The bottom of the washing basket, Narnia, and other mythical places

December 16, 2015

Letter E canvas

One of the – many – things people gloss over about life with two children is the amount of washing there is. Seriously, so much washing. It seems to breed and breed too, like a Gremlin plus water after midnight. Does the bottom of the washing basket even exist? I suspect not…

It’s a job I can’t imagine anyone enjoys doing. Despite an equal share of labour in this house I seem to have been stuck with most of the clothes cleaning, mainly because I’m physically at home more. And whereas pre-children I used to sort it all our properly, lack of time means everything just goes in either on a ‘clothes’ or a ‘bedding and towels’ wash  (which would explain a couple of shrunken jumper incidents – oops).

How many people really do understand – or pay attention to – washing symbols in clothes? Me and my biggest mini-me were given the task of coming up with a brand new washing symbol, to hopefully make people’s lives easier – and more interesting – when doing the washing.

We had a look the various different symbols that already exist and thought about the meanings, then talked about what our symbol could look like. We briefly thought of designing a heart (to show we love our clothes) or a star (to show how important it is to get clothes on the right wash) before finally deciding on a giant letter E which stands for ‘everything in’, meaning anything marked with it can go in any wash at any temperature. This will hopefully make the lives of the chief clothes washer a lot easier. We also wanted to make it as patterned and colourful as possible, to brighten up people’s lives when they do the washing.

(It’s also someone’s initial – and follows our recent preoccupation with letter hunts).

To bring our symbol to life we got to work with a giant canvas and lots of paint:

paintbrushes paints

We traced  a big E. and then filled it in with lots of colour, patterns and pictures.

letter e

letter e

And tada…

Letter E canvas

What would your new washing symbol look like? Ours turned out to be very apt, because both of us got paint all over our clothes.

Dancing photo

More posts…milestone cards for mums and brilliant Christmas jumpers for children.

This is a collaborative post.


  • Alice

    December 16, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    Love the thought behind the E! I also have so many clothes washing to do – 4 loads today!! – yet i only ever seem to use 3 cycles? Something’s wrong there…

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