Can you do LAUNDRY in a daily basis?

@andak2007 (3230)
Philippines
November 5, 2008 10:17pm CST
Seriously i want to know because me its really hard for me to do it and i have been trying to achieve this goal for ever since i stopped working and become a full time mother and wifey...and that was 10 months ago..at the end of the week i still have two heaps of dirty laundry waiting for me and begging for me...and then i am already tired just looking at them...can you do laundry in a daily basis?mothers any suggestions? Additional details: i have 3 kids so dirty clothes file up rather quickly and i look after them everyday with no help, i also have a husband who changes clothes and gets them dirty very quickly and he sweats a lot so he changes like 3 shirts in a day...and i wanna do laundry in a daily basis because i want to relax on weekends where i could go to the mall its like having a dayoff..but sadly this has not been happening.
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• United States
7 Nov 08
If you tried to do laundry on a daily basis then you would end up having to do it everyday. Why don't you just decide to do a family member a day and delegate that day as their day. So hopefully, unless you have over 5 members in your family you can have the weekends off. Personally, my Mom does the laundry every Saturday and my dad changes clothes at least 4 times a day. at least she just has him since I do my own laundry. Anyways...good luck.
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@andak2007 (3230)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
the kids are still small...oldest is 3..youngest is 4months old..the boy is 20months old who is very active and gets too dirty...when i was living with mom i use to do my own clothes too i started doing it when i was 9yrs old.
• United States
7 Nov 08
Definitely sounds like you have your hands full. Haven't been around small kids much lately but when I was younger i had to babysit my cousin and that alone for 4 hours a day was tiring. I definitely wish you luck and admire you. My mom just had me and then my grandmother lived with us so she took care of me during the day. Don't you just wish that disposable clothing came cheap and in bulk. That would make everything run so much smoother.
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@andak2007 (3230)
• Philippines
8 Nov 08
then the world will drown in too much garbage don;t you think?
@Humbug25 (12552)
7 Nov 08
Hi ya andak2007 Shall we both just curl up in a ball together and cry! . I too have a mountain of washing constantly and I feel so happy sometimes when I can see the bottom of the laundry basket it is a great feeling! A lot of the time I put the washing on during the night so it is ready for me to deal with first thing in the morning during the drier months and I can sometimes get 3 loads done in one day giving me several days off during the week. Now it is too cold to hang my washing outside so I put the machine on about an hour and a half before the heating is due to go on so that I can then hang it all over the radiators. I do have a tumble dryer but only use it for towels and bedding as I am on my own with my three boys and am worried about getting high electric bills for it! Good luck!
@andak2007 (3230)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
lets cry now...its never ending...its like our permanent baggage to carry..funny because i cannot sleep at nights thinking how many dirty loads of clothes i have to tackle and when do i get to do them.
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@Humbug25 (12552)
7 Nov 08
Ok now I am thinking you need to see somebody about this! Hahaha
@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
7 Nov 08
I have 3 kids too, so I know how fast the laundry can pile up. I also stay home right now, so that does help to keep up with the laundry. I end up having 2 laundry days a week (with at least 3 loads on each of those days), and that's what works for me. However, I could do laundry every single day, but that would require a set schedule. For example, Mondays I do my laundry, Tuesdays the oldest boys, Wed twin A, Thurs twin B, and Fridays sheets and linens. That would leave my weekends free. I also find it easiest to get the laundry done early in the morning. I'll start my first load once I've come downstairs for the day, even before I start making breakfast or lunches for the boys to take to school.
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@andak2007 (3230)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
that is a very good idea and yes it is best to do it in the morning...but at nights i have plenty of extra time.
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@CanadaGal (4307)
• Canada
7 Nov 08
Technically I have plenty of extra time in the evenings as well. However, I also know that once dinner is done, and then the dishes, I'm done for the night. I just want to relax and hang out online or watch some tv.
@GhostCat (313)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I do laundry 2 or 3 times a week. I probably would do it more often if I were less tired. There is just my husband and I at home now. But I always seem to be behind in the laundry. I have MS and fibromyalgyia, and my husband tries to help out as much as he can, but I'm not sure that is a lot. He washes most of his own clothes and a load of bath towels but he never folds them or puts them away. My clothes, dishtowels, guest towels, sheets and pillow cases and other general household laundry only gets done when I am up to it. Fortunately we have a washer and dryer in our apartment otherwise I would not be able to cope. It sometimes takes me several days to get the laundry from the dryer to the closets however. Even though your children are small and your washer is small, try making a game of the laundry and get some of them to help you a little in getting the laundry done. And if you can figure out a way you can hang some of it in you home for when it is inclement outside, that should help a whole lot. It sounds like you have extra problems by having to share your laundry facilities with other people. Is it possible that you could figure out some way to share some of your chores as well. You could take care of thier kids while they did some of your laundry or you could cook them a meal once a week for a couple of loads of laundry. When I was young and of child bearing age it was quite common for young women to start child care cooperatives where they would care for each others children for a couple hours every week, while the mother did something different. I belong to such a cooperative for a few years even though I had no children. I would care for your children in your home for up to 3 hours if I could use your laundry facilities. I did other things with the mothers and their children as well, I helped with birthday parties, some times the moms would do their grocery shopping and mine while I watched their children. You might want to try something like. Get together with your friends with or without children and see if you can't figure out a way you can lighten everybody's load by helping each other. Just make sure, that everyone is doing about the same amount of work, you don't want anybody getting somldering resentment building up.:)
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@andak2007 (3230)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
well im not sure if it will work with me...my sister sometimes look after the kids but now she is busy with her board review....my friends live far away so im really alone in all task.
