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Laundry

I'm trying to do less laundry. Well, the laundry is the laundry, but I am trying to do it less often. I usually throw a load of laundry in every day, or at the very least every other day, just to stay on top of it. But I am trying to make this the summer where I let go and hang out at the playground instead of cleaning the house and go to the pool instead of the grocery store and if that means we occasionally run out of milk then I will consider the extra fun with the kids a fair trade for letting them have juice with dinner.

So I am doing laundry less often. Except that it is summer so there are towels and Mia wants to wear her swim team bathing suit every day and there is a limit to how many times I can allow that to happen, and that limit seems to be twice between washes. So I am still pretty much doing laundry every day, but really just the pool-related stuff. I haven't washed the kids' clothes in over a week. I thought it would be liberating, but really it is just stressing me out. Owen is down to four pairs of shorts, but since one pair is a hand-me-down that I don't really care for and another is a pair marked 24 months that I could fit two of him into, he really only has two pairs. And I thought he was down to one pair, but an extra slipped in with the pool wash so he has two.

And this is hideously boring, yes? For me too, but I am spending a lot of time recalling how many pairs of clean shorts Owen has and how many princess nightgowns Mia has left and I sort of want to wear the black skirt I wore last week but it is in the laundry and I am trying so hard to not to do the laundry. But I am thinking it would be a lot more supportive of my fun, relaxed, carefree summer attitude if I just did the damned laundry already so I could stop stressing about it.

Damn, I need a hobby.

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seriously, just put some margarita in your kleen kanteen already and go to the damn pool ;)

but teasing aside, i'd probably be having the same thoughts. put the laundry in and THEN go to the pool ;)

I was always the same. What has saved me is learning how long I can leave wet clothes in the washer before they go icky and how long I can leave dry clothes in the dryer before they get so wrinkly that it's just easier to rinse them all and start the dryer again. We live in a very dry place, so washing at night and starting the dryer first thing in the morning means that before we even need to be anywhere I can have a load done! Keeps me sane and we all know that a sane mommy is a happier mommy. Do what works to keep you happy!

My usual routine is to put a load on a little before bed (maybe you could do it just after the kids went to sleep, if you were so inclined, of course), then when that finishes, and before I go to bed, switching it to the dryer. It does mean more creases, for sure, but most of my stuff is wash and wear (I think the kids' would be too?) and a quick 5-minute warm up does wonders for wrinkle release. (Some dryers even have that fancy pants wrinkle release setting! heh.) Anyway, that's me.
And you totally need a hobby heh.

We (and by "we" I obviously mean "I") do laundry once a week. Once a week, I dump out the hamper, sort everything into loads (about 10, give or take the season, and if I feel like washing everyone's sheets and/or towels this week). I usually do this in the evening, so that I can get a load or two cycled through before bed. Then, the next day I rotate the laundry every hour or so. I dump the clean stuff on our bed, and try to keep up with the folding. By the end of the day, all the laundry is washed, dried, and hopefully folded. Then I talk my husband into helping me put it all away (my least favorite part). And then I don't think about laundry again until next week.

(And do you like how I fold it on our bed? So that we can't go to bed that night until it's put away? If we didn't use that system to FORCE ourselves, I know we'd NEVER put it away.)

As for things I might want to wear again before the week is up? I don't put them in the hamper (unless they are so spilled on/otherwise soiled that they couldn't be worn again). I re-wear most of my favorites a couple of times throughout the week.

I highly recommend this method. Laundry is a drag, and I'd rather just do it for one day and then have 6(ish) days off!

(We hang our pool towels and other wet things on a drying rack in the porch. My kids all have 3ish swimsuits, but they rewear them several times before laundry day rolls around again. They mostly use the same "pool" towel for the week. But! They are dry and AIR DRIED at that, which everyone knows makes them smell cleaner than they are. ;) )

And would you look at that? A MONSTER-sized comment all about laundry. Perhaps you and I could find a hobby together?

Laundry sucks. It NEVER ends. And now I've added to that, hanging it out to dry, but then we get these spontaneous thunderstorms and I have to run out and save the laundry and really, it could have been dry already in the dryer but we all want to be a little bit greener and a little bit cheaper and so this laundry dilemma keeps multiplying as does this sentence and arurhghghghghgh! Again, laundry sucks.

