At the risk of romanticizing the chore of laundry, I have discovered there is a perk to decanting laundry detergent.
The perk is I dislike doing laundry a little bit less when my laundry detergent is in a pretty bottle or my stain remover is in a glass spray bottle.
Or perhaps, since I’m giving optimism a whirl these days, it’s better to say I enjoy doing laundry a little bit more now that I’ve started decanting my laundry detergent.
Yes, optimism always sounds better.
Two things have contributed to this laundry work perk.
First, by decanting laundry detergent from a bigger container into a smaller, prettier container, I’m more likely to buy the gigantic value-sized bottle of detergent.
This means I’m saving a few pennies.
Normally, I wouldn’t buy the super-sized laundry detergent bottle because they are heavy and hard to maneuver. I’ll gladly sacrifice a few pennies so that I don’t have to heave ho every time I need to dispense the laundry detergent.
I swear I’m not a wimp. I just don’t need laundry to be any more arduous than necessary.
In addition, I’m not the only one who does laundry around here and I don’t want to risk my kids spilling a gigantic vat of laundry detergent everywhere. Ask me how I know this is a possibility.
Never mind. Please don’t. I’m still trying to purge that memory from my brain.
Second, it’s often not the task itself that matters, but how we approach the task that makes all the difference in the world. Have you noticed this in your life as well?
I’ve discovered that I’m more likely to have a better attitude about the relentless chore of laundry when I like looking at my bottle of laundry detergent.
It makes the task feel a little fancier. Like I’m at the spa instead of in my laundry room.
Okay, that was a stretch, but you get my point.
One’s environment can actually affect attitudes and outcomes.
I read an article once about how student outcomes were improved after they moved students from a crumbling, mold-infested school to a brand-new school building: same students, same teachers, and same coursework. The only thing different was the physical environment. (source, source)
I’m not saying laundry is the same as school.
School eventually ends.
Laundry…not so much.
What I am saying is that it’s possible to enjoy the task of laundry a little bit more.
If decanting laundry detergent into a pretty glass bottle helps me have a better attitude about staying on top of the mountains of laundry my family generates, then I’ll take that as a win!
I also use this decanting trick with mouthwash. That’s mainly because I keep mouthwash out on the counter, so it’s visible to everyone. You can read about how I corral bathroom items with a cake stand here.
I don’t do this, but I’ve seen so many people decant olive oil into pretty dispensers. That would certainly make cooking seem more glamorous.
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Rug: Old, HomeGoods
Washer and Dryer: LG TurboWash 360
Glass Canister With Lid: Old
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