A friend of mine recently confessed to reading Vogue magazine in the laundry. I stared at her quizzically, Vogue in the laundry? Sensing my doubt, she went on to explain how it was actually a stroke of genius because if she were to dare and try and read it on the lounge (as normal childless people would), she would be interrupted with an endless barrage of requests and complaints from her children. You know the gratingly irritating kind like, ‘she stole my iPad’ or ‘their biscuit is bigger than mine’ or my personal favourite ‘he’s looking at me.’ However, if she was in the laundry, a place so dull, that no one other than those who absolutely must would go, she found that her time was uninterrupted. And so, ‘Vogue in the Laundry’ was born.
I have to hand it to her, it truly was a brilliant idea. Not only was it sound, (my kids never go into the laundry unless it is for time out), but it was one so good that I too, would have to implement in my own home. Immediately. Sensing my excitement my friend went on to say that as a way to take this particular activity 'to the next level,' she also takes with her a nice glass of sauvignon blanc to enjoy as she is flipping through the pages. Now she was really talking my language. All I needed to truly make this picture perfect would be diffusing some gorgeous essential oils to cover up the smell of ‘dirty, smelly boy’ that wafts mercilessly from the piles of unwashed clothes that always seem to be there no matter no many loads of washing I do.
Now I know what you are thinking: If you are childless, you will be horrified. The very idea of vogue magazine, the epitome of glamour and style, sharing the airspace with dirty clothes is so very uncouth that is utterly and totally unfathomable. (My 20-year-old self would most definitely agree with this.) However, if you have kids you will not only understand but celebrate this initiative with gusto and enthusiasm. We mothers all know too well that ‘quiet time’ is as precious as gold and rarer than the holy grail. So, if reading vogue in the laundry is going to help us achieve this, then yes this is exactly what we are going to do. Sure, we may have to share space with the dirty laundry or the cats smelly litter box, but this is a trade-off that we Mothers are more than happy to make.
About the author
So, who is the Princess in Steelcap Boots? That’s me; shopaholic, chatterbox, book lover and collector of pink things. I am the girliest of girls, who happens to live in a house full of boys – my husband, my two sons, even our dog is a boy! Life in my household is hectic, loud, messy and most of all smelly! When I’m not immersing myself in reading or writing, I can usually be found wielding an electric drill and donning a high-vis vest and a pair of steelcap boots, whilst at work in my husband’s business. (For evidence click here)…