laundry routines

If you wash on Monday, you have all the week to dry…
If you wash on Tuesday, you’re still not much awry…
If you wash on Friday, you wash in real need…
If you wash on Saturday, you are slovenly indeed.
-an early 1900’s skip-rope rhyme
quoted in
The Clothesline by Irene Rawlings and Andrea VanSteenhouse

Monday towelWhen I was first wed, I did laundry on Mondays.  It was our day “off”, my day for projects around the house, and the only day I’d be home long enough to get everything washed, folded, and dried.

But then three babies came along in rapid succession.  With dozens upon dozens of tiny items of clothing to be washed.  And laundry became a daily ritual for a while after each birth, until we got accustomed to diapering and burp cloths and such for the first time—and then all over again.

Eventually I settled into a routine of Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday laundry.  I washed the towels and cleaned the bathroom on Tuesday, and washed the sheets and (ostensibly) dusted on Thursdays.  That left clean clothes for Sunday and gave me Monday for paying bills.

my clothespin basket and drying rackBut then my work schedule changed, and I had to change my housework schedule along with it.  Now I’m working away from home on most of the days that I used to do laundry.  So I put the weekend’s disastrous loads in the wash on Monday, clean the bathroom and wash the towels and whatever else needs it Wednesday, and wash all the newly soiled things (plus the sheets, when I remember) on Fridays.

clouds and laundryOf course, along about this time of year, laundry day becomes defined less by the day of the week and more by the weather outside.  If rain clouds are on the horizon, I know they’ll be overhead the moment I hang out my laundry.  Just as mowing the lawn brings the spring rain, and cutting hay brings the summer rain, hanging out the laundry just seems to tease those storm clouds into being no matter the time of year.  If I’m in a daring mood and don’t have too much going on, I’ll risk it, knowing the wind that blows the rain clouds here and away again will likely dry the clothes out once more.  But if I don’t have the luxury of time to dry each load twice, I just throw it all in the clothes dryer.  That used to handicap me even further, with the noisy buzzer waking the children at the worst moments.  But my amazing husband took the entire dryer apart (which meant that it was wedged between the toilet and the sink and the door in our combined laundry/bathroom) and disconnected the buzzer that had interrupted countless naps and made me despair as to ever having dry clothes and rested children!

"Laundry..." word art by Wall Graffiti Vinyl Lettering Etsy

aprons on my umbrella-style laundry rackBut I know soon it will be back to the dryer every day of the week, because the air might be dry here, yet it is too cold of a wintertime to do anything but freeze dry clothes outside.  And though my in-laws faithfully dry their laundry on collapsible racks indoors all winter long, I have neither the space nor the heat to dry that much laundry without both crowding and cooking us all out of the house.  So I use my vintage umbrella-style laundry rack for the delicates and the wool sweaters and the hats and the mittens, while counting my clothes dryer as a blessing in the winter just as much as I thank God for my clothesline every summer laundry day.

How about you?  Do you wash your laundry every day, on specific days each week, or whenever the laundry basket’s overflowing?  

Christmas Aprons

Grandma, Granddaughter, Great-Granddaughters

Dear Grama,

You always find the perfect gifts to welcome in each season of the year, be it Easter or Autumn or Christmas.  And it was no exception when we saw you earlier this month.  You know how we girls love our aprons.  And you found the most adorable Christmas aprons for all three of us—not to mention hot pad holders and a tablecloth to match, along with cookie cutters and recipe books in case we lacked inspiration!

We posed for a quick picture with you before you left.  But I wish you could have seen the girls baking cookies with Aunt Jess before the day was out.  Two curly heads with eager faces smeared with dough and busy fingers covered with flour.

And of course, our Cinderella thought a new apron was the perfect thing to add to her ever-growing outfit ensemble!  Two aprons, a t-shirt, a veil, and a shawl top her Cinderella dress at the moment.  All coordinating perfectly with the sparkly glass slippers, of course.  I have an idea that when we finally get around to baking Christmas cookies here it will be a challenge to get her to wear just one apron.

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dressed to my apron

The FlyLady says to get dressed to your lace-up shoes when you start your day.

Others like to step into their pumps to stop the frumps.

