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Laundry list: a list of characteristics or items that are generally considered to be mundane or distasteful.
I love clothes. I enjoy shopping, which I approach more as curating a collection than as procuring coverings (everything I have I look at as a photo prop, so I seek the versatile and the unique). I revel in the quest for garments that will compliment and coordinate with each other, and, more especially, with my knits... and then the knits. Finding the perfect yarn for a project, or being inspired by the yarn itself --- altogether, I spend quite a bit of thought, energy, and creativity on what I wear.
Until I take it off at the end of the day. I mean, I'll neatly fold the knits and get the everyday wear in the general vicinity of a hamper - but there my interest ends. It's the same with cooking: when I still lived with my parents, I would do anything to get out of cleaning the kitchen once I was finished. Mum told me that if I became a chef, then I could have a sous chef to wash the dishes, but that until then, it was my task to see that the kitchen looked the same when I left it as it had when I arrived (which was spotless - my Mum is a clean person).
But laundry is definitely both mundane and distasteful in my book --- and I think that it's the mundaneness that makes it distasteful. There's no adventure in laundry; even if we go to a laundromat instead of having machines of our own, it's still the same repetitive process of put in washer, wait, put in dryer, wait, fold or hang, wear... repeat. The wearing changes - what you wear it with, where you go, what you do in it, who you're with - and you create memories and experiences, but the washing is always the same.
I need to shift my perspective... to not only see the adventures-that-could-be as I put my wardrobe back at the starting line for the upcoming week, but also to embrace the fact that not every moment is an adventure. There are quiet times, too, that are good for thinking and for praying --- both of which I definitely need to do more!