I usually hate when people say, It’s SO BUSY! Because I often feel like the busy is of their own doing, and yes, it’s busy, but you just need to focus on prioritizing.
But it’s Thursday, and I haven’t managed to post on this blog since Monday.
Seriously, how did that even HAPPEN?
Work. Deadlines. School. Commute. Running. Sleep.
GAH. I AM SO BUSY!
Yesterday morning it struck me: I have so many damn plates in the air right now that I feel like I’m shortcutting my way thought life to make sure that they don’t drop.
In that vein, I have two shortcuts I want to confess to you today.
My Laundry Confession
Between needing to wash workout clothes for both Jeff and I , the fact that on a lot of days, our son goes through a number of clothing changes, and we have a smaller-than-average washer, leftover from our just out of college days when we didn’t NEED a big washer… I am always, always, ALWAYS doing laundry.
That is not hyperbole. I am a walking Laundry Do-er. It will be in my obituary someday. “Karen Aalto, dearly departed, survived by her son and husband and dog. Remembered fondly for always doing laundry.”
Usually, I will put the load into the washer either first thing in the morning or a half hour before bed and transfer it to the dryer once it’s clean. I will fold our now clean laundry whenever I have time.
If I’m being honest, my catalyst for folding the laundry is when I need the dryer again. So in the half hour I run a new load of laundry in the washer, I’ll fold the old stuff from the dryer, after a quick fluff, so that the dryer will be empty when the washer’s done.
When I get really busy, sometimes that means the dry clothes stay in the dryer for a while, maybe a day or two. No big deal, right?
Sometimes, like yesterday, when I have zero time to fold laundry but really need to get another load of laundry washed and dried… it means that I add the fresh wet clothes to the DRY clothes in the dryer and run the whole damn thing all over again.
Yep. I totally threw the wet clothes from the washer ON TOP of the dry stuff in the dryer, added a dryer sheet, and started it all again yesterday, before I left for work.
My Coffee Confession
Once upon a time, I could go without coffee in the mornings. In fact, during my busy seasons, I’d go completely caffeine-free, smugly reveling in my ability to kick the stuff that I might rely on. I was self-sufficient, dammit!
Oh, how blissfully ignorant I was.
Because then I had a kid. One who didn’t sleep through the night until he was a year and a half old. And then I started running, and commuting to Boston. 4am wakeups are our norm now.
So you can imagine that coffee is very, very important to us.
We have this coffeemaker that my mom gave us a bunch of years ago. It’s got a thermos bottom and a grinder built into the top of it, which sounds like a damn airplane going off in our kitchen. It was so loud that it made O cry as a baby, and as a toddler he’d clap his hands over his ears and sprint to the living room, saying, Too YOWD, Mommy! TOO YOWD!
Not only is it loud, but it’s a pain in the ass to clean.
The thing has 7 different parts we need to wash every time we make coffee: two parts to the grinder, the basket for the grounds, the container and cover, and the thermal pot and cover.
I have wanted to throw the thing in the trash for a while now and get a coffee maker that has maybe two parts.
But Jeff LOVES this coffeemaker. He believes, perhaps rightly so, it makes better coffee than any we can buy. He loves the specific type – the Kona whole bean coffee we get from BJ’s Wholesale.
I have to grudgingly admit he’s PROBABLY right about the coffee maker. Which is the only reason why I haven’t tossed it yet.
Initially we worked it out that we only had to wash it every couple of days – we’d make a full pot and use the leftovers as iced coffee the second day. But even that is a pain in the ass, too. It’s a 10 minute project, washing coffee parts, every other day.
So now? I just rinse everything. I don’t bother with a sponge or soap. I’ve gotten it down to a 3 minute process to dump the grounds and rinse everything, leaving it to dry for the next time we need to make it.
Ahh, I feel so much better having gotten that off my chest. And I KNOW I’m not the only one who has these shortcuts – my friend D has a general rule that when she is reponsible for making dinner, it can’t use more than 5 ingredients. Bonus points if it’s in only one pot.
I want to hear from you!
(No seriously. I want to hear the kind of stuff you do. Not for the validation, though I do like to hear I’m not alone. Really, I want IDEAS. There’s got to be more out there that I’m missing out on. So spill in the comments… PLEASE?:) )
What life hacks/shortcuts do you employ to make your days easier?