Me?

making green tomato salsa, photo by my cousin RebekahI’d be a barefoot-in-the-kitchen kind of girl—except for our concrete floor.

I’d be a wear-my-comfy-foot-shaped-Keens-for-housework-each-day kind of girl—except that I like to be able to easily slip into an outside pair of shoes to run to the herb garden or the freezer or the shed.

I’d be a wear-my-Romeo-shoes-around-the-house-so-I-can-easily-slip-in-and-out-of-them kind of girl—except that my heels blister way too easily.

So I’m a Birkenstock kind of girl.

And I get dressed to my apron when I am ready to tackle my housework.

How about you?  What’s your dressed-and-ready-to-face-the-day attire?  What’s the costume that keeps you awake and on task?

Your Aprons

Apron Fabrics“Felicity…was very nicely dressed in a pink print and a frilled muslin apron.”
-The Story Girl by L.M. Montgomery, page 13

“An angular woman panoplied in a white apron so stiffly starched that it could easily have stood alone…”
-Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery

“…slipped into the blue calico dress and tied on the crisply ruffled, pink apron.”
-These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder, page 384

Big aprons.  Little aprons.  Floral print aprons.  Striped canvas aprons.  Our aprons are as varied as we are.

And the stories behind them are even more numerous than the aprons themselves!  I’ve told stories of aprons of my grandmothers and aprons made by my cousins.  I’ve shown you pictures of my little girls in aprons and my sisters in my aprons. From vintage to modern, each apron is a story and a fashion statement. Now I can’t wait to hear the stories of your aprons and see pictures of the pretty prints!

il_570xN.233872994Not only do we want to hear your stories—we want to give everyone a chance to start or add to their own apron collection!  One apron-wearin’ blogger or apron-lovin’ reader will win this beautiful, vintage-inspired apron (pictured at left) from the Posey Lane Etsy Shop.

To enter the giveaway, comment with something about aprons—what you love about aprons, why you want to find an apron, or who you remember wearing an apron.  (For additional entries, Like Little Pink House on Facebook, Like Posey Lane on Facebook, Heart Posey Lane on Etsy, or share the giveaway with friends on Twitter or Facebook.)

Click “add link” to participate in the blog carnival link-up (you’ll automatically receive five entries to the giveaway for sharing a link to your apron blog post).  {Giveaway ended September 23, 2011.}


“Susan had on a new black silk blouse, quite as elaborate as anything Mrs. Marshall Elliott ever wore, and a white starched apron, trimmed with complicated crocheted lace fully five inches wide, not to mention insertion to match.”
-Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery, page 4

“Nobody but Miss Cornelia would have come to make a call arrayed in a striped blue-and-white apron and a wrapper of chocolate print, with a design of huge, pink roses scattered over it.  And nobody but Miss Cornelia could have looked dignified and suitably garbed in it.”
-Anne’s House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery, page 61

“Cecily declared that she hated to go to sleep because she was sure to dream that she was at Aunt Olivia’s wedding in her old faded gingham dress and a ragged apron.”
-The Golden Road by L.M. Montgomery, page 75

Congratulations to Grace Anna for winning the lovely vintage-inspired apron from Posey Lane!

Be sure to read Grace’s apron story over at her blog, Graceful Notes.

“She had on a dress of plum-coloured drugget with a large, snowy apron, and she wore it with the air of a queen.”
-Emily Climbs by L.M. Montgomery,

Apron Week Memories…
(highlights from your comments)

