That's my new mantra.
I spent a good ten minutes vacuuming out my washing machine this morning. Yep. I remembered that I had washed a load of laundry yesterday afternoon and neglected to put it in the dryer. Not a big deal, everyone does it. But when I opened the washer to re-wash the laundry, I saw that everything was covered in something white. At first glance I thought it was just lint and that a towel or something was peeling very badly. I went to pull some of it off and realized that it was not lint, oh no! That would be too simple. It felt like damp tissue. IT WAS TOILET PAPER.
I pulled everything out and sifted through the items, covering the floor and myself with tiny shreds of damp tissue, and found cardboard from the rolls and a Quilted Northern wrapper. I had washed more than one rolls of toilet paper. There was tissue all inside the washer, stuck in the little holes that drain it. How did this happen, you ask. Well, we store the toilet paper above our washer and dryer on a shelf. Correction, we stored them on a shelf above the washer and dryer. I assume a pack fell in while I was doing laundry and I failed to notice.
I was completely annoyed and stressed out about the situation at first. I almost threw it all away but I'd have to buy new towels and yoga pants. So, I decided to take them outside to see if I could shake them out enough to toss them in the dryer and let the lint trap catch the rest.
There was so much tissue on the towels that when I tried to shake it off, it looked like it was snowing. I just started laughing. I yelled for my husband to come look and he smiled and my stress melted away for the moment. I had him take a video and I called my son downstairs to watch it "snow." He thought it was awesome.
Then I spent the next hour and a half shaking out the "snow" and vacuuming the deck, the floor, and the washer and dryer. The lint trap on the dryer got full eight times. I emptied the vacuum three times. It was nuts.
What did I learn from this experience? Aside from paying more attention to what I'm doing and what is going on around me, I learned to laugh at a stressful situation. I need to do more of that. We all do.