Have Chair and Ottoman, Will Fold Laundry

Posted By on June 6, 2011

Stack of CleanTowelsDuring a visit to see my nephews in Louisville, my sister-in-law Katharine was folding laundry. Like most moms, laundry is a perpetual chore.

Now folding laundry isn’t usually earth-shattering, but Katharine mentioned how she likes to fold laundry while sitting in a chair and can place the folded clothes on the ottoman in front of her. To make sure she can fold clothes anywhere in the house, she has a chair and ottoman in the living room and downstairs in the basement.

It was a good reminder about the importance of having established routines. Routines are something we organizers talk about with our clients.

To create a routine, you have to create a habit. It’s like going to the gym. If you keep the habit of spending a certain number of days at the gym, it eventually becomes routine. You can tell when a habit has become a routine when you do it without thinking.

So how do you start a new habit?

First, set small goals. You don’t want to set yourself up for failure. Let’s use the gym example again. If you want to go to the gym on a regular basis, you may need to begin with three or four days a week and work your way up to more days. Setting a goal of working out six days a week from the get-go is unrealistic and more than likely, not going to happen.

One routine I want to develop is bringing my lunch to work. So my first goal is to bring my lunch at least two days a week. Then I can work up to additional days.

Second, you have to prepare. It’s hard to reach a goal without laying the groundwork. Going back to the gym example, pack your gym back the night before, lay out your workout clothes, and fill up your water bottle. I know for me to bring my lunch to work, I will have to pack it the night before as I am not a morning person.

Finally, track your progress and celebrate your victories. Keep setting and reaching your small goals, and before long, you will have a routine. The chair and ottoman are optional.



3 Responses to “Have Chair and Ottoman, Will Fold Laundry”

  1. janice says:

    It’s so good that they haven’t cancelled GH like they did the other soaps on ABC.

  2. Ellen Delap says:

    It is important to have baby steps and systems for getting these routines into gear. Thanks for reminding us that having the spot to fold laundry is just as important as setting the time to do laundry. For me it is the big bed in our room, and knock it out fast, fast, fast to get laundry done!
    Reward yourself with a great treat you take in your lunch. It can be an expensive fruit, like raspberries, that do the trick, or a 100 junk item. Most of all it takes planning!

  3. Kenna Ray says:

    I love the chair and ottoman routine. I don’t allow myself to watch General Hospital (my dirty little addiction) unless I’m folding laundry. I swear that laundry would never get done if it weren’t for GH.