The Struggle Sunday: Doing Laundry with Animated GIFs

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Doing laundry is the worst. Laundry for a week can take a whole afternoon to do and that’s so annoying. Sundays are for brunch and Netflix. It’s hard enough to go grocery shopping, how does the world expect me to wash and fold all of my clothes on top of that? Being an adult it like some sort of sick joke. Sometimes, I’d rather just not do it.

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Not only is doing laundry terrible, but for those of us unlucky fools who have to go to the laundromat, it’s even worse. You have to haul everything from your apartment, into the car, out of the car into the laundromat, and back again, whether it’s raining or snowing or sleeting. You barely get started before you feel like giving up.

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Not to mention having to wait at the laundromat for your clothes to wash is so boring but you don’t want to leave just incase someone wants to steal your $15 Target yoga pants and stretched out sports bras.

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And you have to do all kinds of sorting and folding, and if you don’t do it the way your mom taught you, it turns out to be a hot mess.

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Yep. Laundry really does suck, but with a little organization, we can get through it one load at a time.

The first thing you can do to make going to the laundromat a little bit easier is put together a “laundry bin” that consists of everything you need to bring with you to do laundry.

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Mine has detergent, dryer sheets, a mason jar of quarters and scent boosters. I put it all in a dollar tree bin and keep it in my closet right by the door so on laundry day I can grab it and go before my brain realizes what I’m actually about to do.

Another thing you can use to help make laundry day feel less like going into oral surgery is to invest in a triple bag laundry sorter, like this one:

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If you’re sorting all your clothes out as you throw them in the hamper, it takes care of you having to sort them at the laundromat, because let’s face it, if you have to spend 10 more minutes there, you’re going to scream.

The individual bags allow you to just grab them from the frame and put them into your car. Also, you can usually fit two of the bags into a regular plastic laundry bin, making the hauling process that much easier. And yes, you do need to bring a standard laundry bin because it makes transferring clothes from the washer to the dryer a million times easier and faster than doing it by hand.

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Another thing you can do to make it better is go with a friend or make your boyfriend go with you, treat yourself to Starbucks on the way there, or bring a book to read or some headphones to keep you busy while you wait.

Laundry day is probably going to be terrible no matter what you do, but I hope these tips have helped you make it a little less of a pain. If you’re prepared, it doesn’t have to be so bad … maybe.

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