Is your laundry room winning? I know it can feel like it sometimes, (maybe most of the time?)
When we built our home we positioned it to take advantage of a beautiful view of the mountains. We didn’t realize when we designed the house that no one would end up walking around to our “front door,” but would instead come in through our laundry room. Instant accountability! I certainly didn’t want a big pile of laundry to be the first thing my friends saw as they entered my home. Beyond being an entryway, my laundry room is also not so much a “room” as a walkway from the kitchen to the pantry and family room. As you can imagine I traverse that way many times a day. What I have found is that makes it very easy to keep up on the laundry. I will throw in a load as I pass by, or switch wet clothes to the dryer. Most of the time this keeps the dirty pile under control.
In a lot of houses the laundry room is off in a corner, in a garage, or downstairs. This can make it easy for the laundry pile to grow to scary proportions making us want to avoid it. Besides, who knows what is lurking in there? You don’t want to hear about my mildew horror stories from the past.
All this made me think about us and the “laundry rooms” we have inside ourselves. When we are more open with our close friends and invite accountability in our lives, we keep the scary emotional baggage, (or dirty laundry!) to a minimum. However when we stuff it away in the basement of our souls, it just sits there, molding and festering and eventually causing a lot of problems. Just like clothing is easier to wash as it gets dirty, hurts are best dealt with when they happen. I mean, who really wants to dig into a two-week old gym bag, much less something someone said to you a month ago that is still sitting in your heart, wounding you.
I would encourage you this week to reach out to a friend. Tell them what’s on your heart and ask them what is going on in their life too. Give yourself permission to receive and give grace. Remember we are in this life together, dirty laundry and all!
“Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me and I will be whiter than snow.” Psalm 51:7
My home-made laundry soap recipe:
Warm 2 quarts water in a big metal pot. Grate 1/6 of a bar of Ivory soap into it. Whisk in 1/4 cup Borax and 1/4 cup Washing Soda gradually, (this is different from the baking soda you would cook with.) Pour into 1 gallon bottle and add hot water until full. Shake occasionally until cooled.