“Never put anything in the washing machine unless the drier is empty.”

Frustrated at the laundry mountain produced by our family of five and being good at that sort of thing, my husband took it upon himself to do a root cause analysis to try to understand how on earth we end up spending hours and hours every Sunday putting all the laundry away so we can find our beds to sleep in.

Me? I’m too busy nagging everyone to pick up their clothes, ferrying it all to the washing machine, putting it in, taking it out, hanging it up over and over again to see beyond the drudgery to have that larger perspective.

With one golden rule – see above – (and a few little ones), he has reduced the laundry by 90%. There’s always less to do than you think. Even laundry.

How? By going upstream.

Whereas I was too busy trying to buy more driers to hang the wet clothes on and drawing up rotas so the kids put bundles of washing away, he tackled what was going into the basket in the first place.

And that’s what I’ve been seeing the value of more and more – instead of trying to upgrade my behaviours, improve my feeling state or even address my noisy thinking, the value of going upstream to consider where our entire experience comes from takes care of everything else that comes down-stream from there.

Here’s a video I created this week for my Simplicity Solution members which explains a little more.

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