Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The 'mat

There once was a girl... and that girl got married... the girl worked hard... the girl had kids... then one day, the laundry piled up, and the girl became stressed.

Welcome to "Talk Laundry To Me..." I never thought that one of my biggest sources of stress would become one of my biggest blessings...yep, I'm talking about laundry... the time-consuming, never-ending, pile of smelly, dirty clothes that overtook my free time. It didn't occur to me how stressful the laundry was, until I realized I was a slave to it. It seemed to multiply on a daily basis... no matter how much I washed and dryed, it never seemed to get folded, much less, put away. It was a constant reminder of how busy my life had become. And, the girl was not happy.

Backtrack a few years... happily married, proud parent of two, and overly busy with work, but making money out the wazoo... that was us. Sure, my husband and I made a comfy six-figure income, and we had every modern convenience known to man... except a full-time maid to do the laundry. Then, one day, the stress became too much, and something had to give. At about that time, we lost a business, and during the start of the recession in 2006, we struggled to stay afloat financially. Time went by as we quietly pondered our purpose in this life. Long story short... our washing machine broke. It was a goner. What would we do? No money in the account to buy a new washing machine, we stuffed three commercial-grade garbage bags full of laundry, and headed to the 'mat. That night changed my life and my marriage forever.

I invite you to subscribe to this blog...come on a journey with me... watch yourself go in a dirty, wrinkled, and stinky mess, and come out clean on the other side. Watch your marriage or your relationship grow exponentially, as you take my laundr-o-mat challenge in the weeks to come...


  1. Well, this should be fun! Everyone knows, laundry blows!! Looking forward to reading up on your weekly adventures :)

  2. Thanks for doing this. I have a computer at home that crashed, I owe the DMV for 15 days for each vehicle that was uninsured for those 15 days while deciding to leave progressive and sign on with Geico. Let's face it, I am challenged with something everyday, that is why I stay stressed!

  3. After our marriage, our washing machine broke, also. yes, it was taking on one more person's set of dirty laundry but hey, I found myself washing clothes in the bath tub with a broom stick. It was like "Ma" on Little House"..Rob would go out and get the fire wood and start a fire, we would ring the clothes and I strategically placed them in front of the fire to dry. We finally bought a new machine but then the water heater blew. Sometimes, living at the beach can be an absorbent amount of costs with benefits, of course. Now we have a water heater and washing machine and I thank God for it. I really learned to appreciate a machine after hand washing. You, see we had too many clothes to go to the 'Mat and we couldn't afford to go all the time. It just wasn't in the budget. Today, we are still under a budget but proud of our "new" appliances. Just the other day, I caught myself with a rag shining up the washing machine, silly? I learned to adore it!