@GhostCat (313)
• United States
9 Nov 08
I'm really sorry that you do not have friends & family that are close enough to exchange work with. I part of the reason is the culture today is not the same as it was when I was much younger and also, I suppose, that I probably moved in a subculture that rather championed that kind of a life style. I don't see as much of it today as I saw 30/40 years ago. It sort of depends on people you are not related to getting together and working like an extended family, and I think that we find it pretty hard to become even casual friends with our neighbors, let alone to becomes close enough to them to help one another. I wish you good luck with your endeavors, hopefully as your children get a little older they can help a little more with their own care and lighten your load a little and it sounds like you are working at getting somewhat more organized and that should help also. You wfill be in my thoghts and prayers. Just know you are not alone in your struggles. Good luck.
@SketcherD (1114)
• Canada
6 Nov 08
I just ask for someone in the household to flip the load from the washer to the dryer or to start the load for me. Then it doesn't seem like as much work. My problem is putting the clean clothes away. I can never seem to keep on top of it. I do hair in my home so there is always towels to be done.
@andak2007 (3230)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
towels here are the dirtiest of my laundry...i hate washing them because i have to do it 3 times just to get it clean.
@SketcherD (1114)
• Canada
7 Nov 08
Wow what kind of soap do you use? I use Gain and it gets out all the chemicals I use while I am hairdressing on the first wash!
@keir3000 (296)
• Philippines
6 Nov 08
I'm doing the laundry like twice in every two weeks... I prefer to wash a mountain of dishes than to do the laundry...
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@andak2007 (3230)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
yeah i can tackle mountains of dishes rather than clothes...dishes are easy to do.
@keir3000 (296)
• Philippines
8 Nov 08
especially I'm living in a boarding house, we don't have washing machine available so someone is doing my laundry and I'm paying her. Do you have dishes to wash there? you can pay me... lol...
@mz2981 (36)
• Qatar
6 Nov 08
hi, Try to color code the clothing of your family. For example it a white day, every member of your family atless where white shades clothing or is light coloured ones, or a dark colours for every one. It easier to do laundry if its in same colours rather than combination one. Or you could assigned a washing day once or twice in a week.
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@andak2007 (3230)
• Philippines
6 Nov 08
that is a good suggestion...i rather find it hard to wash white clothes..because they are the ones that has stains and lots of dirts...and i have to wash it many times over just to make it clean.
@mz2981 (36)
• Qatar
7 Nov 08
for white clothes: soak the clothes with laundry soap and choline for half a day or the whole night before you put them in the machine. The stains will be easily to remove if you done this, it will take less washing time.
@kiinin (336)
6 Nov 08
Hi andak Whether you're doing laundry for one person or ten, keeping up with the laundry is a fact of life. Get organized. You need to have a place to put your dirty laundry and sort it as it accumulates every day. Schedule enough time each day to sort the dirty laundry, load the washing machine transfer clothes to the dryer, fold the clothes and put them away. Most of these can be done in 10 minutes or less. Be consistent and focus on completing one entire load of laundry each day until you get it where it belongs so it's ready to be used. Indulge in your favorite drink each day and sit down to relax while you fold the nice-smelling laundry... Happy myLotting.. CHEERS!!
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@andak2007 (3230)
• Philippines
6 Nov 08
hi there thank you for the suggestions...now i know what is wrong..i am so disorganized and then i do not have a drier..hehe..that is the truth...infact now it is raining outside i have not hanged the wet clothes yet and i still have loads of dirty clothes waiting for me...and i only get to touch them when all the kids are at sleep at night...poor me.
@GhostCat (313)
• United States
6 Nov 08
I know this might be difficult, but can you find a place to hang the clothes in the house. If you can and you can hang a load up after the children go to be at night it might help get at least some of the clothes done during the week. How old are your children? Can they help at all? You might be able to get them to help you fold a load of clothing after breakfast or perhaps they can help you put them away, at least maybe their own clothes. Just a thought. Happy my lotting. Cheers.
