My Laundry Room Disaster

clean laundryThe laundry and I have, at best, a truce.  It’s an ongoing battle and I hate to admit that I’m probably losing more often than not.

(warning: this post contains content that does not blend well with morning coffee.  dirty laundry isn’t appetizing.)

Or maybe not.  We wear clean clothes every day, and so far, nothing has crawled out of the pile.  (look, my husband has shirts hung up neatly in the closet.)

Right now, I’m loosing.  No doubt.  I blame the cat.

Before we went on vacation, I had finally gotten caught up.  There was one load of bedding on the floor, but otherwise everything was clean AND put away.

Then, vacation happened.

We took the cat with us, which proved to be a fatal mistake.

Laundry generating cat Do not be deceived by the cute fluffy tail and playful pose. This cat is evil.  Ms Fluffy is not a nice kitty.

Right now, she is tormenting me by snoring.

She is NOT my cat.  She belonged to my husband when we began dating and she was part of the package.  She sleeps on my husband’s side of the bed and is the sweetest most loving cat for him.

She hisses at me.

She stops just short of swiping at my ankles from under the bed.

We’ve been married 13 years, you would think she’d be over it by now.

But this past week, she hit a new low.

We took her camping with us.

That would be totally weird if we were tent camping, but in an RV it actually works well.  She likes sitting in my husband’s lap when he drives, so she didn’t even mind the trip.

But once we were there, she turned into an evil kitty.

She peed on the bedding.

Not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES.

Fortunately, we had enough bedding to just keep tossing the dirty stuff in a plastic trash bag and keep on going.

On the trip home, we got sick.

My youngest son and I both succumbed to a tummy bug on the five hour drive home.

This is the boy who tends to use me as a human pillow when he is sick.

And it was a repeat of the bug I’d ALREADY HAD ON VACATION.

I’ll spare you the details.  You really don’t want to know.   The water in the RV we used for washing dishes came from an uncertified well.  We didn’t drink it, but I have some theories.

Obviously, being sick generated a bit more laundry.

When I pulled into the driveway on Saturday with the sick child, it was all I could do to drag myself into the house.

My husband arrived, and proceeded to unload about eight trash bags of laundry from my car.  He did what most men would do.  He threw the sealed bags into the laundry room and walked away.

I faced the monster.

I walked into the laundry room and almost passed out from the smell.

Given that I was ALREADY queasy, you can guess what I did.  Fortunately, there was a ton of “fabric” nearby to swab up whatever it is that happened.

The first thing I discovered was that Ms Fluffy (aka demon cat) had also PEED ON THE BEDDING that I’d left on the laundry room floor before vacation.  Based on the smell, she did this BEFORE we left.

laundry convoMy husband states that this is her gentle protest that her litter box isn’t clean enough.  I feel that the entire Sahara Dessert would not be enough clean sand to satisfy Ms Fluffy.

As I opened the bags, I realized that quite a bit of our clothing was also infused with smoke from the campfires of the week.

I decided to share the experience with my husband with some rather graphic descriptions via text message.  He loves it when I do that.  Particularly when he’s at work in a meeting.

He responds by saying “don’t blog that” on far too many occasions.

I’ll gloss over the details and just say it was smokey, acrid, and fowl.  Kind of like the alley behind a row of cheap bars. Not that I’d know… it’s how I imagine it would smell.

So how’s the laundry now?

It’s Thursday.  I’ve been sick since Saturday.  But since I’m the mom, that hasn’t exactly meant I spent the week in bed.

Yes.  I’m still sick.  Not exactly laying on the tile floor sick, but I’m still not on solid foods and I’m running enough fever to feel like death warmed over.  But I’m a mom.  Moms don’t get sick days.

I was all excited last night when I put a load in the washer.  I THOUGHT it was the final load.

I looked around the laundry room and saw floor!

I closed the window with a deep feeling of satisfaction and almost waltzed out of the room.  That’s when I tripped over the three additional bags of mystery smell that were hiding in the hallway.

I haven’t opened them yet.  I decided they could just sit there.  If it goes much longer I may just burn them.  What could possibly be in there that I need?

The final blow?  The washing machine broke on the final load.

I have to ask – do you fight with laundry?  Any suggestions OTHER than getting rid of the cat?

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Houston Mom Blogger Susan Baker has a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood. She has two elementary school boys, one engineering husband, and one cat. She has a strange fascination  for eggs, socks, and books.  She spends far too much time on Social Media and at Target. She is crazy in love with her family.  She serves an amazing God.   She lives an ordinary life filled with wonder. [/author_info] [/author]


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I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. I like to give my laundry the silent treatment aka not do it. It usually doesn’t end well for me. I have to admit my husband is pretty good at pitching in with laundry except that EVERYTHING goes in the dryer but I try not to complain about it. I’d say your husband owes you a really nice dinner out when you start to feel better!
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  2. I am SO sorry! That sounds absolutely awful. And there’s not much worse than thinking you’re done and then finding more. I feel your pain.

    We have cat issues, too. Our cat is 13 and has been terribly spoiled up until the last year. That’s when my son & his wife moved out followed by my daughter who got married. Suddenly she had no one to spoil her. She was their cat not mine. So she follows me around yowling at me. She’s driving me INSANE! I don’t please her because I don’t sit much. She wants me to sit down so she can sit on my lap. For hours. That’s what my daughter did – she sat at her computer and Daisy sat with her. I’m going to lose my mind!!!

    But back to your laundry. I’m really impressed that you managed to get all that done while being sick. Pat yourself on the back and call it as good as it gets. There’s always tomorrow.
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    • Thank you. That was exactly the comforting “mom response” I needed to hear.

      Have you tried giving the cat a window seat with a heating pad in it? Just a thought.

  3. The best I can say is that if I lived near you, I would GLADLY come over and help! I hope hubs was on kitty litter detail when you were pregnant. I also hope you don’t get a new washing machine for Christmas.

    • Hubs was on kitty litter detail from the day we started trying to get pregnant! Are you kidding? I was NOT going to pass up an opportunity to avoid litter box detail.

      Washing machine is fixed and back to functional. Me? Not so much.

  4. Donald Quixote says:

    I am genuinely very sorry for you! That cat sounds like a pain in the butt. I would definitely ask for the help of friends and neighbors, maybe even family members if they live nearby. No one should have to do laundry when they’re sick. Your husband should probably help out more too since his cat is the one who created all the mess in the first place!

  5. I fell happy to read it also recommend all person.

  6. Oh no! That is horrible! I had 2 cats and one of them liked to pee inside and not in the kitty litter. I made for much time spent cleaning things like carpet, rugs, tiles, and wooden floors. For some reason, I still want another cat.

  7. Sorry to hear! Sounds like your cat is quite the pain. I have similar experiences with my cat. She doesn’t like being left alone and often goes to the ‘bathroom’ in the lounge room! Not happy.

  8. I so am still battling with the laundry! And I don’t even have any kids yet, know its just going to get worse but how do we possible always have so much laundry?

  9. I know exactly how you feel. My cat used to do the same thing and there was nothing that I did helped. The good news is that once he got older he did it less and less. Eventually he was well behaved and we didn’t have any other issues. So hopefully there is a light at the end of the tunnel for you too!
    Reading your post brings back memories!
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