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JessicaR
08-18-2006, 09:33 PM
What happens when you ignore the laundry for weeks? You have five loads to do! I have no problem washing clothes, it's the folding and sorting. My least favorite is sheets. We have a king size bed and I find them hard to handle. I've even been rotating two sets to avoid folding them! :eyebrow: What's your least favorite?

Amber
08-18-2006, 09:49 PM
I hate sheets too!! Fitted sheets are the WORST! How are you supposed to fold them anyway? Mine always end up looking like a big wrinkled mess!

Pink Dandelion
08-18-2006, 09:57 PM
Wow... I wish if we left the laundry for weeks there would ONLY be 5 loads!!

I've neverminded sheets too much - they're quick to get a load together for the washer and only a few pieces to fold - for fitted I pop the corners inside each other let them fold in on the sheet a little. What I've always hated were undewear loads because of all the little pieces to collect. That and light loads - I'm always afraid something will slip in and bleed dye on other clothes.

I hate folding loads of baby clothes. Takes for eeevvverrrr and you have to choose betweeen doing up all those little snap buttons or leaving them undone and trying to get them to still fold neat while they're in strange unbuttoned blobs of fabric.

CateKnits
08-18-2006, 09:58 PM
I just roll up the sheets. :shifty:

JessicaR
08-18-2006, 10:00 PM
I just roll up the sheets. :shifty:

Good idea!!!! :happydance:

Amber
08-18-2006, 10:06 PM
You should see the way my husband folds sheets -- he pretty much just bunches them up into a ball! :roll:

I know, I should just be happy he folds them at all...

janelanespaintbrush
08-18-2006, 10:43 PM
DH takes care of the washing, but I have to fold, because if I don't, he'll just shove everything into the drawers. He didn't even own an iron before we met, and justified this by saying that he "looks better rumpled." Yeah, right.

I think sheets are the worst, just because they're so unwieldy. I do the thing with nesting the corners of fitted sheets, which makes for a fairly neat package, but they're still my least favorite, and I've been known to just roll them in a ball when I'm really lazy. (It's not like anyone else ever sees them, and they smooth out soon enough.)

Anyone ever bought new underwear just to avoid doing laundry? I've come close to doing it in my single days, but I have a hard time wearing stuff (especially things that will directly touch my skin) without laundering first.

CateKnits
08-18-2006, 10:45 PM
I've bought underwear and socks to avoid laundry. Sometimes it's cheaper than catching up on laundry, too. :roll: At school, a load of laundry costs me $2.50 for wash and dry. If I'm not careful about how much I cram in there and get too much, I have to pay anything $2.50 to dry it all again. :wall:

Pixywhispers
08-19-2006, 12:59 AM
With 6 people in the house laundry is a huge chore. Because of the humidity here we have to wash and dry everything if it is used that day. Most the time you can use a towel for days, but like this week, it would grow mildew. I love hanging clothes to dry, but not in here. We have to do three loads a day to keep up. I wish I was committed, disciplined, whatever to fold each load as soon as it comes out of the dryer. But I'm not. I usually have four loads that need to be folded.

Doing socks used to be really hard for me. And a friend suggest I pray for whoevers socks (clothes) I'm folding and that has made it much easier to bestow a blessing.

For sheets we hang the sheets on a hanger in the closet in the room that those sheets go in. They dont look perfect, but I can find them. I agree, I have two sheets per bed. I threw the others out. I also color code my sheets, all king size are white, all blue sheets are twin. I have come a long way on laundry, I could go on and on. :)

Pixywhispers
08-19-2006, 12:59 AM
With 6 people in the house laundry is a huge chore. Because of the humidity here we have to wash and dry everything if it is used that day. Most the time you can use a towel for days, but like this week, it would grow mildew. I love hanging clothes to dry, but not in here. We have to do three loads a day to keep up. I wish I was committed, disciplined, whatever to fold each load as soon as it comes out of the dryer. But I'm not. I usually have four loads that need to be folded.

Doing socks used to be really hard for me. And a friend suggest I pray for whoevers socks (clothes) I'm folding and that has made it much easier to bestow a blessing.

