My washer has been on the fritz for about a year now. Something is wrong with the sensor that should tell the water to stop filling into the machine. If I don’t monitor the machine the water will continue to overfill the machine and flow right onto the floor. I have tried to leave the machine to do another task all the while planning to make it back to the laundry room in time. But I would be sadly disappointed upon return.

It would frustrate me to return to the laundry room to find that the water had overflowed while I was distracted in another area of the house. So not only did I have laundry to do that day, but I would also spend the next hour or so mopping up gallons of water. I have had to exercise a measure of patience in dealing with this situation. So what things can I do to solve this problem? This time waiting for the washer to fill is now spent tidying my laundry room which often gets neglected. Here is what I do while waiting for the…

Washing Machine to fill:

*Sweep the laundry room floor while waiting for the water to fill the machine.

*Wipe washer and dryer. Clean up any detergent spills. Wipe the bottoms of the laundry detergent containers.

*Fold the clothes in the dryer.

*Load the dryer

*Clean the lint trap

*Organize/Tidy the laundry room book shelf

*Use this time to gather items from the deep freezer that need to be transferred to the kitchen freezer.

*Sort dirty clothes

*Iron a clothing item such as hubby’s work pants or shirt

Dinner to cook:

*Wash the dishes

*Load the dishwasher

*Read (to myself or to the children)


*Sweep or mop the floor

*Organize a cabinet

*Wipe a shelf or two in the fridge

*Wipe out the microwave

*Mend something (socks, brassiere, shorts, etc.)

*Mix up and knead a batch of bread

While I am under the hooded hair dryer

*Mend something (socks, brassiere, shorts, etc.)



*Paint my nails or my children’s (toes and/or fingers)

*Dinner prep-peel potatoes, stalk corn etc.

I do not multi-task every time I engage in these home keeping task. Sometimes I just stare at the water as it fills and allow my mind to wander (which has caused me to actually allow the water to fill over while I was day dreaming).

In addition there are times when I do absolutely nothing while under the dryer. I simply allow the noise to drown out everyone around me. I mess around with the kids when I am under the dryer by acting like I cannot hear them. So, now when they come to talk to me they give me hand signal instead of actually trying to talk to me. But lets keep this secret between you and me.

Do you multitask? If so let me know what I have missed. Leave a comment sharing some of your methods.


  1. Joy says

    My husband is also not gifted in multi tasking. I am huge on multitasking. My main one also is during cooking dinner, I will usually be tidying the kitchen or helping my oldest with her homework.

    My bathroom is right next to the kitchen so many times I monitor the 2 and 4 year old in the tub while I do dishes.

    I am also big on multitasking while I clean. I will usually be doing dishes, laundry, and picking up at the same time.(letting dishes soak as I go about other things and coming back to them every 2 or 3 minutes, I’m not one of the lucky ones who has a dishwasher LOL)

    I’m enjoying your blog, this is my first visit, very fun to read!


  2. Dawn says

    I think many of us ladies are born to be multi task-full 🙂 God knows we can juggle doing different things at the same time.

    I will ask my husband to do 2 or 3 things and he freaks out and gets mad because ‘I am asking him to do too much’…lol.
    So I have learned to make him a to-do list and that works much better for him. 🙂


  3. DeNiece Barnes says

    I mulitask all the time, for example when I am letting the children do their worksheets in their homeschool lessons I will be prepping my dinner for that day and also starting my washer and folding clothes all at the same time, and if I am cleaning the kitchen I usually wipe down the appliances and load the diswasher, sometimes I even be making ice tea in the tea maker while all of this is going on..


  4. Earthmommy says

    There are two main times when I multi-task. One is when I am cooking dinner and I use this time to read, tidy the kitchen, do the dishes, or clean the microwave. Sometimes I will sometimes write a little during this time too.

    I also multi-task when I’m teaching. Yesterday is the perfect example. While Ashley and I did her history lesson together, I helped Aspen with some simple sticker activities from her farm unit. We had fun.

    By the way you might want to visit

    It’s a message board all about appliance repair and I was able to fix a problem with my washer with info from there.

    My first post in my Proverbs 31 study is up today. I hope you’ll visit when time permits!


  5. HopewellMomSchool says

    I do try to multitask. I’m more successful if my son isn’t home though! Examples include: fixing two meals at once, packing my lunch while waiting for the iron to heat up (it’s old), or (my personal favorite 🙂 ) reading a good book while watching a favorite movie! Like all Moms, I find personal “veg” time to be amazingly useful when I can find it!


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