Regular readers of our blog and those of you who follow me on Facebook and Twitter are probably aware of how large a role laundry plays in my life.
I have a nice laundry room, with a very loose communist/fairy theme and a bulletin board with helpful stain-removing and laundry doing tips. I regularly go through containers of the large Tide HE laundry detergent, and always have at least one on hand as backup.
I also have NO CLUE how much laundry I do on a weekly/monthly basis. It feels like an unending cycle of wash, dry, fold, put away, repeat, so I’m curious, how much do I do?
Starting Nov. 1 I plan to keep track of every load of laundry I wash. Being good and scientific I’ve decided to make a little chart to keep track of how much laundry I do:
- Permanent Press – mostly shirts, will likely include the occasional “delicate” load
- Whites/underwear – underwear, socks, other things that can be washed HOT
- Jeans (at least 4 pair) – grownup jeans
- Kids clothing
- Emergency/Heavily Mixed loads – things that are gross & wet and can’t be left for long
What makes a “full” load? For permanent press and whites/underwear the basket being 3/4 full is usually enough to justify washing them. Jeans, I’d like at least 4 pairs. Kids clothing gets washed when there are 3-4 pairs of pajamas in the mix. Towels are usually a bathrooms worth, bedding a bedroom’s worth (boys room, our room, guest room). Emergency loads are done as needed, what qualifies as “emergency?” Simple:
Do you want to keep track too? I’ve uploaded the PDF of my Laundry Fairy 2012 Tracking sheet here: LOAD COUNT it should open as a downloadable PDF.
How much laundry do you do? What are your laundry routines? How do you sort your laundry?