October 20, 2010

Frugal Failure | Multi-Tasking Gone Wrong, Laundry-Style


(Trying to salvage my favorite sweater.)

While I'm big on saving money and ways to do more with less as a part of frugal living, I'm just as passionate (or crazed, depending on how you look at it) about saving time.  

Of course, if saving time ends up costing me money, then I've wasted both.  

That picture above happened during my busy Monday morning.  Like every weekday, I was up early (sometime between 5 and 6am) so I could get ramped up for the day.  Before 8:15 am, I had already done more than I can list here; believe me, I tried and when I got to the 11th item on the list - about 2/3 of the way, just before the laundry disaster above - I realized how nutso (and over-caffeinated) I might seem to some of you out there!

On my way out the door with my three kids (I had to drop my older two off at school then head a-Krogering with my little guy), I tossed the first load of laundry in the dryer and filled the washer again with the whites that needed bleaching.

In my rush, I didn't see that my favorite cream-colored silk blend sweater (one I got at JCP.com clearance section for just $6 with one of the infamous $10/$10 JCP.com coupon codes) was mixed in with the sheets, towels, and my older two's school uniform polos.

Oh no.

When I found it later in the day, the damage was done - there were yellow stains all over it. 

I immediately soaked the sweater in my kitchen sink and started googling for ideas on how to fix it.  I came across this article which helped to explain what might have happened and how to fix it.  I've yet to buy the Rit products in the article but I do intend to give it a try.  I reallly like that sweater!

Of course, the whole time I was searching for a solution, I was mentally kicking myself.  If only I'd checked the laundry before I tossed it in the washer.  If only I'd taken a moment to put the sweater up on the shelf in my laundry room when I hauled the hampers down from upstairs (which is what I usually do with items that need to be washed delicately). 

If only I'd just slowed down a little bit.

I'm sharing this little laundry disaster (and this is just one in a long list of many laundry disasters in my mommying life) with you because I'm betting many of you are just like me - moms who are busy, busy, BUSY

Don't get me wrong; busy is good - it gets the job done.  And let's face it, busy is just plain necessary for us modern moms who balance so many different roles.  But sometimes I get so caught up in the whirlwind of my own busyness that I end up wasting time, money, or both. 

And then there's the stress that comes with living life at a frantic, gotta go-go-GO! pace.  It's unsustainable over the long term.  Remember the story about the tortoise and the hare? 

That tortoise had the right idea.  ;-)

So my fellow frugalistas, as I make a note on my own to-do list for this week to buy those Rit products (assuming they don't cost an arm & leg), remember that your to-do list should be a tool in your frugal time management toolbox, not a tyrant that rules your life.

And remember to check those whites before you toss in the bleach! ;-)

1 comment:

  1. Wow! I had a Laundry DISASTER on Monday too! But mine was my washer flooding the laundry room and kitchen. http://couponcontessa.blogspot.com/2010/10/what-day.html

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