We split the household duties in our house – my husband is the kitchen person, for the most part. He cooks, cleans the dishes, and so on. I help him out and act as his sous chef sometimes, but he’s the No. 1 in the kitchen.

Me, I do the laundry. I know how much bleach to put in, which clothes do better in a cold wash, and which pants belong to which boy. I also know how to fold pants and towels better than anyone else. The hubby helps out and usually folds the napkins, because everyone criticizes how I fold them. Even the 12-year-old.

There’s a point, and I’m getting to it now. Don’t worry.

Today I joined my friend Cyna at the SXSW keynote given by Marie Kondo. She’s apparently really well-known for her KonMari method of de-cluttering your life. My brain has felt cluttered lately, so I thought that a de-cluttering expert might have some wisdom for me. I’m not big on getting rid of belongings; it’s always been a difficult thing for me. But I also haven’t cared about it.

This woman, though, knows how to fold a shirt. And pants. And hoodies. And socks. Yes, socks. They all stand up so nicely and fit in drawers so nicely and looked ever-so-cute and, well, organized. Way easier to see what clothes you have. The amount of time to fold everything in her method, though, well, I felt a bit overwhelmed thinking about it.

But I would love to be able to have everyone’s clothes so well-organized.

So, part two. The Panasonic House is featuring really out-there future tech in a competition. There were interesting ones there, but nothing that really blew my mind. I was thinking about voting for the one that instinctively knew whether your sake was supposed to be cold or hot or something (to be honest, I’m not 100% sure what it did).

But then, I saw it.

The Laundroid.

Basically, it looks like a big wardrobe with a drawer at the bottom. You dump in a bunch of cleaned clothing and it recognizes what family member each piece belongs to and what each piece of clothing is. AND THEN FOLDS IT FOR YOU.

I stood there, mesmerized by the video that showed how the image recognition technology is able to tell from a scrunched up T-shirt that it is a T-shirt and whose T-shirt it actually was.

Mesmerized. I watched it over and over and over. I was ready to yell, “Take my money!”

Needless to say, I voted for the Laundroid.

All that’s left is to be able to train the Laundroid to fold in the KonMari method and my life will be complete.

Photo by Martijn van Exel via Flickr Creative Commons.

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