Laundry sucks. It NEVER ends. And now I've added to that, hanging it out to dry, but then we get these spontaneous thunderstorms and I have to run out and save the laundry and really, it could have been dry already in the dryer but we all want to be a little bit greener and a little bit cheaper and so this laundry dilemma keeps multiplying as does this sentence and arurhghghghghgh! Again, laundry sucks.

Laundry sucks. It NEVER ends. And now I've added to that, hanging it out to dry, but then we get these spontaneous thunderstorms and I have to run out and save the laundry and really, it could have been dry already in the dryer but we all want to be a little bit greener and a little bit cheaper and so this laundry dilemma keeps multiplying as does this sentence and arurhghghghghgh! Again, laundry sucks.

Oh and look at that! Posted a bazillion times. Hate computers in the morning. Sorry!

We live in an apartment and don't have our own washer/dryer, altho we do have a laundry room in our building. The upside is - I can do FIVE LOADS AT ONCE. So don't feel sorry for me. I actually kind of like it.

A while back you did a post about emptying the dishwasher and it turned out that it was about someone getting snipped.

Is this post like that? Is "Laundry" code for sex?

I prefer to do the laundry and skip the housework in the summer. The windows are always open so things are dustier but eh, who cares when you're outside? I try to throw the laundry in during nap time and then fold/iron that night while I watch TV. Clean laundry erases the feeling of ignoring the house completely.

Mostly this post just reminded me that I need to put a load in the dryer, but the dryer is full of yesterdays stuff, so I have to get that out first, and I really should shower before I touch nice clean clothes but if I wait I'll forget altogether and then Owen won't have any pj's for tonight.

At least we seem to be in the same crazy boat.

I've been awful about laundry lately. Harley never tells me he is low on clothes until he's all out of his socks or underwear. I feel like I'm always doing laundry and if I'm in the Hot Tub regularly, I'm washing a bunch of towels.

It is summer and I don't want to be slave to laundry or chores.

I only do the laundry every 2 weeks if I can manage it. I hate the laundry and I just can't bring myself to wash more often, plus no time. I don't want to be a slave to the washer! So the boys have learned not to get too attached to certain clothes, because they may not see them again for WEEKS. Ha!

You need to get yourself some teenagers. I have trained all three of mine to do their own laundry. Your favourite shirt hasn't been washed for two weeks? Guess who's fault that is? Not mine...booyah!!

Could you maybe try washing them on your regular schedule but put the folding and putting away off? That way the clothes are clean when you need them but the time it takes to deal with them every day is shorter...

Laundry is a job with no end in sight. Whether I do it every day or not, it's always there. I have also been trying to do laundry less often b/c I never get everything put away before it starts to pile up again. And I like to complete things from start to finish- which never happens these days. I have yet to find the happy medium of doing 'enough' laundry. So, wow, my comment isn't helpful at all--I am just here to empathize!

As a former swimmer, I wouldn't wash suits very often at all. Rinse in cold water in the sink and air dry. They will wear very fast otherwise.

Ugh - I hate laundry. I try to only do laundry on Mondays & Fridays, though I almost always have to sneak at least one load of darks in mid-week. It works well for me.

Marie Green's mention about folding onto the bed made me laugh. I fold laundry on our bed, and I have to stop because it's going to lead to my husband's eventual death. He ALWAYS makes it up to bed before the kids & I do. If the laundry is still on the bed, he puts his laundry away. Puts the kids' in their rooms. Leaves mine on the f*#@ing bed, gets in, and eventually accidentally knocks it all to the floor as he flops around in his sleep. I knew when I married him that he was part-idiot on his dad's side...

I don't think I've ever heard of someone washing swim suits! We always just rinsed.

I can't relate much to all that laundry -- single gal, in an apartment with three washers and dryers so doing my laundry for the whole week takes 75 minutes total. But I'm kind of thinking to just do the laundry, because doing TONS of loads all in one day is a perfectly good way to ruin a whole day.

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