For sheets we hang the sheets on a hanger in the closet in the room that those sheets go in. They dont look perfect, but I can find them. I agree, I have two sheets per bed. I threw the others out. I also color code my sheets, all king size are white, all blue sheets are twin. I have come a long way on laundry, I could go on and on. :) And am always looking for new ways to do things.

orcoastknitter
08-19-2006, 01:11 AM
I am single. I have designated Wednesdays and Sundays as laundry day. I have at least 3 loads for both days. Sundays could be more because that is when the bed get changed. Luckily I have at least 4 sets of sheets. But they way things go for me, sheets are the last to get washed, because I hate folding them! I have enough underwear and socks to last me a month. I also don't like wearing things (pants and shirts) more than once. Being that I live in a basement, my towels don't dry as fast, so I hang them on a hanger under heater vent in the bathroom. Every three days the towels get changed. A few times last year I was lazy and was only washing clothes the night before I needed them, so one Saturday I went down to the launder mat and washed everything, including bedding. The only clothes that were left were the ones I were wearing.

JessicaR
08-19-2006, 01:48 AM
I would love to hang most of my clothes out to dry in the sweet Iowa air but the dryer is the only thing that gets the dog hair out. I also hate sorting my husband's socks. They are all (shades of) white. Mine are easy to do, no two are the same! I don't get to involved over laundry, everything gets tossed in at the same time. My MIL had a fit that I didn't separate. If it's not machine washable I don't buy it. That goes for kitchen items in the dish washer as well. And an iron, what's that? :shrug: :rofl:

snowbear
08-19-2006, 01:54 AM
I wash my sheets every 4 days, then put the same ones back on my bed.. no folding.. My cat sheds on my pillow every night and the sheets so that is why every 4 days. I do laundry other than that about 3 loads per week- towels, jeans, and whites/ good clothes... sometime 4 depending on the weather.

The thing I hate washing the most is/was the baby things. Whenever my granddaughter is close- whether I'm up there or they are down here, there seems to be millions of baby clothes. I dread all the folding, and buttoning/ snapping/ hanging up etc.

orcoastknitter
08-19-2006, 01:56 AM
My form of ironing is spraying it with water and then tossing it in the dryer. If isn't wash and wear, I don't buy it.

dustinac
08-19-2006, 09:15 AM
blahh I don't like doing the laundry at all.. we have a load everyday and sometimes more... I don't mind folding.. the part I don't like is putting them away :rofl:

figaro
08-19-2006, 10:58 AM
Sounds like I am in good company with not liking laundry! We also have only one set of sheets (too much $$) but every time I wash them, no matter if I get them out before the bell goes off or after, they are always wrinkled. :shrug: UGH!

I have never seperated clothes either, I wash them by the baby's clothes, the girls and them ours. My husband deals with customers every now and then so I do need to iron, but I will wait until there is about 8 or so shirts (he has plenty more of them!) before I break out the ironing essentials.

08-19-2006, 11:18 AM
AMAZING!!! No one has complained about how their hubby/kids leave RED Cinnamin candy in their pockets and then they get washed with the OTHER whites and look at what you have when you open the washer door.

This is what greeted me in yesterday's laundry. Oh, he has such a bad habit of not emptying his pockets. Why don't I do it you ask, not my shorts! I have washed so many permanent black markers its not funny.

AND to top all of those: His Cell Phone! :roflhard: :roflhard: I put the last load (his work clothes) in the dryer last night and go sit down to knit and all of a sudden I hear this clunk, clunk, clunk. :?? I'm like what is that clunking. All of a sudden he jumps up and runs to the dryer and brings back his cell phone. :roflhard: Oh, my I got quite a laugh. He let it dry and its apparently working!

Yes, sheets suck to fold and we only have 2 sets too. I'm pretty sure I was able to save his shorts too. :teehee:

kitkat
08-20-2006, 10:05 AM
I have two high school aged boys, who are athletes. An average week is at least 8-10 loads. Like the rest of you, I hate folding the fitted sheets. Ugh.

jhelanee
08-20-2006, 01:02 PM
I lucked out by getting a DH who insists on doing his own laundry - mostly because he likes his things washed hot/warm and I use mostly cold. In some ways it is stupid b/c we could reduce laundry by a load a week if we did everything together, but since the current arrangement means I don't have to deal with washing, sorting, folding or putting away his clothes I'm not pushing the issue. :-) As for the sheets - they get washed and put back on the bed. Usually I will give the pillowcases and the top edge of the fitted sheet a quick run over with the iron, but that has gone out the window in the summer heat.

