Doing laundry before becoming a parent was never this complicated.

Doing laundry before becoming a parent was never this complicated.

Sure, there are more clothes to wash and some have very specific directions for their care, but that isn't the problem. Laundry seems to be something that I cannot complete in one cycle. No matter how hard I try, I can't get a load of washed clothes into the dryer before they get stinky and perhaps a little moldy.

It's not like I have a long walk from the washer to the dryer; they sit right next to each other. But I've learned that my house can be quiet and chaos-free until the moment the washer finishes and then my daughter needs me, the oven timer goes off, a dog loses his lunch on the carpet, or the phone rings. In my house, the number of items needing my attention is directly proportional to the moment my laundry timer sounds.

After moving into a new home, we decided it was time to get a new washer and dryer. I can't say I am one of those women who get excited about buying a new way to do my chores. A washer and dryer aren't the kind of purchases I dream about. They are nice, they have pretty dials, and they play a happy little tune whenever my clothes are finished, but unless they can move my clothes from the washer into the dryer and then fold them afterward, I am not impressed.

With the new house and the new machines, I thought I could finally reach the goal of finishing a load of laundry in a single day, but it's just not going to happen. I still find myself having to wash a load of clothes at least twice, and drying them as many times because they spent a night or two in the dryer and now need all those wrinkles removed. The only difference I see with my new appliances is that instead of a quick buzz to tell me my clothes are finished, I now have a happy, twinkling little tune that mocks me every time a load is done.

What's next? Will they add words to the happy little tune that tell me what a loser I am because while my laundry is finished, I won't be able to get to it until tomorrow? No need ... I already sing that tune in my head.