Never Ending Washing Pile, forever doing washing in my household!!

@kiran1978 (4137)
Australia
April 17, 2008 5:06am CST
In my household I do a load of washing a day sometimes two and I am still not on top of it. It is so frustrating as there always is lots of towels to wash. I have had to become the towel natzi (lol) this week. I gave everyone in the house a towel and wrote their coloured towel on a peice of paper and stuck it on the fridge. They can use their towel for a few days before getting a new one. If I did not do this, sometimes I have like towels a day to wash. So far this system is helping a little bit. Mind you I have three children, myself and my partner in the house that is alot of clothes to wash. My kids also wear something once, then it is straight in washing pile. My 3 year old seems to change a few times a day, she gets the slighest spot on her and wants to change. I do try and make sure she doesn't change all the time. So how many loads are you doing a day? Is your pile like MT Everest too? If not, what is your secret on cutting back washing.
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• United States
17 Apr 08
I have often threatened my family that we are going to go naked one day for the whole day just so I can get every stitch of clothing in the house washed...lol. My oldest daughter does her own laundry for the most part- age 14. My boys (age 7) have even does theirs with my help on occasion. I do a load every day, sometimes more. I do not have a mountain of it anymore, though. The kids each have a hamper in their room. When it is full it gets washed (and the boys hamper is small). When I need to wash a load of my clothes, I will go get theirs as well if I have room. I have 5 (count 'em...five!) hampers in my closet. One is for towels- we do NOT get fresh ones every single day! (My daughter has her own towels and the boys do as well. They usually get washed with their clothes.) Back to my closet, the second hamper is for regular clothes and the third for sweaters (so they can be washed and air dried on my special drying rack...I have room for four sweaters on there so when there is four sweaters in the hamper they get washed and dried.) The other two hampers are for my husband...one for play/workout clothes and one for work clothes. When they are full, they get washed. OH, and the hampers I use are the size of a very full load, so when they are full, and I separate out the whites, it is usually a full load of darks and a smaller load of lights/whites. That is another tip- it is not necessary to do whites completely separate all the time- sometimes you want to do them in hot water with bleach, but it isn't necessary all the time- it just creates more work. And I also will wash a towel or two with clothes if I need to- as long as they're well-used towels, there usually isn't a lint issue. And, I also use those laundry sorter racks...at least that is what my three are...http://tinyurl.com/4o3ezy (except mine doesn't have the top rack thing). It could be put in the laundry room for everyone to use, or in the master bedroom, or bathroom even. Whew! I think that's the longest post I have ever writtne on myLot! rofl!!
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@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
18 Apr 08
Wow, that is a long post, but a good one, hope you get good earnings for this post, lol. I really like the idea of separate hampers and only washing them when they are full. I think I might try that one, then it is atleast easier to sort them out when the load is finished. I think I need an extra one just for school uniforms as that is the most important load, if I forget that one, I am in trouble. I like the threat too, that is plan B. Excellent post, above31rubies.
@TriciaW (2441)
• United States
17 Apr 08
I do understand what you mean. I love the term towel natzi I am going to have to use that one. I think that wash is a neverending thing here too and wonder if there will ever be a day when the laundry is not needed to be done.
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@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
17 Apr 08
Yeah I feel like a big natzi too, sick of nagging, lol, that is why I had to write the towel list. Don't think there is ever a day off without washing, not even mothers day.
17 Apr 08
Hi my house is like that too.me my husband and 5 children.its never ending.some tips that work for me-- p/js wear for 2 nights in from school uniform of into p/js.clean shirt on every day but if i can get 2 days out of the jumper and trousers or skirts i will.beds only once a week as you can imagine big washing day,and bath time for them all i use towell twice or i just cant keep up with it all.3 BOYS AND 2 GIRLS ITS HARD WORK BUT ALSO SO REWARDING!TAKE CARE KILA
@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
18 Apr 08
Wow that is hard work, with you big family, I thought I had it tough. Appreciate the great tips, I really need to get my kids to wear things twice, except uniforms.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Hey, not a single thing wrong with doing that! Or you could give them as many towels as you want them to have for the week, and they can decided "when" to use them, but just know they won't get mor until a certain date. Cuts down on laundry and also teaches them responsibility and planning and reliability. I never had laundry problem. But I hated to put clothes away. Don't know why, no big deal but I did so I'd fold nad lay the somewhere nad they kids knew where to find their clothes! I did teach them how to do their own laundry in high school years and how to hold laundry for a full load and such. They did really good and stll do fine at it.
