MY LAUNDRY LIST OF WHY I HATE LAUNDRY
Over fifty years ago President John F. Kennedy presented a bold challenge before a joint session of Congress: Send a man to the moon by the end of the decade. While many derided this notion as either madness or merely a political ploy, some of the brightest minds of the nation focused their efforts, and in 1969 the dream was achieved. In the same spirit as JFK’s appeal a half century ago, I am issuing a challenge to the geniuses of today to find a solution to one of the plagues in our world today, dirty laundry. More specifically, my dirty laundry. And come to think of it, it’s not just the dirty part I need help with but also the folding and putting away. In this modern world of space shuttles and supercomputers small enough to fit in the palm of your hand why are we still dealing with this?!
Silly putty? The Frisbee? Labradoodles? All great ideas, to be sure. But c’mon inventors of today, show us your stuff! I don’t know how it is in your house, but in mine the laundry responsibility lands on my shoulders. Perhaps if the laundry was not my responsibility I would have more time to dedicate to finding a solution to the laundry crisis. Until then I’m considering adopting the philosophy of Jack Reacher. He’s the main character in a book series by author Lee Child. Jack Reacher travels light, and part of traveling light means not carrying extra clothing. His solution? He wears them for 3-5 days and then throws them out. No fuss, no muss. A quick stop at the local thrift store or farm supply and he’s back on the road. Disposable clothing, it’s something to consider.
To be fair, I’ve recently discovered a product that is a step in the right direction. Hanes incorporates color-coded toes in their socks. For example, size 8 is blue, size 9 is red, and size 10 is black (or something like that, but you get the picture). The result is socks that are easier to sort. Brilliant! This is the type of forward thinking we need! Admittedly, it’s not as brilliant as Jack Reacher’s solution, but it’s a step in the right direction. One small step for mankind.
This post is part of a he said/she said series with my wife, Jyl. You can read her thoughts on laundry over at Mom It Forward.