“She is not afraid of the snow for her household:
for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
She maketh herself coverings of tapestry;
her clothing is silk and purple.“
At last, I finally have my permanent laundry room! I’m more elated and extremely thankful than I can express! Our appliances have been in a temporary setting for a while. Having my washer and dryer in their new home has me feeling more at home myself. It’s not a big room with fancy machines, but it’s paid for, suits my needs, and gets the job done. I couldn’t be more grateful every time I start a load of laundry or smell the freshness of a warm towel coming from the dryer. As I focus on being more thankful for my home this year, my laundry room is wringing gratitude from my heart three to four days a week.
Okay, I know you may be thinking I’m crazy for being this excited over a laundry room. After all, it’s just a small, utility room. When we’re accustomed to having one, it’s easy to take it for granted. When we don’t have one (or the appliances aren’t working) that’s when we realize how inconvenient not having one is.
When I was first married, we had to do our laundry at a laundry mat. We saved our quarters and wash clothes about once a week. While we were glad for a place to wash our clothes, it felt inconvenient, timely and costly. I dreamed of owning a washer and dryer, while waiting in laundromats for a machine to come available. At the time, doing laundry was a dreaded task that I did out of necessity. It wasn’t enjoyable and I didn’t appreciate the blessing of the resources I did have access to.
Then, one day, we were able to get a washer and dryer and things changed. As crazy as it sounds, I began to love caring for our laundry. This could be because we were able to get the washer and dryer, but, now, I’m glad to wash the clothes and keep them done. Sure, I’m human and things don’t always go as planned. Sometimes, we get over obligated and have to catch things up. However, I think my change of attitude happened as a result of something beyond acquiring that convenience.
(Oh, wait. Excuse me a second. My dryer buzzer went off. Be right back…)
Okay, I’m back. Now, where were we? Oh yeah, the reason I enjoy doing our laundry is that I purposed to change my perspective and learned to:
- Appreciate having clothes to launder
- Include doing laundry in my schedule
- Create an enjoyable setting to do the laundry
- See laundry as part of life not an intrusion to it
- Do laundry promptly and prevent letting it pile up
- Share the responsibilities when needed
- Wash things by hand and hang to dry when the:
- clothes are delicate
- machines break down
- power goes out
Laundry is still laundry and caring for it is still work, but I don’t dread it anymore. I decorated my laundry room and decided to be thankful for the beautiful resource it is. Doing laundry is a must. It doesn’t have to be a chore. Have fun with it!
“Strength and honour are her clothing;
and she shall rejoice in time to come.”
Bring It Home
Do you appreciate your laundry room?
How can you make it a more pleasant work space?
Praying for you as we grow together,