I am not a good laundress.
Oh, I can get stains out like crazycakes. If you have a stain, I will get it out. That shelf of vintage Heloise books isn't just for show, dudes. And it's a good thing that I'm a magician with stains, because by the time I actually deal with a spot, it's most certainly passed into permanence.
I cannot blame the fact that the washer and dryer are downstairs, because I was a confirmed laundry avoider when I had a washer and dryer right next to my bedroom. I have always been like this. Not doing laundry is something of a family tradition.
Dug is not an inspiration. He does his own laundry while in theory I wash for the rest of the household. But in practice, he Not Does his own laundry while I Not Do the rest. I suspect there are Miami Vice suits and Magnum PI shorts at the bottom of his hamper; that's about how long it's been since he has had all his laundry done at once.
First the laundry builds to a point where I realize every basket in the house (mine, the kids, a small one in the kitchen for towels and rags) is nearing capacity. Then the baskets begin to overflow. Then the kids run out of socks and I run out of bras and someone wets the bed and we have no clean sheets and then I cry because of my incompetence. Then I obviously cannot do anything about it because I'm incompetent, so I just wash the pee sheets and a load of socks and underwear and nothing else. The cycle doesn't so much continue as it grinds to a slow, soft halt.
Obviously, this is not sustainable.
Therefore I have instituted the One Load Of Laundry policy, or OLOL. OLOL works like this: every day, one load of laundry gets washed, folded, and put away.
But wait, there's more! If you have to skip a day, you just...do one load the next day. Don't try to play catch up. Don't worry if you skip two days. Just one load is all you need demand of yourself, and if yourself is not up to the task today, then sweat it not, for tomorrow is a brand new day.
People, I am here to report that since the adoption of OLOL, I have gotten myself to within about two loads of Total Laundry Excellence. Not counting the small pile of special-needs laundry on the shelf by the washer, which really I might as well just throw away because if I haven't attended to those needs by now, those clothes have no real use in our lives.
Total Laundry Excellence, people. It is within your reach. Behold, the power of OLOL.