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What should I say in this situation? "Laundry-related house chore"

1- My mother is talking to me while I'm in the balcony hanging laundry. I want to tell her "One minute mom, I'm ....... the laundry", kindly fill in the space please :)

2- My mother is talking to me while I'm in the balcony taking the laundry off the clothesline. I want to tell her "One minute mom I'm ....... the laundry", kindly fill in the space please :)

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1- My mother is talking to me while I'm in the balcony hanging laundry. I want to tell her "One minute mom, I'm (tending to/doing/hanging) the laundry"

"Tending to" would mean "taking care of (the condition of)" and this can be used at any juncture you are generally taking care of your laundry. Whether washing, ironing, dyeing, drying, etc."Doing" would suggest that the laundry is the subject of your concentration and you are engrossed in that activity and is often associated more closely with the act of washing. "Hanging" the laundry is to describe the specific activity that you are engaged in with the clothing. You're not washing or ironing but hanging the clothes (out to dry), correct? So for this reason, you can simply say "i'm hanging the laundry".

2- My mother is talking to me while I'm in the balcony taking the laundry off the clothesline. I want to tell her "One minute mom, I'm "tending to/bringing in" the laundry"

Bringing in the laundry translates to the clothes being retrieved from one location to be brought to another. Example; "One minute mom, I'm (bringing in) the laundry".

*I should say, there are other ways of relating retrieving clothes from the clothesline but these would not be naturally-occuring phrases. It would be awkward phrasing. For example;

"One minute mom, I'm (retrieving/taking in) the laundry".

**"Taking in" the laundry may mean performing alterations on the garments, reducing their size for a snug fit.

Or just mean transporting the laundry to an interior location; from outside to inside.

**Phrasing used in the US.

Hope I helped you understand some things. Haha (⌒-⌒; ) (*^_^*)

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Many thanks for your elaborate answer. It helped me a lot ;)

Pete Roome Pete Roome (0) on 22/07/13

Great answer!
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One minute, Mom. I'm hanging out (or up) the laundry.

or

One minute. I'm hanging the clothes on the line.

I'll be in in a minute.

One minute, Mother. I'm taking the clothes off the line.

or

One minute. I'm taking down the laundry.

or

One minute. I'm bringing in the laundry.

I'll be right in.

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Many thanks :)

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