My dirty little secret: I send my laundry out to get cleaned.
There. I said it. I’m not super mom and, as much as it pains me to admit it, I can’t do it all. Not only that, I don’t want to.
Growing up, we were all fed these images of women who cooked and cleaned and kept homes like champs. Then, women started being more and more accepted in the working world, changing that stereotype a little bit. So instead of an apron and mop, women were in business suits holding baby bottles. Advertising changed and made it acceptable for women to pick up fast food or use the box meals where you add some water. Great! But cleaning and laundry? Typically still left to the woman in most minds…and TV shows.
Trickling this down to my life. I’m super Type A most of the time. I’m organized. I love a neat home. My planner is meticulously written in with categories defined by different pen colors and I even have multiple 8-color pens for this very reason. While being married, going through nursing school, running a side business, and then actually starting to practice as a nurse, I started to notice that it was getting harder for me to juggle everything. Don’t get me wrong- my husband is awesome and actually helps out a lot. Yes, I’m the first one to point out his dishes on top of the empty dishwasher and the clothes on the floor next to the hamper (but that’s an entirely different matter, amirite?). But he was also super busy too, between full time job, full time school, and running a side business.
And then we had a kid.
That’s about the time that my best laid plans for perfect organization went out the window. Some of those balls I was juggling began to fall. My Type A stress was eating me alive. Why? Because I was still trying to do it all and I hated to admit that I couldn’t.
So, I re-evaluated what I was doing and realized, after a meltdown or two, that I wasn’t the only one in this situation. Lots of other moms were getting help in various ways. Some get help with babysitting or day care. Some pick up pre-made food more often. Some have people come to their house and clean. Some people work less or have less outside obligations. Different things work for different families because no two situations are alike.
Right, so the laundry. I started using EV Laundry a few months ago and I LOVE them. All caps, arms extended to the heavens. They’re based out of Chapel Hill and, quite frankly, they can come over for dinner at this point for all I care. I previously used a different service, but they were way more expensive, which is why I switched to this one.
Anyway, here’s how it works. You can sign up on a week-to-week basis. There’s no contract or obligations and you can use the service as much or as little as you want. They have two sized bags- regular ($19) and large ($26). We use regular and I can get the majority of our laundry into it. I occasionally have to do an extra load here and there, but getting this gets the majority of it done makes it so much more manageable.
So you take the bag and stuff as much as you can into it. I’m not going to lie: I’ve learned how to be really creative with the stuffing process to get maximum laundry done. It’s an art, what can I say? You close the bag and put it on your doorstep on your designated day. It comes back two days later cleaned, folded, and shrink wrapped in the same bag. Hanging items are laying on top on wire hangers. Dress shirts look pristine. Then you bring them in, unwrap the plastic, and they are ready to go straight in the dresser or closet. A separate dry cleaning bag is included for special items (extra charge). They also have amazing customer service and even went out of their way to return a debit card that I accidentally sent off in a pants pocket.
Full disclosure: I have really been using them on my own accord. I actually am writing this because of my true love for them and no other reason. I can show you my bank statements to prove it. They truly are amazing and I feel much better about my work life balance. After talking with a couple of family members and friends that had never heard of such a service, I thought maybe someone else could relate? Let me know in the comments if you use anything like this, or maybe you get help in other ways? No matter what your situation- moms, dads, busy individuals, laundry haters in general- you rock and you’re doing great.
On to the giveaway…
When coming up with the idea for this post, I contacted EV Laundry to see if they were interested in hosting a giveaway. They were happy to be involved! So there are multiple opportunities to win today. This is for folks in Chapel Hill and most parts of Durham and pickup days will vary on location.
One winner will win two weeks of free laundry service with a large sized bag. One winner will win two weeks of free laundry service with a regular sized bag.
To enter, hit up the Rafflecopter widgets below. You can enter in each widget. All you need to enter is your email address and there’s only one entry per e-mail address. Note: we don’t do anything with your email. We only ask for it to have a reliable way to contact you with your prize. We’re accepting entries until 8pm EST on Thursday, October 22rd and will announce the two randomly chosen winners Friday morning.
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If you decide to try out their service, you can sign up between now and November 7th and mention The Triangle Review. You can sign up for a week and see if you like it even. (Sign up link: https://laundry.evnc.org/signup/) Everyone who mentions us and signs up in this time frame will get one item of dry cleaning for free and will be entered to win a free week of laundry. The group of those entered to win the extra week of laundry will be from those who sign up from this site, so your chances are pretty good!