  • “I’ve loved aprons ever since seeing Lucille Ball wear them in “I Love Lucy” (which I watched during my lunch hour when I walked home for lunch from school). They looked so feminine, so glamourous… Aprons seemed to add the right amount of whimsy to the daily grind of housework/cooking. Donning one lightens the load – I swear!” -Gianna Patton
  • “I’ve always loved wearing MY aprons, but I thought I was the only girl “of my age” who felt domestic and pretty wearing an apron. I’m so glad I’m NOT the only girl. I’m feeling inspired to make another apron now!” -Elisabeth
  • “I love aprons because 1. They remind me of my Grandma who is in Glory 2. I am clutzy, so they are vital to me when I cook 3. An apron can tell a lot of stories 4. A well-used apron is often a sign of a good cook!” -Bekah
  • “I LOVE LOVE LOVE aprons, I have two well worn aprons that were made with much love and care for me. The first one I received when I was 13, when I began seriously dabbling in the kitchen from my Nana, it is pink gingham and almost worn through. The second was made for me for a wedding gift from my sister-in-law, it is blue and white check trimmed with a pink and white lipstick kiss print fabric with a pocket made of the same that is hand embroidered with ‘kiss the cook.’ I wear one or the other pretty much every day to protect my clothing from the kitchen mess and also from the messes that can happen as a momma of 4 under 5! I would love to have another pretty apron, one that I can wear when we have hospitality or when I am preparing a nice meal for my husband on our ‘date night in’.” -Michelle
  • “Currently laying under a quilt made with fabric from my childhood apron that my grandma made for me. What a special, cherished memory I have!” -Claire
  • “I love how cute and feminine aprons can be…along with keeping food from getting all over your clothes while cooking (especially when pregnant).” -Jessica
  • “I mainly have Christmasy aprons that I do like to wear during the holiday season. I remember an apron my aunt gave me when I was young and it had a hand towel sewn onto the front of it, very handy for messy or wet hands! I may have to dig that apron out, where ever it is… You have inspired me to get into the habit of wearing aprons!” -Terri
  • “I made an apron for myself when I was little…it was a little crooked and not very sturdy, but I wore it proudly.” -Arielle Salzman
  • “I love how aprons make you feel freer to get into the cooking and not worry about ruining your clothes… When I wear one, I feel all official, like a serious homemaker. But I’m not.” -Jessica
  • “My mom made my twins sis and me reversible matching aprons when we were only 2. Over the years, they were worn out, covered with paint, messes, flour…you name it! I still remember they were pink and blue and oh so adorable! They are packed away somewhere in our memory boxes…waiting for the day when perhaps we will be blessed with our own daughters. Today, I still wear aprons — mostly for how practical they are but they also make me feel more ‘homemakerish’ and feminine!” -Samantha R.
  • “I think my favorite apron memories involve my older brother, who is an avid cook and also fisherman. My mom did have a large apron for him with t-bone steaks on it. But then I found an apron I just had to have for my brother. It showed a picture of a rainbow trout frying in a pan, and the caption said, ‘The end of the rainbow.’ That was one gift my brother really liked.” -Natalie G.
  • “I LOVE aprons!! My special apron is one from my great-grandmother. I wear it often instead of saving it– I enjoy it a lot more on me than I would in a drawer.” -Laura
  • “I love to slip an apron on when I’m doing house or garden work. My favorite is red and white checkered, and ties beautifully in the back. I made it myself one summer on a whim. It somehow lends an air of grace to any situation.” -a farmer girl
  • “I love aprons, especially pretty ones, because they represent so much: home, love, good meals, a mother’s love, family… A pretty apron makes cooking that much more enjoyable!” -Caitlin Baker
  • “I do love to wear an apron, just makes me feel so homemakerish and attractive. My favorite memory thus far of wearing an apron is when I was cooking for the man I love and he gently placed his hand on my arm and made sweet remarks about my apron… oh how I hope to someday wear an apron for him every day of my life!” -Kate
  • “I like aprons because my husband REALLY likes them.” -Melissa B.
  • “I have always loved wearing my mother’s apron. Frilly, feminine aprons make kitchen work so much more fun and make me feel fulfilled, somehow.” -Lois
  • “I adore aprons! Practically speaking, they keep your good clothes in good condition! But they just make me feel delightfully old-fashioned and ladylike when I wear them.” -Melea Bulkley

{September 26, 2011} Apron Week is over…but the fun is just beginning.  I’ve found so many apron boards on Pinterest, and I plan to keep pinning and re-pinning the apron pictures I find.  Not to mention frequenting—and pinning from—all the cute apron sites I’ve found in the process of Apron Week!  (Do you have one to add to the list?)

Apron Memories: Tie One On - An Apron Of Course !

“Diana…wore her afternoon pink print and a lawn apron fearfully and wonderfully ruffled and frilled; and very neat and pretty and rosy she was.”
-Anne of Avonlea by L.M. Montgomery, page 251

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