The Washing Fairy

by Lori Dwyer on April 12, 2011 · 20 comments

Another post from the Before… I thought something light was needed after yesterday, no…?


Dirt is good,

As we know, here is the Purple House I go all FlyLady style and wash at least once a day, every day. I have to, remember? It’s part of the Minimum Code of HouseKeeping Conduct. Every second day, I wash twice a day, to accommodate the load of very pretty, stinky cloth nappies (diapers, whatever) that have accumulated in the pile.

 Erm.. not this kind of washing Fairy, thanks anyway RetroToGo.

And I’m big on sunshine. The dryer very rarely gets a workout, everything goes out on the clothesline. The totally crap clothesline that is not a huge, efficient Hills Hoist but rather one of those stupid pull-out-from-the-wall lines that only just fits one load of washing, plus one load of diapers (nappies, whatever).

To add to that, because our backyard is a shrine to rampant consumerism, with it’s spa, outdoor setting, barbecue, sandpit and so on and so forth; the only conceivable place for the clotheslines to go is in the three metre wide space between two two-story houses. It’s in shade for more than half the day. In winter, my clothesline actually grows moss on the cement underneath it.


And still, I persist with the cloth whatever (nappies,diapers). It’s the sense of smug satisfaction that I get whenever I bring in a clean, shiny, pretty, fresh, smellin’ o’ sunshine load that keeps me going on.


That is totally not the point of this post.

I’m here to find out- am I the only lucky SAHM who is blessed with a Washing Fairy?

She doesn’t do the washing- I imagine it would be far too heavy, for a fairy, and the ammonia fumes from the nappy bucket would clear knock her out. Besides that, as we know, housework fairies are lazy. I still haven’t heard from my Cleaning Fairy. Bitch.

What the Washing Fairy does do, is leave me little surprises. Don’t get her confused with the WashBasket Troll, who puts tissues and *ahem* packets of cigarettes in the pockets of clothes, to be run through the wash and cause a great big mess.

The Washing Fairy leaves monetary rewards for a job well done.

It’s been a while since she visited. I was actually thinking she’d run off with cleaning fairy. But, lo and behold, just the other day I went to (totally awesomeness brand new front loading) washing machine (which I would highly recommend, because, as I said, it’s totally awesomeness) and- huzzah!

The Washing Fairy has been!!

And what’s even better, is the Man knows not of her existence. Nobody tell him. I’m fairly sure this Washing Fairy pilfers his cash to reward my work, not having gainful employment of her own. But that will be our little secret.


Washing Fairy, you are rock and roll. Don’t ever leave.

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What the Kell April 13, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Man, that bitch never comes to see me!


River April 13, 2011 at 8:07 pm

oh noes!! you are a money launderer!
Ha ha.
I love the sunshiny fresh smell of line dried clothes too, and getting into a bed made with freshly washed and dried sheets is heaven!


Hear Mum Roar April 12, 2011 at 8:59 pm

Mine's a tight-arse! Only coins, and hardly ever.


Sam-O April 12, 2011 at 8:17 pm

I love the washing fairy. She is paying for my girls weekend away and spa treatments next month!
I have a money box next to the washing machine and the Workaholic never empties his pockets. I get notes and coins. I use those tin boxes that you can't open except by ruining it (no stealing from the stash) and have a strict personal rule that this money from the washing fairy goes into the money box. It's just for my personal treats…


Glowless @ Where’s My Glow April 12, 2011 at 7:08 pm

Gotta love plastic money!
And that ammonia smell smacks in the face every.single.time. – you'd think I'd have learned by now!


bekkles April 12, 2011 at 5:54 pm

This was the real reason to introduce plastic money. It was to transform one of the washing trolls into a beautiful fairy!


Mich April 12, 2011 at 1:39 pm

i once found $90 in the washing machine, did i give back to the hubby? Nope, i snaffled it. gotta love the washing fairy.


Kakka April 12, 2011 at 11:23 am

WOW my washing fairy only leaves $2 coins at the most, you must have rich fairy indeed. xxx


Amy April 12, 2011 at 9:13 am

Ha! Love it :)


Sarah April 12, 2011 at 8:54 am

Oh how bizarre, we were only talking about this on Sunday! My washing fairy leaves me with boring things like Melissa, cars & occasionally toys.


Melissa April 12, 2011 at 8:47 am

Well bugger. I don't have one of those. I only have the wash basket troll. Who leaves me tissues, bits of paper, toy cars, an occasional shoe (SAMUEL!!!!), and once or twice, my mobile phone…


Tina Gray April 12, 2011 at 8:40 am

Damn! Mine only leaves me coins.


Kelloggsville April 12, 2011 at 8:20 am

Now that's the benefit of waterproof money! We aren't that advanced yet and I have to carefully unravel a ball of paper and hope it has the Queen on it, then dry it out very carefully. For a colonial y'all very advanced ;)


Susie April 12, 2011 at 8:15 am

LOL-I sometimes get tips like that. And then there are times I get a lot more dangerous tip in my washer.
Hope it's okay to put the link in here-think you might appreciate it. :-)


Photographer Mum April 12, 2011 at 8:14 am

I love when that happens!!! Yay for the washing fairy!


Steph(anie) April 12, 2011 at 8:07 am

Visits from the Washing Fairy make me very happy.


Tara @ Our Whirlwind Adventures April 12, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I wish I had a washing fairy. My hubby is a stingey bastard, so the minute I say I am doing the washing, he cleans out his pockets. Probably a good thing since the papers in his pocket could make a nasty mess, but it also means no money for me.
Not to mention he never has cash on him, anyway.


thatblogyoudo April 12, 2011 at 11:45 am

This is too cool, like kakka mine only leaves coins.


Good Golly Miss Holly! April 12, 2011 at 9:25 am

The dryer fairy presented me with a $50 once, and nothing since. Bastard!

Reply April 12, 2011 at 8:43 am

Oh wow, my fairy only leaves me coins. I thinks she forgets she's been promoted from tooth fairy!


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