Remedial Laundry Study
February 21, 2013 9:17 AM Subscribe
The thing I want to wear is always in the hamper. I can't see my dresser under mountains of worn-once clothes. I never have enough kitchen towels. I have somehow made it to the age of 30 without really understanding how to stay on top of laundry. Please help!
It's just me and my clothes, mostly jeans and tee shirts and easy-care things like that. I have some nicer clothes, too, that need more care but I can generally handle dry cleaning and handwashing stuff that needs it.
I'm tackling the laundry beast in my ongoing efforts to streamline and optimize my life. I don't really understand how to make and stay on a laundry schedule - I've always just done laundry when I seem to need to do it, but it's a disorganized and frustrating way to live. I know how to actually launder all my things, but I need help understanding how to approach the whole thing as an ongoing chore.
I go through millions of towels and workout clothes every week (hot yoga + outdoor, cold-weather running).
I have a lot of sweaters but I don't generally wash those every time I wear them.
I use cloth napkins and kitchen towels and have people over for dinner a lot; I probably go through a dozen napkins and an equal number of kitchen towels in a week.
I have lots and lots and lots of undergarments, underwear and camisoles and tanks, and I generally always layer my street clothes over at least a cami or a tank. I am not a particularly dirty person and my clothes stay pretty clean, but I smoke occasionally and so even once-worn clothes aren't fresh.
It seems like in a given week, I should do: 1) a white/hot load of cotton towels and sheets; 2) a dark/cool load of clothes; 3) a load of kitchen stuff; 4) a load of workout stuff? Or maybe I should do that with regular clothes? Is four loads for one person crazy? And really, I don't have THAT much workout stuff; it's expensive enough that I have maybe two day's worth of running clothes. I can't wait a week between launders anyway, it gets stinky. And I don't tumble dry running clothes to help them last longer; I'd need to sort the wet clothes out to drip dry just the workout stuff.
Basically, I generally come home, hang that day's workout stuff up to dry/air a little, change if my day clothes are uncomfortable or dressy and hang it up to air. When I get undressed at night I put dirty stuff into the hamper and stuff that seems like it could be worn again...into a pile on my dresser. When it seems like I have a chunk of time I do ALL THE LAUNDRY and it takes forever and I spend a bunch of time sorting stuff out into loads. Every once in a while I freak out and launder basically everything in my closet and in piles because I can't tell what's wearable and then start over again.
MADNESS! How do you handle laundry workflow? Do you do it all in one day or spaced out? And do you have any tricks for cutting down the time it takes? AND! If you work out daily, how do you handle the flow of that too-small-for-a-load, DEFINITELY too-dirty-to-wear-again daily laundry?
Please help :(
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