Five Minute Friday: Laundry

Hello, Friends. Welcome back for another Friday spent with Lisa-Jo and the Five-minute crowd. Today, we’re taking five minutes to write on the prompt Laundry. Do you have five minutes to write, read, or both? Why don’t you join us?

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community…

Today’s Prompt: Laundry

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I have a day set aside, and on that day everything dirty comes clean. I make piles of smelly, awful things. Ugly things. And I make them clean again. I send out a search party for stains. I wonder exactly what he was doing when the ice cream leapt off the cone and onto his lap. How did she get a pin prick of blood under her left shoulder blade? I wonder and then I Shout them all out.

They are bundled by color, tossed, and tumbled. They come out smelling like baby powder, fresh and clean. The air outside is thick with it. You can catch the scent on the breeze and it smells of home, of mother’s hands at work, of ugly things gone beautiful. All things are made new, and this is not the usual way of the world where dirt seeps in to every work and thought and motive.

It smells of new beginnings, folded and ready for another week.


Lord knows, I have a lot to say about laundry, and often it sounds more like a complaint. The truth is, I love doing laundry. It makes me exceedingly happy. See above. Grin;)


  • http://www.nicolehinesstarkey.

    I’m your FMF buddy- I loved reading your description of yourself- I can identify so much- we also have 3 little ones running underfoot and generating much life and laundry. Lovely post! Have a great friday! Cole

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Thanks so much for stopping by:) I’m still trying to understand how so few people can create the need for so much laundry, myself!

  • Leah Beecher

    What a beautiful write up on the therapeutic nature of laundry. The post after you, before me, posted about how she likes the bundling, washing, drying part, but hates and procrastinates in the dull work of then putting it away. I think there has to be a life lesson in that too, don’t you think?
    Glad I stopped by.
    Your blog is lovely.

    • KimberlyCoyle

      Life lessons from the laundry basket…I think there could be a book in that;) Thanks for stopping by, Leah.

  • Karrilee Aggett

    Laundry makes you exceedingly happy? Well – it’s okay… we can still be friends! 😉 This is beautiful and (almost) makes me want to go fold that pile of clean laundry myself! (Actually – that truly IS what’s next on my list!) Love reading your words, sweet friend!

  • Mark Allman

    Last year my kids and I took my wife out to eat to celebrate her doing 25,000 loads of laundry since we had gotten married. I wrote out a explanation of how she got to the 25,000 loads and gave her a little box of tide to commemorate the event. We praised her for her consistence doing something that rarely is recognized.

  • Heather McCool

    I love where you went with this. The scent and the newness. Nothing like your favorite pjs pants/shirt/blanket warm from the dryer and smelling like the breeze 🙂 Wonderful thoughts pointing me to more wonderful thoughts!