Originally Posted by thistle
I hear about people doing 2-3 loads a day. I don't get it unless you have a REALLY big family. There are 3 of us and I do laundry once a week and typically I have 3 loads. Occasionally I may have 4. Even when dd was still in cloth dipes I only did dipes every third day.
How much laundry do you do? How many people are in your family? What are you washing?
I would LOVE to have that little an amount of laundry!!!!
Here's our laundry breakdown for 5 people and 2 cats:
Cloth training pants - 2 loads per week
Casual darks - 2 loads per week
Casual whites - 1 load per week
Towels - 1 load per week
Sheets/bedding (I only wash each person's BI-weekly) - but still comes to about 3 loads per week
Delicate darks - 1 load per week
Delicate lights - 1 load every other week
Super hand-wash delicates - 1 load per week
Baby regulars - 1 load every other week
Baby darks - 1 load every other week
Baby delicates - 1 load every other week
That comes out to about 13 loads a week - plus at least one more because there is always at least one catastrophe where someone's bed gets puked on right after it was washed, or all the towels get used to stop a toilet overflow, or the kids exploded ink over stuff, or whatever.
SO - 14 loads in your average week - 15 or 16 loads when we have guests using the guest bedding and towels. Then in the winter, there is all the kids' coats and snowgear too. And when this new baby arrives, I'm sure the baby laundry will all have to be done weekly instead of bi-weekly.
14 loads a week means if I do not do 2 loads per day or 4 loads every other day, I fall hopelessly behind. We do have a smaller top-loading washer, so I am not able to do as big of loads as someone with a larger one.
I do get so tired of the constant laundry!!!!