Laundry Is My Love Language


Laundry Is My Love Language

Spring is in the air. This means lots of things, and brings lots of excitement and anticipation for the weeks and months ahead. But one of the things that excites me the most about the changing season is the opportunity to go through my kids’ closets and swap out clothes for the warmer weather, and take stock of what they have and what they need. 

As I was going through this exercise recently, I stopped in the moment and realized how content I was.

I was humming, smiling, tenderly folding and hanging tiny shirts and pants. Sorting tiny socks. I took note of how oddly satisfying it was to me to purge too small clothes, free up some hangers, and make lists for what they need. This may sound weird, but organizing and sorting my kids’ clothes and doing their laundry is one of my very favorite things to do. It is one of the things that makes me most feel like I’m a mother, and that I’m taking care of my babies.

For me the act of folding the little bitty clothes and sorting and organizing what my kids will wear every day is the very essence of motherhood. I love it and I embrace it.

Don’t get me wrong; I am a very busy mom just like you probably are. I work outside the home, I have two kids with activities, and wonderful family and friends to try to spend time with. I am not overly domestic in general. There are many other motherly tasks that I consider chores and have to give myself a pep talk to try to embrace them. Bath time, cleaning the house, organizing toys, and doing the dishes are all things I’d totally delegate if I could. Sometimes even cooking dinner is a task I struggle to embrace joyfully. 

But there is just something about the laundry that I love. It is my thing. 

I’m curious, what’s your thing? What is the one thing you love to do for your kids that really captures the essence of motherhood for you? Let us know in the comments — we’d love to hear from you!

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Haley McManigal
Hi there! I’m Haley, a middle-aged-momma to Lukas and Laney, and wife to Dan. I’ve lived in East Tennessee my whole life, and I couldn’t imagine being anywhere else. After moving all over Knox County and surrounding areas, my family has settled in Hardin Valley where we intend to stay at least until the kids graduate from high school. My son was born in 2017, changing my life forever, and my daughter completed our family in 2020. I work as an architect and project manager at a global design firm. I think it’s pretty cool that I get to meet with people from all over the world from my home office on a daily basis. I am happiest when I’m able to strike just the right balance between home and work life. But my family is my greatest treasure and my most fulfilling role in life so far is Mommy. My favorite things are reading, writing, cooking, exploring, and making things. I don’t have much free time these days but when I’m able to squeeze in a few of these activities it really pays off. I love being a part of Knoxville Moms and I cherish the opportunity to share this journey of motherhood here with you!


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