As I mentioned recently, Chaco can't iron. None of them can actually. I think Magnum might have some skillz in this area, having been in the army. I've never actually witnessed it, however. I guess ironing doesn't fall under "general upkeep" around here. Because 98.654% of their wardrobes consist of clothes that don't need ironing, the kids got waivers on that workshop.
Laundry, however, is certainly general upkeep. Years ago when I was a new mom, another mom gave me the advice to do laundry every day "no matter what". Laundry has a way of snowballing into huge piles of dirtiness if left unattended for too long. I think it's safe to say that, except during camping trips, I have done laundry every day for the past several years.
Good mentor that I am, I taught the kids to do laundry. It's not like we have to go down to the creek and beat our clothing against rocks and scrub them with our homemade soap of fat and ashes. Technically, the washing machine is the family member that does the laundry. What's the big deal?
And back to Chaco, he despises doing laundry. I don't know why, but he'd rather clean a bathroom than have anything to do with laundry. He'd rather clean the dog's bathroom than have anything to do with laundry. Wolfgang and Meego put it right up there with cleaning a bathroom, human or dog. Magnum thinks they should do it more often, but I let them pass on having to do anything with laundry. I figure we've gotten to a point where they could pass a laundry test, they don't need to do it on a regular basis.
But the truth is... I'd rather just do it myself. It's not that I love doing laundry, it's just that...
I don't like any of my male offspring - of which all of them are - handling my unmentionables for any reason.
|not my unmentionables|
I mean, I know we're family and all, but still.
And yes, we could have them just do their own laundry, but that would require each of us letting our personal laundry piles build up to a suitable load size. We didn't get that carbon footprint jar opener for nothin'. We'd have to say good-bye to having our laundry done every day. That would be difficult. It's not like I have unmentionables for every day of the week like some people do.
So I'm a proud washwoman.
What domestic chores to you "save" just for yourself? Why?