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I feel like our little family creates so much laundry. Any ideas on how to reduce it? I use bath towels for at least a few days before washing them and I wear things like jeans several times before washing them but still the laundry never seems to end.<br><br>
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Um, with 2 toddlers in the house I think there's no avoiding the constant stream of laundry!
 

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Funny, my toddlers always seem to help my laundry load - they're always naked! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> It's the older ones that wear clothes that get me...
 

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We have a place for what we call "clirty" clothes LOL! They're not clean, so I don't want them back in my drawers, but they're not smelly or stained yet, either.<br><br>
We have hooks over the backs of our doors for them, and we wear them all several times. They have to smell like body odor or have visible dirt before they're allowed to go into the laundry chute.<br><br>
My husband wears uniforms to work, so that helps LOL! He only has the clothing he wears after work and on weekends, so usually just one outfit/week LOL.<br><br>
I have the boys put their pjs under their pillows when they dress and make their beds. So they can wear them the next night. They shower/bathe before bed anyway, so why not?<br><br>
I also let the boys wear their school uniforms, uh, I mean their pjs when we don't have anywhere to go on a particular day, so about 4 days out of seven (because we're trying to stay home and cluster our trips to save gas, too).
 

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I told my DS he can wear his jeans 2-3 times unless they have dirt or grass stains on them.<br><br>
Pajamas are worn for a week before washings (kids go to bed clean, so they don't get very dirty)<br><br>
Sometimes undershirts will help-if they are less bulky than shirts & keep shirts from getting sweaty, you can get more uses out of a shirt, and the undershirts take up less space in the washer-same amount of folding, less total laundry & energy use.<br><br>
Towels get changed out twice a week tops.
 

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Re-wearing pajamas really helps.<br><br>
My DD changes clothes 5 times a day. When she does this I go through and put anything that still looks clean back into her drawer.
 

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My oldest DD does this too. She is either naked or getting new clothes on. Drives me nuts!!!!
 

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Definitely be more mindful about putting clean looking clothes back in drawers rather than automatically into the wash. I found this really helped here even though the easy option was to chuck it in the laundry hamper.<br><br>
PJ's are reused for 2-3 days, towels are the same.
 

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pretty much the same here as pp's..... towels go a few days, pj's at least 3-4 days. Now that it's winter (well almost, feels like it though brrrrrr) sheets go 2 weeks, jeans at least 2-3 wearings unless they get super dirty (as in you can see it and not wipe it off <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">). Even the boys undershirts go for 2-3 days. Only thing that goes in the hamper on a daily basis is undies and socks---- well sometimes the kids wear their socks an extra day. Sweatshirts/hoodies can go a few days too. I also went through the kids clothing and purged what doesn't get worn/not liked.
 

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oh and the kids each have a hook in their rooms for clothing that has been worn but can be worn again.... that way they don't need to put it back in their drawers and it's out for the next day.
 

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I ahve found that "sorting" before I was helps me. It does not reduce the amount of laundry, but it is much easier IMO to fold 15 adult t shirts and put them into 2 drawers than to fold 2 pair underwear, 1 dress, 2 t shirts, 2 pants, etc.<br><br>
Also, when my kids take off dirty jammies, sometimes I will that day run a load with those jammies, and pull them straight from teh dryer to wear again the next night.<br><br>
For me, washing and drying are easy, it's folding and putting away that get me!
 

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Reduce the amount of clothing and towels you have. I know this sounds strange, but honestly - more clothes, more towels just equals more dirty laundry. When you have less, less dirty laundry can build up at one time and the easier it is to catch up with it. You don't want so little you have to wash everything every night or every other night, but having enough so that you can go two weeks without doing a load just means that you can have a huge pile build up, instead of only a smaller one. You will still dirty the clothes at the same rate, so you won't be doing any more loads for having less, but you'll have less dirty laundry sitting around and less work to catch back up.
 

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Hooks, hooks, and more hooks.<br><br>
DH wears work uniforms, so his pants and sweatshirt usually get worn for 4 hours a day, so he wears them for 2 or 3 days. (Socks, underwear and T go in the hamper.)<br><br>
We each have hooks next to our bed to hang up things that can go another day. This time of year, when we're dressed in layers, we use the hooks almost every night.<br><br>
Pajamas go on hooks, too. Usually, the kids go straight from the bath to bed, so pajamas can be worn for up to a week.<br><br>
Towels get washed once a week. I have a separate stash of guest towels hidden under DD's crib. Other than that, we each have a terry cloth bathrobe, a bathtowel, and a washcloth of the same color. (Actually I just have a robe and a hair towel because that's all I ever use.) We each have a two pronged hook that our stuff lives on. (This has the advantage of forcing us to hang to wet stuff up, otherwise it really sucks to have to hunt down a damp smelly towel that's been left on the floor.) We also have an extra bathtowel that functions as a hand towel. That's four robes, four towels, and three washcloths, or two loads per week for bathroom towels (my washer is small).<br><br>
Even with all these measures, I wash 2-3 loads of laundry every single day.<br>
Oh, how I hope for the day that I can get a big washing machine!
 

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Finding favorites has greatly reduced laundry for me.<br><br>
Plain old t-shirts and jeans always wind up in my 4 y/o's hamper after one wearing (which I then pluck out and check for dirtiness), but he will wear and rewear the superman shirt with detachable cape and his fleece lined windpants day after day after day after day... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
We also use bath towels for a week, pajamas at least a few times.<br><br>
How often do you do wash? Laundry IS neverending, but it's more manageable for me if I do a load pr two every couple of days versus a huge pile of clothes once a week or so, kwim?
 

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any ideas for cutting back on laundry with a newborn? It seems like everything (especailly bedding) is constantly covered in breastmilk, spit up, pee, poop or food, and washing my sheets every 2 days is getting old.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">any ideas for cutting back on laundry with a newborn? It seems like everything (especailly bedding) is constantly covered in breastmilk, spit up, pee, poop or food, and washing my sheets every 2 days is getting old.</div>
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Have you seen those "sheet savers" they sell for cribs? You might could make one for your bed.<br><br>
Honestly, after five kids I just leave my covers back and let the wet spots dry. I change my sheets once a week so they don't get smelly or nasty. If I changed the sheets every time someone's dipe leaked a little or they spit up or spilled water/juice in my bed I may as well just sleep on a bare mattress!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Honestly, after five kids I just leave my covers back and let the wet spots dry. I change my sheets once a week so they don't get smelly or nasty. If I changed the sheets every time someone's dipe leaked a little or they spit up or spilled water/juice in my bed I may as well just sleep on a bare mattress!</div>
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Oh my gosh! Me, too! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
My three year old has been wearing his halloween costume every day since we got it...before halloween! It gets thrown into whatever load is being washed at night and he usually sleeps naked. And he's naked underneath. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Although, the day we were out getting our tree, he did let me put some sweats on underneath. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I have also done the less towels thing - each kid has their own color coded towel. And dh and I have our own. Works well for us, too.
 

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I have a 3-compartment laundry sorter downstairs with the washing machine. When I go down to switch a load, I gather up any dirty clothes and take them with me. Then I sort them into colors, whites, and sheets/towels. Because I can neatly sort the dirty laundry, I am less likely to do a half load of something. I wait until the compartment is full, and then do the whole thing.
 
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