Less laundry equals more playtime, for Mom that is. I’m standing in the living room staring at a mile high pile of laundry,( just a weeks worth) and I am trying to imagine what it is going to look like living with out a washer and dryer on our boat with TWO small children. I went upstairs to the main offender’s room, and I grabbed Bianca’s 30 pound hamper that was over flowing with 3 days of “dirty clothes” in it, and headed to the laundry room. I noticed a few things, first that little turkey hadn’t even worn a good portion of them for more than 15 seconds while choosing what the fashion statement of the day would be! The next thing I noticed was that half of the clothes that I had seen her wear to school (filth wise), were in pretty good shape. How on earth am I going to keep these kids from running around naked on the docks of the Caribbean with only enough clothing to fill their small shared locker (or “closet” to landlubbers). What I was looking at in Bianca’s hamper represented all that we would have space for on the boat, and this was just a couple of days worth.
We are going to need to learn now how to be liveaboards or we are going to be in for a big shock I think.
So I’ve come up with a plan, it’s a three-step process I learned as a bachelorette, in order to avoid as much laundry as possible one must do these things:
- The smell test – I think living on the boat in close quarters might cause us to want to be slightly conservative on this issue
- Presentation Ask yourself “If I wear this will people think I am homeless”
- If the answer is yes to step 2: “Is this frowned upon anywhere we will be going today?”
If the clothing in question, flunks 2 out of the 3 tests then you may put it in the hamper, if not you will wear it until it fails 3 out of 3!
My parenting quest over the next couple weeks with Blake and Bianca is going to be, to cut down on our laundry loads… I will mention to them that they will be helping save the planet, leave water for the dolphin’s (they are little environmentalist) and save a little bit of Mom’s energy for more playtime(which “Who cares about Mommy anyway? “That lady works for me!!” – Bianca)!