@ronaldinu (12454)
• Malta
9 Nov 08
My wife does laundry twice a week. She does three loads each time to cater for our needs. She usually chooses the days which she is less busy with other housework. © ronaldinu 2008
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@andak2007 (3230)
• Philippines
9 Nov 08
what about you?are you very particular about your own clothes?because some husbands can be so picky about their clothes, the way it smells, the way it was folded things like that...when it is just best and easy if they just do it themselves.
@cream97 (29175)
• United States
7 Nov 08
No, I can't see myself doing laundry everyday like this. I usually will wash my clothes every week or two weeks. If, I have to, I will. Clothes just need to be bought so that there is not that much washing going on..
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@andak2007 (3230)
• Philippines
8 Nov 08
so where does your dirty clothes go?to the trash can?
@ellie26 (4128)
• Malaysia
7 Nov 08
Hello andak2007, I do my laundry 3 times a week. I piled them up for 2 days and on the second day, I will do all the laundry in one go i.e. some goes to the washing machine, some need hand wash, folding and ironing. Usually, during weekends, I don't do laundry, I only do them on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I think if you have a dryer, it will help a lot when you want to do your laundry.
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@andak2007 (3230)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
yes you are correct a drier is needed...we once have a machine that has a drier but it was already broken and thrown out.
@tryxiness (4549)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
Hello, I suggest you buying a washing machine which will do the washing and drying itself. Do not buy the sophisticated ones, just buy the ones worth around 10K. It will help you with all the chores. Somehow, it has helped our household.
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@andak2007 (3230)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
i have a small one but without the drier....i can hang them outside under the sun...i agree with a drier i can wash and clean the clothes faster.
@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
Oh my... you certainly have your hands full when it comes to the laundry... i cannot imagine how high the dirty clothes pile up... i have mine and my daughters clothes to wash... but i still cannot do the laundry on a daily basis... i do it twice a week or whenever i have the time... since i also have a full time job...
@andak2007 (3230)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
when i was still working back then i hire someone who can do the laundry once every two weeks but then it is rather costly and the clothes are not that clean as compared to when i use to do it.
@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
7 Nov 08
I think that the best thing to do is to separate them as much as possible. I know that some people throw everything in the wash together. My mother taught me to throw everything in wherein my grandmother taught me to throw whites in separately but with towels.. colors are in a different load. If you maybe put towels in with socks and underwear (towels of any color --- ) but socks and unders of only white) then I think it will make it go a bit faster. Towels are fast to fold wherein underwear and socks are not always that fast. It helps for me I know as when I did do laundry (I live with my fiance and his parents, his mom insists on the laundry) it made it go a bit faster! Try also scheduling it. Work shirt day (for your hubby) and then for your children, figure out what they like to wear the best (or if they are too young to decide for themselves, decide what they wear the most) and always keep those clean. Then clean the other stuff later on in the week! I hope that this helps!
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@andak2007 (3230)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
i throw everything in one pile...and sort them later when its time to do it.
• United States
7 Nov 08
not at all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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@andak2007 (3230)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
why because you have someone doing it for you?
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
hahaha!! that is awful.. yes, i am also doing laundry everyday when my kids are still small because they are always dirty, playing dirt. I should wash them everyday. But I am not using the washing machine to cut off the electric usage. Just wait when you kids will grow up and know how to wash their own clothes then you can rest from your daily washing.
@andak2007 (3230)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
yehey..that will be 10 years from now.
@jep_toyo (1607)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
I can... but i only wash my undies (lol) everyday and wash my clothes on weekly basis.
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@andak2007 (3230)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
haha..now that is easy.
@baileycows (3670)
• United States
7 Nov 08
Its just me and my husband and we still have loads, but my husband is a foreman on a construction site so he has his work clothes which we do not wash with our good clothes then he comes home takes a bath and puts on nice clothes. I have work clothes and then lounge clothes every night. So still just the two of us we still have tons of clothes, but I was doing it every day and it seemed that I was ALWAYS doing laundry. So I decided that MOnday was my laundry day and that is all I really do. everything from towels work clothes and have them all put up. I like it this way b/c I hate laudry so I just have to do it one day. I hope you can work out an arrangement of some sort.
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@andak2007 (3230)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
just to let you know i hate monays because im just so tired and everyone including hubby goes back to work.
@icedventi (156)
• United States
6 Nov 08
Oh hun, I'm lucky if I get around to laundry once a week! I'm very lucky that my husband does all of his own laundry so I just have to do mine and the kids. Normally takes two loads but I guess that's really not that bad. Yay for having a big washer!
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@andak2007 (3230)
• Philippines
7 Nov 08
mine is so small it can only accommodate 5 shirts or kids clothes.
@carolscash (9503)
• United States
6 Nov 08
Yes, I do at least one load of laundry every day. I hate it but if I didn't,there would be laundry everywhere in the house. I think that you should just put a load in every morning before you start the day or a load in before bed. However, I do it early because if not I am too tired to do it of a night. I hope this helps!
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