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.
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.