This morning I looked at the laundry hampers and was astonished to see them full again. All the clothes were washed last weekend. Why does the dirty laundry pile grow so quickly? I sat down and tried to figure the facts:
Week of Laundry for This Family of Five
A: Underwear: 7 pieces per family member per week (plus a few exta for bath nights and accidents) = ~ 40 pieces of Undies
B: Bras: I am the only one. I wear them more than one day except when I work out. I own 5 bras but they get washed more than once so it is almost like having ~10 Bras
C: Socks: 7 pairs per family member per week plus extra for bath nights and stepping in wet things = 45 pairs of socks = 90 socks.
D: Shirts: 7 shirts per family member per week, PLUS, David's 5 work shirts = 40 shirts.
E: Jeans: I try and get everyone to wear their jeans more than one day. But the kids are really bad about this rule = 20 Jeans
F: Pants: Same as above for the jeans except for Dave's work pants which come home filthy. = 25 Pants
G: Pajamas: I wear mine more than once. The kids are suppose to wear theirs more than once but that doesn't happen. Dave won't own up to wearing pajamas so that means 4 people wearing pj's x 3 changes a week - 12 Pajamas
H: Work-out clothes: They are stinky after a work-out so need to be cleaned = 10 sweat pants, 10 shirts
I: Towels: These have their own sub-categories:
1 - swim towels - The kids take lessons and after they've showered, they use the towels to stand on the ground and get dressed. These towels must be washed after each lesson. Two lessons a week - 3 kids = 6 Towels
2 - Bath Towels - We reuse our bath towels for several days so this a rough estimate = 10 towels. 10 Washcloths
3 - Kitchen Towels - Drying dishes, wiping down counters, cleaning up spills, the table, and other items = 10 kitchen rags
J - Bedding: I change sheets once a week...but having children, sometimes that means more than once a week depending on accidents (which also means washing blankets and comforters.) = 4 beds x 2 sheets +5 pillowcases = 13 bedding items (on a good day)
K- Miscellaneous. When guests come to visit just add in a whole bunch of more towels, sheets, and other stuff. Also, dog beds, cat beds, towels when the dog gets bathed, rags for cleaning....oh the list goes on. = 50 extra things to wash just because I know they end up in the hamper.
So basically, adding all the numbers up = A never ending supply of laundry to wash. I need a drink.