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What is the state of your laundry?

post #1 of 94
Thread Starter 
For my own personal reflection (which is why I posted in THIS thread), I'm curious about the various responses that all of you would give to these questions:

1) How many members of your family do you wash clothes for?
2) How many loads are dirty?
3) How many loads are part-way through the process? (if they aren't folded AND put away, you have to count them!)
4) If previous question is greater than zero, where are the loads now?
5) How often do you iron clothes?
6) How often do you mend clothes?

Thank you for taking the time to answer my survey. I'm curious about all of the responses.
post #2 of 94
Thread Starter 
Here are my responses:

1) 4
2) 2
3) 3
4) 1 in wash, 2 upstairs on bed, 1 of which half-folded
5) rarely, but that's changing of late
6) almost never (again, soon to be changing)
post #3 of 94
How many members of your family do you wash clothes for? Three total, one in cloth diapers
How many loads are dirty? About one, maybe less of clothes and slightly less than one of diapers. I haven't checked the baskets yet.
How many loads are part-way through the process? One, cloth diapers. They need to just be dried however.
If previous question is greater than zero, where are the loads now? In the washer haha
How often do you iron clothes? Never. I can't remember the last time I even USED an iron.. if ever?
How often do you mend clothes? Very very rarely. Usually just a popped button. I'm horrible at mending holes and thank goodness we almost never get any! Stains are a bigger issue in this house.

I should add, I'm normally not so on top of laundry. I usually have like two loads to wash and two to put away with both machines full. I hate laundry!
post #4 of 94
I have to preface this by saying that I LOVE doing laundry. Its the one chore that makes me feel like I'm accomplishing someting.

1) How many members of your family do you wash clothes for? 3 (1 in diapers)
2) How many loads are dirty? None
3) How many loads are part-way through the process? One: Diapers are in the dryer
5) How often do you iron clothes? Hah! Never. My husband irons about every other day though.
6) How often do you mend clothes? Maybe once a year if its something I really love. I suck at mending.

I am adding # 7) How often do you have to stain soak items in Oxiclean? At least once a week. Its so cool...like alchemy.

I'm such a laundry geek that I am getting an umbrella clothesline for my birthday! I can't wait!
post #5 of 94
1) How many members of your family do you wash clothes for?
Three: myself, ds and the household's towels/sheets (three 'people'!)

2) How many loads are dirty?
Three: ds needs his whole basket done, light and dark = two. Plus one more load of towels/sheets = three.

3) How many loads are part-way through the process?
One load of towels/sheets.

4) If previous question is greater than zero, where are the loads now?
In the washer, ready to go in the dryer.

5) How often do you iron clothes?
Twice a year??

6) How often do you mend clothes?
Almost never.

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Edited to add: oops! I'm so out of the habit of folding and putting laundry away, I didn't count that as a stage of the process. : In which case we've got two baskets full of clean towels that need to be folded and put away.
post #6 of 94
Today...

1) 2.5 (DS runs around half naked most of the time)

2) 1? Sheets atm

3) None, I just finished diapers

4) n/a

5) HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

6) DH takes his dress pants to the cleaners to get mended because he's military and they have to be done better than I can do without a machine.


ETA: I saw the PP mentioned folding and putting away. I'm at least 3-4 loads BEHIND on that. It's all sitting in the pack-n-play right now. (Hmm...It DID come in handy! )
post #7 of 94
1) How many members of your family do you wash clothes for? 1
2) How many loads are dirty?0 but it's time to wash my sheets so I'll say 1 in the works.
3) How many loads are part-way through the process?0
4) If previous question is greater than zero, where are the loads now?n/a (actually there's a basket full that needs folding from the last wash, if I don't fold as soon as it's out of the dryer then it can sit for some time!
5) How often do you iron clothes?used to when I had an office job but haven't had to iron in years
6) How often do you mend clothes?i sewed up a torn pajama a few months ago, so maybe once/year
post #8 of 94
1) How many members of your family do you wash clothes for?
3 - me, DH, 4 year old (not in diapers). We do family cloth though.

