Thursday, February 26, 2009

I Have a Few Things To Say About Clothes

Last night I was working my way through my Google Reader when a post by Erin made me stop in my tracks. It was a post about large families dealing with laundry.

I don't have a large family, but I do have laundry.

The links she provided offered me many wonderful minutes of entertainment. Oh, the pictures and organization! I'll save you time and give you a direct link here. But do go to Erin's link and see how she and her husband solved their problem. It's just so cool!

I started dreaming immediately of moving the girls into one room again so I could have all their clothes in one place. Wouldn't that save time? I think a family closet right near the laundry room is a great idea for any family--but difficult to do in some cases. Well, it got me thinking.

So I'm not going to get rid of all our dressers and put in shelves with baskets because we have matching furniture! And the girls have nice dressers--but surely other things could be stored in them besides clothing. Because you don't want to see the inside of my kids' dresser drawers. I honestly don't know why I bother to fold them. And re-organize them every month.

So I was lying in bed thinking about all this when husband got up this morning. In the early morning hours when everyone is still asleep and the house is very quiet, there is probably no louder noise than these dadgum drawer pulls.

I hate them.

Our bedroom suite is the first furniture we ever purchased. We bought it when we had been married about 3 years and I thought we were so uptown because we had a bedroom suite (while the rest of our house was decorated in "early marriage." You know...hand-me-downs from everyone we know. NOT complaining! It was great!) I figured we would have this same furniture for the rest of our marriage, just like my parents still have theirs.

The headboard already bit the dust. It had one of these shell/fans/peacock things on it just like the dressers.

When I smushed husband over to his side of the bed too much he would say, "Are you on your side of the shell?" He's so funny.

But we moved it around too much post Tropical Storm Allison when our house flooded and it never did reattach to the bed. We leaned it against the wall for a few more years and the last time we moved it, it just about snapped in two.

So we are left with 2 matching dressers. With REALLY LOUD drawer pulls.

I guess I could replace them. Hmm.

It's just one more reason to think about these family closets. I don't know if I'll do anything about it, but a girl can dream can't she?

And this is obviously a topic that weighs on my mind because I have written no fewer than 22 posts about clothes since I started this blog.

How are you doing with your laundry?


  1. Girl - those dressers are just beggin' for some loving! Are you interested in painting them?

  2. Well, I'm interested in them being painted....but not in painting them. How about that?

    Plus I think husband is very against painting wood. But drawer pulls would really help, huh?

  3. Funny post, Brenda.

    We keep everyone in clean clothes but no matter what system I try, we always end up drowning in laudry at some point. I always chalked it up to our family size, but maybe that's just the nature of laundry?

  4. Laundry reproduces when you turn your back. I don't know how, it just does. And it throws itself back into the dirty hamper when it's clean because my kids NEVER do that. At least that's what they say.

    I think that idea is cool! Love the extra living space gained in the bedrooms. And if they were in charge of their own?? AWESOME!

    And drawer pulls aren't that costly. Get some new ones so you don't wake the kids! :0)

  5. With five daughters ages 7 and under including a 6 week old...I HATE LAUNDRY. And folding...what's the point. Someone just shoot me now. Wait, I have to go get the clothes out of the dryer, that's five loads I need to fold. Okay, shoot me now.

  6. If you were to get up early in the morning when the house is quiet, you could do laundry. The drawer pulls...Oh you would be up, problems solved. Just thinking of you, with all the love in my heart.


  7. Joanna, really..check out those links! There were some great ideas on there! One thing I'm going to do is get mesh bags for the girls and that's where their dirty socks will go. Then zip the bag up when it's full, wash, dry, and dump the clean socks directly into their sock basket in their room. They can match them up when they need a pair.

    Oh it will be heavenly.

    And S--aren't you cute? The drawer pulls are GOING!!!!!! :)


I don't get to talk to a lot of actual grown-ups during the day, so your comments make me really happy! :)