@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
18 Apr 08
Hi, I do get my eldest daughter, 12 to help fold clothes and even my 3 year old sometimes folds clothes and puts them away. They are great helpers with that. I think I need to start showing my eldest how to wash them too, then atleast she can do her washing at times, good idea. I know what you mean Mooch about getting kids to do chores. I have had to write a roster for my eldest and 3 year old, pay 50 cents a job and they have 2 jobs each a day. That is working at the moment for my eldest. Before the roster she did help clean only when I nagged though. Got tired of nagging, so that is when I bought out incentives, lol.
@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
17 Apr 08
I only wash 2 times a week. I think I do about 4 loads a week, maybe a bit more. There are only 3 people in the house though and I probably change more than anyone else.
@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
18 Apr 08
I envy you sedel, I would love to have only 2 washes a week. You must have a secret.
17 Apr 08
My washing pile is like yours too, I am constantly washing and do around 3 loads a day, and always have one in before i go to bed so i can hang in out first thing and get another in. I have 2 small children and they are the main culprits in making all the washing, i dont think there is any secret solution to keeping it down other than doing pleanty each day (if you find a solution please let me know tho lol)
@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
18 Apr 08
Wow 3 loads a day, I guess mine could be that much too if I kept washing. But I get over it after 2 loads, lol. The only secret I know at the moment is using a list for the towels, I am even thinking of hiding the towels in my room, so they can't grab another one till mid week, lol. Another person on here stated that she makes her children wear clothes more then once, I need to try and do that. Especially their Pjs they only go to bed in them, they don't get dirty in one night. Good luck to you.
@shymurl (2768)
• United States
17 Apr 08
Totally know how you feel. There is 5 in our house as well, and my two year old changes two or three times day. It will be nice when summer hits, then he won't wear as much clothes. Thats a good idea with the towels, maybe I should try that. I don't know how I can walk into the kids room and find two or three towels lying on the floor.
@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
18 Apr 08
I know what you mean, I saw atleast 2 towels on the floor a day, it is even worse if the go to the beach, that is another towel. AHHHHH!! I think the little ones think they are going to a fashion parade, lol. My 3 year old, she loves to look pretty, she even likes to wear bracelts, necklaces and she can't wait to grow up and wear nail polish (that's what she says). Hope the towel list works for you, mine is still working at the moment.
@gemini_rose (16193)
17 Apr 08
Up until recently, I was just like you, always washing, 2 maybe 3 loads a day. I just simply got fed up of it, so now I make them wear things for more than one day. If they are really dirty then they can change, but otherwise they keep it on. Even my daughter who is 2 can only change if it is an absolute must!!!
@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
18 Apr 08
I need to do the same as you as I am fed up too. Don't want to feel like a maid everyday, lol. Have a great day,, gemini_rose.
17 Apr 08
I get so fed up with doing the washing. You would think that as there is only myself and my partner the washing load would be light but no, the pile is endless. I have just put another load of washing out on the line to dry in the sunshine and fresh air but I know I have at least one more load to put on later.
@kiran1978 (4137)
• Australia
17 Apr 08
Yeah I would have thought with two people the load would be lighter. It is frustrating. I can't go without my dryer, I would not like it if I had to hang clothes all the time aswell. I use both the line and dryer. Hope your washing pile shrinks soon.
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
23 May 08
Since it's just Hubby and I, I do laundry about twice a week and it's about 1/2 a load. When we were foster parents we got a mother and daughter couple and they brought TONS of laundry with them. They'd been living in Independent Living and had to go back into foster care. I thought I'd never get through all that laundry. At least 10 BIG loads maybe 15. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@julyteen (13258)
• Davao, Philippines
19 Apr 08
LOL. not Mt. Everest but it's like Mt. Apo the highest Mountain in the Philippines. anyway, i live alone so no problem about washing because my clothes are brought to laundry shop every week. I hate washing clothes because will turned to red if i do washing. you can hire washer of your clothes so that you can spend more time in here. LOL. have a bless day my friend.
• United States
18 Apr 08
I'm at my parent's house at the moment while my boyfriend is active duty. My son, 8 months lives here as well. Of course there's my mom and dad, and I have two younger sisters, 14 and 16. We wash a minimum of 5 to 6 loads a day, and there's still clothes left in the hamper, left in the baskets, the many baskets, and in all the bedrooms. I don't think we'll ever be done. Clothes dissappear for months at a time. I've learned to keep all my clothes separate from every one elses, as well as my son's, and wash them at night. We have quite a large washer and dryer, so two loads max does all of our clothes, blankets and towels. Everyone else fends for themselves. I wash what I find.
@minnie_98214 (10574)
• United States
18 Apr 08
Oh the never ending pile oh do I hate you so. I have a house of 4 and you would think i was washing for an army.