We are truly living in the wellness age. Everything from what we eat and how we sleep to the way we fold our clothes has been rebranded as an opportunity to practice self-care. The wellness industry, estimated to be worth $1.5 trillion, or the GDP of Brazil, will sell you everything you need to live well. Yet washing clothes—a task so central to domestic life—stubbornly remains a chore. How has it resisted wellnessification? Perhaps it’s just because it’s so unpopular—doing the laundry consistently ranks in surveys as people’s least favorite household task. Or else it’s because the wellness hive mind has failed to market such decidedly unglamorous tasks as sorting lights from darks or hanging out damp washing as being a vital part of your personal care regime. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-One Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 19 Going Incognito We all secretly wonder what mischief we’d make if invisible: When our identity is hidden, everything seems possible. Arts & Culture Issue 19 The Best Policy Sometimes we talk to each other without feeling heard. Honesty—a most intimate interaction—can be just as thrilling as its more devious inverse. Arts & Culture Issue 19 A Sense of Suspense With unhinged imaginations and mountains of cliff-hangers, the filmmakers behind the sci-fi podcast Limetown have all the makings of a scary story. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Like Clockwork In this new column about time, we learn how slipping off our watches makes us feel like deadline-damning renegades. Arts & Culture Music Issue 19 On a Grander Scale Malaysian singer-songwriter Yuna now may live on the opposite side of the globe, but she’s determined to evolve while staying true to her roots. Arts & Culture Issue 19 Neighborhood: Fire Stations The firefighting profession has evolved over time from Ancient Rome’s rudimentary bucket brigades to today’s sleek life-saving departments.