My kids run in the door, covered in the sweat of another good solid summer day in Florida. Their blonde hair standing at attention as if they had stuck their hands in an electrical socket and little beads of moisture drip down their faces.
My kids run in the door, covered in the sweat of another good solid summer day in Florida. Their blonde hair standing at attention as if they had stuck their hands in an electrical socket and little beads of moisture drip down their faces. They peel off their socks as all little boys do and I halt their squeals of laughter by demanding they strip down right then and there.
“Throw your clothes right in the washer,” I say as I simultaneously throw their bathing suits at them. They do as I say, put on their bathing suits, and run back out the door to jump in the pool.
The routine is familiar. It brings us all comfort.
I watch them through the glass door splash and laugh as I throw a few more pieces of laundry in the wash and add some laundry soap to the dispenser. I open a glass canister that sits on the counter and add a scoop full of scent booster to the basin. Press start, and swipe a seltzer as I head out to watch them swim.
We head inside after a cannonball contest, pirate invasion, and general complaints of “he squirted me in the eye,” and again, the familiarity of an afternoon of predictability makes me smile. The kids towel off and take off their suits. I reach into a small glass canister and grab a few metal clothespins, pin up their suits and hang up their towels. Their wet feet make footprints on the bricks as they scramble upstairs to rinse off.
I pull the laundry from the washer and throw it in the dryer with a few wool dryer balls. The lemongrass essential oil I’ve dropped on them wafts out as I shut the door to the machine and press start. I close my eyes as I hear an eruption upstairs and head up to negotiate and parent the boys.
Later that night after dinner, the kids play quietly on the floor with their own tubs of toys. I walk back into the laundry room, open the dryer, and begin to fold the warm clothes. I tuck the wool dryer balls back in the glass canister as they appear during folding.
My grandma and my mom always seemed to be more on top of laundry than I have been over the years. It is a task that has always overwhelmed me. Right when I think I’ve caught up, I get comfortable and wait too long to keep it all moving. Simplifying my laundry space, the materials I use to launder, and sticking to routines that make it manageable has allowed me time to be present with my family and still manage my household.
10 Things you can place in your TRINITY glass canisters that can make your laundry room comfortable and highly useful:
- Wool dryer balls
- Scent booster
- Essential oils
- Spare pocket change
- Stain sticks
- Linen spray
- Lost socks
- Mesh washing bags
- Lint bin
DIY Scent Booster
Trinity glass container
1 ½ cup Epsom salt
½ cup baking soda
20-30 drops of essential oils
DIY Linen Spray
4 oz glass spray bottle
10-20 drops of essential oils
Splash of witch hazel
Fill the rest with distilled water
DIY Fabric Softener
Glass pour bottle
10-20 drops of essential oils (optional)
DIY Stain Stick
30 ml glass roller bottle
½ Thieves laundry soap
½ Thieves household cleaner
10 drops lemon essential oil
Add hydrogen peroxide (optional)