Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Good, The Bad & The Laundry

Does anyone else feel like its Groundhog Day when, after having just done the dishes the night before, the alarm clock sounds, you rush the kids off to school, play dates, errands, gym (yeah right), in and out of the car-seat, lunch and then the sink is full again!? UGH.

How about digging through the (clean) laundry pile that you haven't folded because it feels like you just did it yesterday and folding takes FOREVER!? I shouldn't admit this, but there have been times when I have gone three weeks (four is the longest I will publicly admit to) without folding the laundry. The longer it goes, the bigger the pile becomes and the more insurmountable it seems.

Well - no longer! I have a secret. And its awesome. And it seriously makes folding laundry and doing the dishes enjoyable. That’s right! It doesn't involve any preorganizing or other work. It’s the real deal and it is my savior. Get ready for it...

Audiobooks! The clouds have parted, the rays of sunshine have forged through the doom and the doves are singing. No but seriously, I just put on my headphones and listen to my book while I'm cleaning or folding laundry and what used to be a never-ending, exhausting drudgery of a task has now become an enjoyable and productive escape!

I also listen to books when I'm sewing, during long drives and when I go to bed at night.

Having always been a bookworm, I wasn't sure that I could do audiobooks. Reading from a book means being able to see the words, feel the page and the smell!! But what an audiobook does give you that a book cannot is freedom to use your hands and to walk around. Usually the people who read the stories bring an additional element of life to the story as they almost have to act it out. Their renditions have inspired me to be livelier in my readings at story time with the kiddos.

It also helps a little with the problem of book storage.

I use and I am on the 2 books per month plan. I try to choose longer ones that will last through the entire month. Right now I'm listening to the Outlander Series and Game of Thrones books (yes I’m a nerd) which are usually at least 30 hours of listening per book! But I also like shorter ones too. Some of my recent favorites are Orphan Train, The Girl on the Train, Eleanor & Park, and The Charm School.

So, friend - get yourself a comfy pair of headphones, (I like the big cushy ear muff type ones and brew up a cup of tea and enjoy. You're welcome!

Note: This pictorial representation of my laundry pile is nothing short of pure fraudulence. The real thing is a whole lot messier!


  1. Good idea Jenna, I'm going to give that a try! Thanks! :)

    1. Thanks Lori :) I hope you enjoy it! xoxo

  2. I do this. I commute an hour one way each day and love listening to books!!