Laundry rules

Whatever the opposite of OCD is, I’m probably that. But I do have some rules, particularly around two of my favourite things: linen and laundry. Yes, hearing the washing machine wurgling away in the background gives me a huge sense of wellbeing.

toast linen

So anyway, at work the other day we were discussing various house-related rules and I put forward the idea that you must do a separate wash for bed sheets and tea towels. Jaws dropped around me. As if I was Anthea Turner’s more uptight sister. As someone usually derided as an untidy scruff I have to say it felt great.

linen closet

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My other rule is about bedlinen, and had a similar effect when I proclaimed it at, of all places, the interiors mag where I used to work. It’s simple – fitted sheets are for babies. Flat sheets are the mark of an adult housekeeper. Hospital corners aren’t that hard - it’s just a rumor put around by nurses to make you feel inferior. Don’t believe me? Here’s Sgt Shane Medders from Fort Knox to show you how.



Who’s with me on this? And does anyone else have any household rules they’d like to add?


3 Responses to “Laundry rules”

  1. myfriendshouse
    September 19, 2011 at 9:15 am #

    New level of respect to you on the flat sheets, but I am totally with you on separate washes for bedlinen. I also get kicks from watching the bedlinen flapping away on a washing line afterwards. PS I had heard about the bloggers mag through the lovely Cavaliero Finn ladies who are also featured. Finger. On. Pulse. x

  2. baby style file
    September 19, 2011 at 10:24 am #

    I’m with you on the separate loads for tea towels and bedding, but hospital corners? really!? life’s too short.

  3. Patricia Macnair
    September 19, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    Mmmm… well, having been derided by friends for my obsession with laundry, I was relieved to see that somebody else shares this pernickity attitude to it! I must admit to adding the odd dishtowel or handtowel to some clothing washes… (shall I be able to continue in this slovenly habit?) However, what really gets me going is hanging the washing OUT! Using the outside line of the whirlygig only, if possible, to catch any odd rays of sunshine and the wind… and an orderly assembly of clothes in categories… trousers, underwear etc. And lovely flapping sheets which later will be a joy to sleep on.

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