2) How many loads are dirty?
At this precise moment, less than one.

3) How many loads are part-way through the process?
3

4) If previous question is greater than zero, where are the loads now?
1 - hanging on the line to dry right now
2 - baskets of clean, dry laundry that I haven't folded

5) How often do you iron clothes?
Hahahahaha.

6) How often do you mend clothes?
Probably 4 times a year but increasing.


It should be noted that until maybe 6 months ago I was horribly behind on laundry. I'd have piles and piles. It was overwhelming.

I think line drying has gotten me enthused. I feel motivated to wash when the sun shines, since I never know if we'll have a stretch of rain.

Generally I'm on top of folding the laundry and putting it away, but this week is hot. But sometimes I do get behind on that front anyway.
post #9 of 94
1) How many members of your family do you wash clothes for? 4
2) How many loads are dirty?1/2
3) How many loads are part-way through the process?1
4) If previous question is greater than zero, where are the loads now?drying in the drier (raining)
5) How often do you iron clothes?never, sometimes my husband does, I can't figure out how to iron
6) How often do you mend clothes?whenever there is a tear
post #10 of 94
This is fascinating.

1. 4; three adults and one baby in 'sposies.
2. Counting the sheets that need doing this week? Maybe six loads dirty right now?
3. 0. Laundry is always done on Saturday and Sunday starting with lights and ending with bedding.
4. N/A
5. Since both of the two office-job-having adults in this house work in casual offices I hardly ever iron. Maybe around the holidays? I make a point of not buying clothes that need ironing if I can help it.
6. Whenever something needs mending or altering but not more than six times a year at the very most.
post #11 of 94
Kivgaen, I admit this is surprisingly interesting, but why do you ask?

Glad to see I'm not the only one who irons very infrequently.
post #12 of 94
1) How many members of your family do you wash clothes for? 4
2) How many loads are dirty? Now? 2 maybe
3) How many loads are part-way through the process? (if they aren't folded AND put away, you have to count them!) I ran a load this morning that's still in the dryer
4) If previous question is greater than zero, where are the loads now? dryer
5) How often do you iron clothes? Never. We don't even own an iron.
6) How often do you mend clothes? When they need it. But it's not that often, mostly sewing buttons back on. DS1 ripped some pants last night that I need to sew up.
post #13 of 94
I'll preface by saying that there's generally so many loads dirty for one and a half persons because I made sure we have enough of all clothes so that we could go at least two weeks without doing laundry and still have clean outfits to wear.
Making myself feel like I HAD to do laundry every couple of days was driving me insane.

I've gotten much better about actually doing a full laundry cycle now that I only feel pressured to do laundry once every so often.


1) How many members of your family do you wash clothes for?
2...myself and my 5 yo

2) How many loads are dirty?
Generally there are about 3-4 loads dirty at a time (right now DS is at his dad's for the summer so laundry is almost nil since I wear a uniform daily)

3) How many loads are part-way through the process? (if they aren't folded
AND put away, you have to count them!)
3...because I've kind of slacked since DS isn't around to keep me in routine.

4) If previous question is greater than zero, where are the loads now?
One is in the washer ready to be started, one is finished and sitting in the dryer, one is in the clean clothes hamper waiting to be folded.

5) How often do you iron clothes?
Almost never. I only get the iron out because I have a to wear an ironable shirt every monday....and it doesn't get washed/ironed every week.

6) How often do you mend clothes?
Just about never. Most of the civilian clothes I wear are from the thrift store so I don't put time in repairing them. I mostly re donate or trash for rags.
post #14 of 94
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by journeymom View Post
Kivgaen, I admit this is surprisingly interesting, but why do you ask?