JessicaR
08-21-2006, 12:51 AM
If I could break my obsession with sheets (buying them, not washing them) I would only own one set. But I LOVE sheets. Love buying them, love the feel of them, love fresh clean sheets on the bed. Then the smelly husband gets in and that's over with. :doh:

I also own a bazillion socks which btw are easy to sort as mentioned before. I think I love socks because they are fun, they're the only way to express myself at work, and I'm not self conscience about my feet. I like my feet, they are pretty, just everything above the ankles I'd like to change.

SandraEllen
08-21-2006, 12:12 PM
my problem is pairing up socks. i end up leaving them in a basket until i wear them again.

jodstr2
08-21-2006, 12:23 PM
me plus husband plus 13 yr old boy. Mon and Thurs are laundry days. I wash my bras by hand and hang them in my bathroom. in the machine: all lights 1 load, all darks 1 load. sometimes in the colder months because of bulkier clothing, there are 2 dark loads. Dyl's tae kwon do uniform also gets washed 3x/week by itself - Mon, Wed, and Sat. I still hate doing laundry even after having this same routine for years.

gimmesanity
08-21-2006, 01:44 PM
With a 16 mo old who is also cloth diapered, we do lots of laundry.
I have two sets of sheets for my bed, and I rotate them so that I don't have to fold. I'm glad I'm not the only lazy one.
I hate folding my daughter's clothes...it seems like her hamper is a bottomless pit because folding goes on and on and on...ugh.

cheesiesmom
08-21-2006, 09:19 PM
Oo-oo-oo! Cloth diapers. I didn't think anyone used them anymore. Both my kids broke out in rashes from the paper kind (the few times I tried to use them). Their bottoms required the "real thing." Of course...a-hem...I had a diaper service. I don't think anyone has that service anymore. But it was wonderful!!

JessicaR
08-22-2006, 12:26 AM
Can't kids just run wild and let nature take it's course??? Maybe that's why I don't have kids... :??

stitchywitch
08-22-2006, 01:55 AM
I've always hated doing laundry, but since we bought our condo it's even worse! I love the condo, which is in a historic building, but one problem... there isn't a vent for the dryer, and historic building = no new holes in the exterior. There are (free) communal washers/dryers down in the scary, scary basement (did I mention the scary?) But you have to travel down 2 flights of stairs and outdoors in order to get there. I've pretty much bargained the other half into doing laundry, but I still have to fold because he doesn't like to.

I didn't know how good I had it when I had my own washer/dryer!

LoAnnie
08-25-2006, 10:55 AM
I don't mind doing laundry as long as we keep on top of it. It's usually one load a day. DH will not fold, so I make him put up. The sheet issue...I keep buying Egyptian cotton sheets, I can't get enough. But I have finally gotten the folding thing right with the fitted ones. You fold the pockets into each other, then fold in just the rounded elastic edges, then you have a nice neat rectangle. DH has a problem with leaving ink pens in his pockets. And they always end up in the same load as my brand new work clothes. :wall:

Anyway I am really quick at folding as long as it's only one load at a time. I also don't have kids yet.

It's the dishes I have. Squishy bits of wet food on your hands. And DH insists that we must wash the dishes before they can go into the dishwasher. Yech.
LoAnnie

knotmaker
08-25-2006, 11:11 AM
we have a load everyday and sometimes more... I don't mind folding.. the part I don't like is putting them away

This is my problem I HATE purring it away ... I have even started making ds & dd put away there own laundy ... there has been many a morning where I have to run into the garage (this were the washer & dryer are) to get some underware ...

rebecca
08-25-2006, 11:28 AM
LOL, looks like I am the lone one in the bunch...I don't really mind doing the laundry, since it's now just me and Lonnie at home we don't have much...virtually no handwash, other than knitted items. LOL, it's like I told my doc (he is a pain specialist to help control my pain) that you know I'm happy to not be in excruciating pain 24/7 now because I now enjoying doing the laundry...just because I can :cheering:

Rhyannon1970
08-25-2006, 12:08 PM
I personally hate socks....my husband wears only white sports socks & they get all mixed up...ugh.

I hate to put away as well..but what an accomplishment when your done.

Oh, and by the way, if i went two weeks.....well i'd have ALOT more than five loads..hehe...

Rhy :verysad:

psammeadred
08-25-2006, 01:34 PM
My grandmother has this thing about sheets. They all have to be starched and pressed before being put away. Personally, I like the t-shirt knit sheets, which are very forgiving in terms of wrinkles.

Oh, another laundry boo-boo: crayons!