My husband wants to know if it’s normal to pile little mountains of clean laundry on to various surfaces around the house. My favorite holding area is a loveseat in our front study slash dining room area. I want to know if anyone actually ever washes and dries laundry, folds it immediately, and then puts it away, neatly folded like out of a magazine? If you do, tell me your SECRET.
I wish I had a laundry fairy, but it’s one of those things that piles up, literally, and we can’t walk around naked so it seems like I am doing laundry at least every other day. And there are only four of us in our household. Of course, my 7 1/2 year old is into the “hey, I’m going to play my DS now so I need to change outfits” (for the third time in one afternoon) mode.
Around the end of March I received an e-mail invite for a blogger retreat in Scottsdale, Arizona, sponsored by Bosch Appliances. Something about laundry blah blah organization blah blah hamper blah blah organization tips (which I desperately need).
I clicked over to the Montelucia Resort & Spa website, the location for the retreat, and was blown away by how gorgeous it was. I’d only been to Arizona once when I was 5 months pregnant with Miss C and working at a banking conference sponsored by the company I work for so it was anything but a retreat. And the last big corporate blog type event I attended was in 2008—Johnson & Johnson’s Camp Baby.
We don’t own any Bosch appliances but I knew from a friend who just purchased a Bosch dishwasher that they are absolutely top-of-the line. Just remember, Bosch rhymes with posh.
We arrived Tuesday and on Wednesday toured the Bosch design gallery, a beautiful facility showcasing all their appliances. There was a lot of drooling over the kitchens.
One of the nicest things about this event was that it actually was a retreat. And even though we were learning about all the amazing things that Bosch does in the laundry room, we didn’t have a cram-packed schedule with tons of speakers. After a day at the Bosch gallery we headed back to the Montelucia and were treated at the spa. At one point we were all waiting at the spa and lounging in our robes talking and sipping on tea and it seemed kind of Sex in the City, although it was more Spa in the Desert Meets Mommy Bloggers. I couldn’t even tell you the last time I had a massage, so that was heavenly.
I’ll be writing a post later about Bosch and some tips provided to us by a manager from The Container Store for whipping even the tiniest of laundry rooms into shape, but until then here are some photos from the breathtaking Montelucia, as well as from the Bosch design gallery. Pictures don’t really do it justice.
Disclosure: My airfare, meals, and accommodations as part of the Bosch blogger retreat were paid for by Bosch, but the opinions and words in this post are all mine.
This was the amazing view from my balcony. I did not even dip a toe into that pool so I’ve GOT to go back now. GOT TO and I’m taking my husband with me.
Bosch From Hamper To Hanger Bloggers: Elizabeth from Traded my BMW For a Minivan; Sarah Kimmel from The Organized Mom and Tech4Mommies (I had virtually met Sarah about two years ago so it was very cool to finally meet her in person); Sugar Jones from Sugar in the Raw; Jocelyn from Hip Mamas Place, Jennifer from The Dirty Shirt; me and my white legs; Katie from La Jolla Mom; Linda from Peachhead Families; Shanna from My Favorite Everything; Julie from Angry Julie Monday; Jennifer from Tiny Oranges; and Caryn from Rockin’ Mama.
Making lunch in one of the state-of-the art Bosch kitchens.
If you give a mommy blogger free license to make a complete mess as part of a laundry experiment, well…she’ll go a little crazy.