dirty laundry

Calm down and step away from the laundry

I don’t know what it is about laundry in my house. Dirty shirts, pants, skirts and socks keep piling up even though I wash them almost daily. I think they multiply while I sleep. That must be it. I have no other explanation for it. I can have everything washed and put away one day and the next thing I know I have a mountain of dirty underwear. I know what you’re thinking, and no…I didn’t have an explosive night. (grin)

There is something about having things left undone that sets me on edge. I don’t know why. I guess it’s how I’m wired. But you know, Multiple Sclerosis messed up my wiring long ago. It short circuited things and created chaos where there wasn’t any chaos.

I can’t control what my laundry does and I can’t seem to control my body either.  Nothing ever seems to go as I want it to. My body seems to have a mind all its own. I tell it to walk and it rolls around on the floor. I tell it to run and it sits down. I tell it to sleep and it throws a temper tantrum. It just doesn’t seem to listen to anything I say.

We are in a war, you and I. A war, not just against dirty socks and multiplying smelly towels. We are in a war against our bodies…if there is such a thing. There are so many things we used to be able to do that seem huge today and nearly impossible. Everything from laundry to running errands, from sorting mail to grocery shopping, from driving through traffic to walking through crowds, they all seem extra hard and bigger than life.

You know what I have learned in this messy life? I have learned that it’s okay to let the laundry pile up for a day, or two…or three. It’s okay to not clean out the car, to slow down when I’m in a hurry, to enjoy a moment of quiet with just myself. Each minute is a gift we are given. We get to choose how we use them.

Take more care in how you use your minutes. They are precious and shouldn’t be wasted with worries and frustrations. If that means your laundry piles up…then let it.

Today, use your minutes with care. Do something you love, something just for you, something that will give you a chance to breathe and simply enjoy the day. You are amazing and deserve some time just for you.

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About the Author
About the Author
Penelope Conway

Penelope Conway
Penelope started Positive Living with MS as a way to help others with MS stay positive in the midst of a terrible disease. She believes that staying positive and holding onto hope is the key to waking up each morning with the strength to get through the day. Multiple Sclerosis may never go away, but neither will her determination and her drive to help others through the journey.

11 replies
  1. Rodger Ashton-Smith
    Rodger Ashton-Smith says:

    I sometimes wonder where my clothes are. We have three people who do the washing and none of them fully communicate. I keep my head and wait for them to appear. Thankfully I have enough to carry on with so it’s not a great issue. The kids were good today (at mainly music) and they are accepting me in my ‘chair well. I can still play with them as long as I don,t run them over lol They have been good for me giving me encouragement by their growing up.

  2. Paulette Brown
    Paulette Brown says:

    Not sure which war to have today MS or laundry…guess it’ll be both-hamper is taking over the hall way.

  3. Fran
    Fran says:

    This is just what I needed to read today. Thank you for giving me permission to be. You are an amazing writer. I can’t tell you how many times you have helped me change my perspective from gloomy to optimistic.
    What a gift you are.

  4. Nancy Jones
    Nancy Jones says:

    You are amazing, too, Penelope! You always confirm what I have thought or done, which includes setting aside the chores if I’m not up to doing them! It’s interesting that I have had to “learn” how to use my minutes carefully, teaching myself to re-wire my brain to think differently about what IS important. Sometimes not so successful, but for the most part, able to stop being frustrated about that which is out of my control. Have a wonderful rest of your day and enjoy the time!

  5. Kate Aquilino
    Kate Aquilino says:

    I saw an article about decorating with laundry! Yours would look great spread all over the house.

    Thank you for your reflection. Life is lived in the moment. Life can change for good or bad in a moment. Seurat’s works appear as scenic paintings…until we look closer and see it’s all dots. All moments, if you will, that make up his paintings and our lives.

  6. Leah
    Leah says:

    Laundry…what a never-ending chore. I know exactly what you mean. This pile never seems to cease! Towels, bed linens, T-towels, T-shirts, hockey gear, underwear, socks…oh those run away socks. Wear does that other sock disappear to? I do laundry practically everyday, yet when I pass our hamper it seems to always be full. I give up! Now, if you’ll excuse me…I have another load to stick in the dryer.😖

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