Monday, 16 May 2011

The Washing Machine Fairy

The Workaholic is a slob at home.  At work he's organised and conscientious but at home he's a total mess.  It drives me mad.  He is constantly leaving his clothes on the floor where he took them off, he scrunches wet towels so they sit on top of the towel rail (I swear this has to take more time than hanging the towel), he drops crumbs everywhere, he manages to spill everything he uses in the kitchen and always leaves the kitchen looking like a cyclone blew through.  I always joke he is like having two extra kids.

There are some positives to this walking disaster area, he cooks, he irons, he happily replaces things he breaks or loses and best of all, he is the Washing Machine Fairy.

He's always left money in his clothes but it has only been in the last 12 months that I have come to truly appreciate how much he contributes to my cunning fund.

About 12 months ago I decided to go on a scrap booking retreat this coming weekend.  My Creative Memories consultant, handed out a money box that she had decorated, so we could save for the weekend.  I put it on the kitchen counter next to another money box we use for found change (oh yeah he leaves change and the other contents that fall out of his pockets wherever they fall) and forgot about it for a while.  Then one day I was wondering which one to put some change in when I decided it seemed silly having the two sitting together so I moved one to the laundry.  Score!  It turns out, this was an inspired decision.

I have banked almost twice the cost of the weekend away and the facial I have booked for said weekend!!

Today I opened another full box (I've been using the tin type that you have to break to open, this way there is no pilfering) and in the last 6 weeks the total from the Washing Machine Fairy was $114.80 and another $6.65 in today's loads.  That's $121.45 in 6 weeks.

Thanks Washing Machine Fairy!

I'm very strict about it too.  I put everything I find into the money box.  I often get notes, but none in this tin.  I got a $100 note in the last one.  So to be honest, in this case I am Glad for this bad habit!

Now if I could just find something to be glad about sitting on a wet toilet seat in the middle of the night...

I'm playing along with Glowless @ Where's My Glow? this week



  1. Regardless of whether he cooks or irons you still have an obligation as a wife to vent about his misgivings hahaha!! I love the idea of the washing machine fairy - nice initiative. Have a great weekend this weekend you deserve it. Jacqui x

  2. Thanks Jacqui, I cannot wait. I need a creative and fun break from my day to day life. It's wearing me down more than usual lately. Sigh. Oh woe is me... ;D

  3. Love your positive spin on things! If I didn't have a shared washing machine (with four other tenents) I would certainly start this tradition! Have a great time at the conference--anyone as clever as you deserves a vacation! :)

  4. Love the name of this blog! Once, a long time ago, I watched the movie Pollyanna (I think I have the book too) and whenever someone mentions the glad game it reminds me of that story!

    Great post! Unfortunately, I'm not one of those people that have spare change lying around anywhere! I always use it and it's gone before it has the chance to hit the money tin (which in our house is usually a friday-night-movie fund.)

  5. Brilliant!! Such a great idea. For years my dad has emptied his change from his wallet every day and at the end of the year used the money to buy me a birthday present :)


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