How often should I do laundry with my husband, myself and my 2 kids

Deanna - posted on 06/09/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I have 4 of us in my family. Its my husband, myself, my 5 year old daughter and my 4 year old son. The other stuff would be towels, sheets and comforters. I am usually the only one that cleans the house and does the laundry so I was just wanting advice on how to manage the laundry and getting it under control to where I don't feel so overwhelmed and tired. Thanks

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Jane - posted on 06/09/2011

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My brother calls this conundrum "managing the textiles" and has basically capitulated to never seeing all the way down to the bottom of the hamper.

I generally do one load a day now. When my athletic daughter is home we have a lot more dirty clothes, but she likes to do her own laundry (yes!). My biggest problem is that no matter how many hampers there are and no matter where they are located in the house, my son refuses to put his dirty clothes in a hamper. I have stated the laundry rule for years: if it is in the hamper I will wash it. That means if you don't put your clothes in the hamper you won't have clean clothes. My son still won't put his clothes in (he is 16 BTW and is perfectly capable of doing his own laundry if he so chooses). So the school fusses at him for not having clean clothes. But there are no changes to his habits.

The one good thing about it is that I know he doesn't have a girl friend!

When the kids were little I basically did two loads every day. Sometimes the second load was sheets or towels, sometimes it was clothing. The first was always clothing.

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I do two loads a day. One load is diapers at night. Other than that, here is my typical laundry routine:

I have two baskets in the bathroom. One for clothes and one for towels. First thing in the morning I put on a load of whichever basket is full (if both are full, I chose towels and do the clothes the next day). They are usually dry by naptime, and that's when I watch a bit of tv and fold at the same time. I put them away as soon as I'm done folding. DONE for the day until it's time to do diapers at night. If neither basket is full, I use that day to wash bedsheets. About once a week I have a laundry free day...except for the night time diaper load.

Karen - posted on 06/09/2011

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Yeah you pretty much have to do 1 load a day. Try to stick to it and I too leave clothes out on the line if I forget about them. They are fine out there. Might have to brush some spider webs off the clothes pins but the clothes are fine. I think it gives them more of that fresh air smell. i've even had to leave them out in the rain. loading the washer a night is good too. In the winter I can wash them at night and throw them in the dryer and be ready to start the dryer and another load of wash at the same time. I have a family of 5 and though it's only 1 more person, i can't do it all in one day if I get backed up. If it doesn't stink or look dirty, throw it back in the drawer. Towels I reuse also for at least 2 days. The kids have thicker towels that they can use all week. So that works!

Anna - posted on 06/09/2011

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For me, the hardest part of the laundry is the folding, especially with toddlers trying to 'help.' I have started to fold a load during their daily bath (for us it's in the morning, I have early risers and this just works well for us). My kids are young enough to bathe together, but old enough that they are pretty much fine playing by themselves and are happy like that for a long time, but I still need to be in the bathroom watching them. Laundry is how I make use of that time.

Jackie - posted on 06/09/2011

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thats another thing with laundry. Sometimes i throw in clothes which are not even dirty. If they dont look dirty or smell dirty then what is another day to wear them?

Jackie - posted on 06/09/2011

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wow there are seven of us in the house and i am usually the one who does the laundry. However I do have the advantage of living with my inlaws so my mother in law and I share the chores. I always just put the clothes in the wash the night before and in the morning, i just turn the washing machine on whilst i get on with whatever i need to do for that day. I have to admit i do forget the wash in the machine half the time but if you are living in an area where its sunny most of the day and night then dont worry about leaving it outside for an night or two. The last time it started raining and i did not go and get them for two days...constant rain and a garden full of wet mud is not a good combination.

Corinne - posted on 06/09/2011

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There's 4 of us too. I do a load every morning, run the eldest to school, throw washing on the line or in the dryer. I do the same with all the household chores, a little bit everyday, then it doesn't seem such a huge job. :)

Michelle - posted on 06/09/2011

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I do laundry on tue, thurs, and sat. It's usually about one or two loads a day except on Saturday's when I change the sheets.

Brianna - posted on 06/09/2011

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i would suggest having 1 day a week were u do all ur laundry or you could do 1 load everyday (throw a load in the machine first thing in the morning)

Christy - posted on 06/09/2011

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My SiL has a good routine, she has a once a week laundry day where she does all the laundry that day. There's just four of them at her house, too. I have to much laundry for the six of us to do it all in one day.

Elfrieda - posted on 06/09/2011

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Well, many people say to do one load per day. I tend to do 3 or 4 loads in one day every week and a half or so, whenever the laundry hamper fills up.

One thing I would suggest is to reduce the amount of stuff you wash. For example, instead of putting the towels in the hamper every day, use the same towel all week, just hang it to dry between uses. If the pants are still clean, put them away instead of into the dirty clothes pile. I can imagine that very few clothes stay clean when your kids wear them, but maybe they're past the stage where they make you all sticky, too.

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