Glad to see I'm not the only one who irons very infrequently.
Because I have been working really hard at getting my laundry to its current state, but the "perfectionist" in me still isn't happy. I'm hoping this thread will show that I'm well within the "normal" range now
post #15 of 94
1) How many members of your family do you wash clothes for?
6, 2 are in cloth diapers, plus family cloth and kitchen rags/towels/napkins

2) How many loads are dirty?
Maybe 5. Mostly half-full baskets in the kids' rooms or towels, they'll get washed once there are enough for a full load.

3) How many loads are part-way through the process? (if they aren't folded AND put away, you have to count them!)
1, diapers being washed

4) If previous question is greater than zero, where are the loads now?
in the washer

5) How often do you iron clothes?
eh, never. I try to put the clothes away straight from the dryer before they get wrinkled. The only exception is my karate gi, sometimes it gets ironed.

6) How often do you mend clothes?
post #16 of 94
1) How many members of your family do you wash clothes for?
6 peope (2 aduts, 4 kids)

2) How many loads are dirty?
Right now there are probaby 3-4 loads worth of dirty clothes and bedding.

3) How many loads are part-way through the process? (if they aren't folded AND put away, you have to count them!)
There is a load of clean clothes somewhat sorted on the couch (ok, probably knocked on the floor by now), and a load of clean clothes halfway hung up in the family closet.

4) If previous question is greater than zero, where are the loads now?
The dirty loads are crammed into a tall hamper in the upstairs hallway by the kids' rooms.

5) How often do you iron clothes?
Iron? what's that? I think we have an iron somewhere... I iron by throwing a damp towel in the dryer with wrinky clothes.

6) How often do you mend clothes?
mend, like sew? Never. DH will fix his pants or repair a button if need be. He's good with a needle and thread. I do spend time on stain removal, though. Me and dishsoap, a toothbrush, and some oxyclean get down on an almost daily basis.
post #17 of 94
1) How many members of your family do you wash clothes for? 2 - my husband does his own laundry.
2) How many loads are dirty? 1, maybe 2?
3) How many loads are part-way through the process? (if they aren't folded AND put away, you have to count them!) I have one sheet that hasn't made it to the closet yet.
4) If previous question is greater than zero, where are the loads now? Uhh... it's sitting on a bench in the kitchen.
5) How often do you iron clothes? About once in a blue moon. I do have a pair of pants that always needs to be ironed after washing, so I've learned not to wear them. Ever.
6) How often do you mend clothes? I don't do that.
post #18 of 94
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by SoulCakes View Post
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5) How often do you iron clothes? About once in a blue moon. I do have a pair of pants that always needs to be ironed after washing, so I've learned not to wear them. Ever.
Okay, I just have to say...

post #19 of 94
[QUOTE=Kivgaen;15601579]
1) How many members of your family do you wash clothes for? 3

2) How many loads are dirty? 0

3) How many loads are part-way through the process? (if they aren't folded AND put away, you have to count them!) Did 2 today - need to fold and put away.

4) If previous question is greater than zero, where are the loads now? They are in 2 laundry baskets on my bedroom floor waiting for tomorrow. I ran out of time today.

5) How often do you iron clothes? As needed which means almost never. I most often iron napkins. LOL.

6) How often do you mend clothes? Never. DH will a few times a year. I cannot sew.

***In general my rule is 1 load a day and I keep up. Today I had 2 to do because of extra guest linens from the weekend. Time got away with me with other household tasks and I didn't get them folded.***
post #20 of 94
1) How many members of your family do you wash clothes for? 4
2) How many loads are dirty? probably 2, but i don't know what's in the girls' hamper upstairs
3) How many loads are part-way through the process? (if they aren't folded AND put away, you have to count them!) 2
4) If previous question is greater than zero, where are the loads now? one in dryer and one in washer
5) How often do you iron clothes? almost never
6) How often do you mend clothes? it depends on if it's worth it to me


Honestly I never have laundry completely done. There is always dirty clothes in a hamper somewhere. As long as they are in hampers though I'm ok with it
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