Tips on how to cling laundry — southern Alberta girl’s TikTok video goes viral
LETHBRIDGE – When Carol Larson joined TikTok about a year ago – right before everything shut down due to COVID-19 – it was a way for the 29-year-old to “find fun things to cheer you up when everything is sad.” in the world.”
The mother of three from Coalhurst, Alta. says she mostly posts videos about what she calls “relatable mom content” and focuses on her family.
“Funny things your kids do, what they don’t eat, all that stuff,” she said.
But it wasn’t until she released a “Life Hack” – a time-saving way to hang shirts – that she found overnight success.
“It’s now 6.4 million views, a million likes and nearly 15,000 comments,” said Larson, who recorded the video as she put her laundry away.
“I learned how to hang shirts in retail stores and I thought it was kind of cool.”
It turned out that many people felt the same way and there were many views almost immediately.
“It got up to 100,000 views and I just loved it. I thought this was the coolest thing ever,” she said.
Then it exceeded a million views.
“I thought this was unreal,” said Larson.
At first she tried to reply to all comments, but soon lost track of things. Larson says most were positive, and some people said she had changed their lives and that they would do their laundry this way from now on.
“People want me to be their mom, which is funny because I’m only 29,” she said.
Of course, there will always be critics when it comes to social media.
“There are some comments like, ‘If you hang them like this, they’ll all get wrinkled,” Larson said.
“I think I don’t care about wrinkles, they’ve been in the corner for a week, they’re already wrinkled.”
She says others have asked, “Why are you putting your husband’s shirts away?”
But Larson says she’s happy to add a bit of fun to everyday chores in life, like doing laundry.
People have asked to share their video on Instagram and it continues to pick up views while others respond with their own TikTok video.
“Thousands of people are making a video of themselves, watching my video, and trying my way to hang, so that’s pretty cool too,” said Larson.
Her eight-year-old thinks the sudden success is cool. Her five-year-old was impressed that Dan Povenmire, one of the creators of the American animated television series Phineas and Ferb, and the voice of Dr. Heinz Doofenschmirtz, were among those who liked their video.
Even Carol’s husband, Brent, who has appeared in some of her previous TikTok creations, has become something of a believer.
“He always asks me how many views there are now and when we are moving into a fancy mansion,” she said.
Carol said she told him he wasn’t married to a famous person, he was married to a one-hit miracle.
Larson’s TikTok following has grown from 800 to nearly 26,000, and with success, so does the pressure.
“I have to do something,” she said.
Larson is already thinking about follow-up ideas that will likely follow a similar theme as putting the rest of her laundry away.
“For example, how I fold my child’s pajamas. I roll them up and put them in my drawers or like I keep their socks by the front door, “she said.