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Haste Makes Waste a/k/a What Are These Purple Streaks on My Laundry?

Haste Makes Waste a/k/a What Are These Purple Streaks on My Laundry?

Being in a hurry doesn’t pay!

A few months ago, I had a really busy schedule ahead for the weekend, so on that Friday night I had this bright idea to do a few “quick” loads of laundry. “Quickly” threw a load in the washer, and then the dryer (I will pause here to say I don’t usually dry all of my clothes in the dryer. I usually hang them to dry; but of course, I was trying to make this “quick”.)

When the buzzer sounded on the dryer, I opened the door to find almost all of the clothes (including a pair of my son’s white baseball pants) had dark purple streaks all over them. By now, it was about midnight and I was standing there staring at the clothes, wondering what caused the purple streaks. Peering into the dryer, I discovered a tube of my lipstick all melted down to the quick inside. I must’ve had it in my jacket pocket, and in my haste to get the clothes washed and dried, I didn’t check the pockets.

I was devastated. Not only did I lose my favorite purple lippie, now many of my clothes were stained with lipstick. Dark purple lipstick. There I was at midnight, standing in my laundry room, spraying the clothing I thought could be salvaged with hairspray and then scrubbing with Dawn dish detergent (because that’s what “Googling” told me to do.) I was able to get most of the purple stains out…but some I could not, and I lost a couple of articles of clothing I really liked. Destroyed. All because I was in a hurry. And my “quick” loads of laundry turned into 3 hours of work.

Haste makes waste – Merriam Webster defines the term as: doing something too quickly causes mistakes that result in time, effort, materials, etc., being wasted.  So appropriate for my laundry fiasco!

Think of all the disasters we create by diving into things too fast and making impulsive decisions.

  • falling in “love” too quickly (although I do believe in love at first sight).
  • accepting a position without researching whether it’s a good fit for you.
  • making a quick decision to move away to a new city without giving yourself time to figure out if there are any real reasons why you can’t stay where you are
  • taking action based on emotion – particularly negative emotions.

And so on…

Less procrastination, being intentional in your decision-making, carving out a proper allotment of time for tasks or events, saying “no” to things that overly complicate your calendar – these are the things that keep life simple, so there’s less haste and less waste involved.  And less stress!

I learned a valuable lesson with my laundry mistake – haste truly does make waste.  Not to mention that hairspray and scrubbing with Dawn dish detergent can remove lipstick stains.  On some things.

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Bettye Burney
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Bettye Burney

Great post Janine. My grandparents used that quote many times, ‘haste makes waste’, and if I’d only listened. Throughout life I’ve been like you to hurry instead of taking the time. When I was in the workforce I’d find myself having to do a task over, staying longer at work because I didn’t check my work before submitting it and would talk to myself for being in a hurry. I took to heart ‘what are these purple streaks on my laundry’ as a lesson tool. Slow down and do it right the first time and you won’t waste precious time… Read more »

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