And I’m pretty lucky, I understand that. Especially at a time in my life where I have needed all the extra help I can get.
So would I recommend Bosch products to you, as fellow mamas, or as, well, fellow people with dirty clothes?
And there are several reasons why. If you want to know more about my washing machine, you should read my review of the Serie 8, my thoughts on i-DOS, and the Home Connect app.
But would I really spend my money on products like this? I would. Washing machines are not something most people get excited about spending money on. You put dirty clothes in, you fiddle around with fabric detergent, and you wait for it to beep and tell you it’s done. And hope that you didn’t lose three socks in the process (just where do they go?).
And it’s not a fun chore is it? It’s a pain having to go around the house hunting for monkey underpants (Bill’s, not mine). And then there’s sorting it all into piles – lights, colours, darks – and praying you didn’t stick a bright red sock in with your nice white baby vests. And then there is the aftermath.
Now, if you ask my mum and my grandma, they will eye-roll if you say: “Tell us about Charlotte and ironing?”
Charlotte hates ironing. She loathes ironing. She actively finds ways to avoid ironing. And thanks the heavens for Mark not having to wear shirts at work.
I just find it an extremely dull task, I get arm ache, and, especially when I was working, I just didn’t have the time for it. If I had a spare hour, I wanted to take the YOLO approach, and spend it with a glass of Prosecco in my hand. Not battling a shirt with a mind of its own.
I would touch on pairing socks. But I hate that so much that I can’t even bring myself to go there. Especially when Mark’s socks are all black, aside from a tiny (and I mean minuscule) coloured strip along the toe line. It’s like finding a needle in a haystack. I can’t even…
And then there is the putting things away. That aspect of washing feels like it’s a vicious cycle. As just as soon as I’ve hung to final tiny boy animal-themed tshirt and closed the wardrobe door, and another pile of clean washing seems to be breathing down my neck. With a newborn, I am struggling to get chores done at the moment – so you are almost guaranteed to find a pile of washing somewhere in my house at the moment. Just be grateful that it’s clean.
So it probably sounds like I’m having a rant about washing, rather than being supportive of the products I am using.
But that’s the point. If you have to do chores like this, you may as well do them as easily as possible. If you are a stay-at-home mum, juggling house work and kids’ commitments, and forever chasing a cold brew, you need a break. If you’re a working mum with a head full of emails, getting panicked by train delays, and trying to make up for lost time, you need a break.
And to be honest, it doesn’t matter whether you are a parent or not. Chores are necessary. But they shouldn’t be a drain on your time. I have a washing machine that measures my detergent, helps me tackle stains so I’m not throwing something back in after a failed attempt. It’s saving my money.
It’s making it more enjoyable for me to use, because there’s a thrill that I can only relate to getting a new phone. Do you know what i mean? Where you spend ages looking at what it can do, and playing around with it? It makes me enjoy a chore that I otherwise dislike (a lot).
And, yes, I won’t ever be a dedicated ironer. I have a baby with special needs right now, and a little boy who deserves more than just: “In a minute sweetheart.” But the Steam Generator Sensixx DS38 ProHygienic is pretty incredible (and sort of beautiful – for an iron). It heats up in two minutes, and an advanced steam system that speeds the whole (horrible) process up. And that’s the great thing about Bosch – they understand that we just want things to be easier. So we can spend more time doing what we love.
Like eating biscuits and having a (luke-warm) coffee, while your baby snuggles into your chest.
We only get one life – I’d rather spend it doing the things I love. So thanks Bosch – for making that just that bit easier to do.