Laundry Room Tales


Hi! Let me re-introduce myself. I’m Jen. I’m full of the best intentions. So many good intentions. Really. It’s my follow through that stinks. For example, how many times over the past 10 years of this blog have I seemingly dropped off the face of the earth? That’s a rhetorical question and does not require an answer, but if it DID require an answer it would be something like a bajillion times. I mean, I didn’t blog at all during October or November. And I actually had a lot to tell you!

So I’m going to ease back into this blogging thing with a short post and tell you what I did this morning. Because nothing says, “Hey! I’m back!” like sharing an embarrassing moment.

Let me set the scene. There were towels in the dryer, clothes in the washer, an empty laundry basket and an identical laundry basket full of socks, underwear and more towels to be washed. So I moved the clean towels from the dryer to the empty basket and set it aside. I then put the wet clothes into the dryer and got it started. Then I dumped the clean towels from their basket back into the washer, totally ignoring the basket with the dirty clothes.

As I was dumping them I thought to myself, “where are the socks and underwear?” and “these towels look so fluffy and fresh.” Thankfully I realized what I had done before I started the washer. So I righted my wrong and everything is as it should be.

And the photo I used for this post? While I do my laundry from the comfort of my own home, this image is a fair representation of me getting that last little sock from the back of the washer. Because I’m vertically challenged. Horizontally I’m a boss. (As in I take really good naps.) But between my lack of height and my short arms I have to practically crawl into the washer sometimes. Thankfully, I have one of those grabber thingies to make my life easier. It’s just that sometimes I forget I have it, even though it’s hanging right next to the dryer.

I struggle, people.

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This is the grabber I use. It’s an Unger Nifty Nabber Plus. There are less expensive ones out there, but this is really sturdy and comes in handy for way more than just laundry.

Also, this is an affiliate link. If you click on the image it will take you to where you can purchase your own Nifty Nabber! Or not.



  1. Michele McMillan on December 13, 2016 at 12:51 pm

    Hmm, something about that picture reminds me of the time you and mom threw her house key into the dumpster at the apartments. Must be a family trait!

  2. susan McMillan on December 13, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    My babies that grabber so i can put them to work around the house.

    • JustJenster on December 13, 2016 at 10:25 pm

      My kids used to like to play with Oma’s grabber. 🙂

  3. Diane Karchner on December 14, 2016 at 9:39 am

    you guys do know you are talking in your own private language, right?

    • JustJenster on December 14, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Do you mean the language of the short-afflicted?

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