but it would take the rest of the house with it and I am fond of my home

blueskyscotland said...

Children normally don't realise how much work is involved so they don't really appreciate the effort. It's not that they are thoughtless most times- just unaware. I bet if she washed all her own clothes for a month then ironed them herself as well she would soon go through less gear and develop a better system while still looking good to her friends.
(A helpful suggestion from an anonymous source)Name and address withheld in case of teenage reprisals :o) Bob. BSS.

Nota Bene said...

Wow, that Tracey Emin installation is worth a fortune!

I too could never understand how The Boy got through 18 pairs of pants in a week...!

Mac n' Janet said...

My daughter and I fought so many times over her room it made me sick. So we compromised, she kept her door shut so I couldn't see it and would put her dirty clothes in the hamper. This worked and at 16 she was off to college and we stayed on speaking terms.

Gigi said...

Minus the girl bits - it kind looks like my son's room when he's home!