Twisted Laundry Creates Twitchy Minds

Laundry should be straightforward, shouldn’t it?  I mean, do a load of wash, switch it to the dryer, and fold it when it’s done, right?  Wrong.

First you open the washer, only to find a wet load still in there.  Is it old enough to be musty and needing a vinegar rinse?  No, I’m lucky this time – Mom had put it in the night before.  But I reach in to transfer it to the dryer, and find out I’m not so lucky after all.

I pulled a towel out with effort.  The jeans wouldn’t come at all.  Mom had put in a mixed load, and when I say mixed, I mean every type and state of clothing and fabric imaginable.

The sweater arms and one leg of the jeans were tied like an inept boy scout’s knots.  A pair of nylons wound its way in and out of everything, strings from the dog’s fleece throw tangled with bra straps and eight-inch lengths of ribbon-and-velcro fasteners for my dad’s catheter tube.  To top it off, the apron he wears when he eats had not only tied its strings into every piece of fabric in there, tighter than those of a neurotic mother, but the loop to go around his neck had somehow gotten over the agitator and trapped underneath.

It was worse than a Gordian knot, and I couldn’t even pull it out of the machine because of the apron strings.  I spent fifteen l-o-n-g minutes bent over, working loose first one thing (the dog throw) and then another (a sweater with, somehow, only one arm entangled), and then cussing up a storm gently working until the nylons came free, the bra worked into a recognizable shape, and the apron strings finally permitted themselves to be freed.

The jeans leg unwound from another sweater, the shirt sleeves disentangled from each other, and the rest came easy.

Fine.  Move on.  Nylons and bra over the towel rack, the rest in the dryer, and I’m done.  Until the dryer *twitch* eats its inevitable sock.

I wrote the above in January, but laundry never changes, does it?  What tangles your sanity, laundry or otherwise?

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6 Responses to Twisted Laundry Creates Twitchy Minds

  1. That’s funny because I found something similar to that this morning that my hubby did yesterday. Ugh

  2. Jennifer, I recently bought a front load washing maching and this happens to every single load of laundry I do. The pant legs get entwined with the shirt sleeves and I have to untangle every single load I put through the machine. Terribly annoying!
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    • Sheila – I was going to say the opposite. I got the front loader and didn’t have the problem of tangled laundry anymore. Maybe we just have different gremlins.

      But never mind laundry. My sanity is being twisted by Physical Therapy exercises. My muscles are being twisted. My nerves are being twisted!

  3. So funny, just happened to me a few moments ago. When it’s not too heavy it makes loading the dryer that much faster–all in one big, tangled bunch. 🙂
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  4. This happens to me all the time! I’m glad to know it’s not just my washing machine that seems to sabotage me, and that I’m not the only one who dreads untangling the mess 🙂
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  5. Jennifer Jensen says:

    Hi, Donna, Sheila, Suzanne, Coleen & Marcy. Sorry I’ve been AWOL on comments, but thank you for yours. The funny thing about this is that while the picture is of a tangled load from a front loader, Mom’s is an o-l-d top loader. It happens occasionally, but I think it was all the strings that made this time so bad.

    Right now, I think I’m with Suzanne – my muscles and nerves and sanity are being twisted! Of course, after my foot heals and my muscles are fine, my sanity will still be in question.