Is it just me, or do you notice more women than ever bemoaning their laundry mountain woes? I think I am perhaps queen of the mountain...range. My tendency to grossly neglect my laundry duties is the reason, I admit. Truly, I don't mind doing it, once I get started. But chipping away and following through on tasks is not my modus operandus. I like quicker gratification.
So I broke down this month and went to the laundromat. Why? Because my concerned spouse was about to have our next date night there. Panicked, I tried to beat him to it, and we are now minus 15 dollars in quarters. But we have gained much clean laundry, which works for us! Even my husband noticed it was possible to walk on the floor of the laundry room. Furthermore, in February, the month of ultimate romance, I could not bear the thought of paying to spend a rare evening with my husband doing work I have shirked.
Forcing myself to go the the laundromat also holds me accountable. I will have to spend our hard-earned money there again if I don't meet the next catch-up deadline I set. Deadlines are useful, as are clean clothes. My husband would rather have clean clothes and lose a roll of quarters if he has to choose. I would rather get my laundry act together and create a win-win scenario: keep the coins and get my laundry done at home in our beloved LG front-loading machine. This tactic of a hard deadline could inspire me to be more faithful in pursuing the double win.
Are you trying to scale your own "Mount Washmore?" Have you considered spending a relaxing afternoon (or two) at the laundromat? You might be able to chalk up some victories of your own and leave behind loads of guilt.