My Laundry Problem

I have a small laundry problem. It looks like this:


I’ve known about this problem for some time. And my question is, does anyone else have this problem?

It seems like either I’m exceptionally clean or my family is exceptionally dirty.

Or, alternatively, since I’m the one doing the laundry, I only put something in the hamper when I know it’s for sure dirty. I’m just going to have to wash it!

Since I’ve been thinking about this issue (is it even an issue? is this simply the way of the universe? or am I the only one with the mini pile?), I have a few questions for you readers.

  1. How often do you give your kids clean PJs?
  2. How often do you change your PJs? (Sorry, I know this is getting personal.)
  3. Do you, too, have a much smaller pile of laundered clothes than the rest of the family?
  4. Do you make any attempt to reduce the amount of laundry from kids and other family members? Is it even possible?

I’m doing an informal survey. Inquiring minds want to know. I’m terribly interested in your laundry habits, so spill it in the comments. Feel free to remain anonymous if it’s too embarrassing.




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  • April 2, 2013, 4:58 pm Kassiah

    This is exactly what my laundry piles look like. My kids are older (17, 14, and 13), and I think that one thing to remember is they wear more than one outfit a day. School uniform (if applicable), sports practice clothes, and PJs. To answer your survey, though:
    1. My kids usually wear a different set of PJs every night, even though I’ve told them it’s okay not to LOL
    2. I usually wear my PJs for a couple of days.
    3. Yes, much smaller.
    4. There is no way to reduce it, I think, other than making sure that you get their dirty clothes every day. They’ll pile them up.
    This was a great post. Thanks!

    • April 2, 2013, 7:34 pm Beth

      Ah, so glad I’m not the only one! You make a great point about the kids wearing more than one outfit a day; and sometimes, they wear something for only a few hours but I’m still concerned that it’s dirty because they ate dinner in it or whatever. My kids wear their PJs for two nights and then get a fresh set, but I’m wondering if we should even extend that a day longer. I guess it all depends on whether they spill food on the PJs at breakfast! :-)

  • April 3, 2013, 10:50 am BW Becky

    Ha Ha. Okay this is funny. And now begins the glimpse into my paranoid and illogical brain…Kids wear clean pajamas(and fresh underwear) every night. Do they bathe everyday? no, so I feel if they have fresh undies and pj’s, that’s something. I, too, get fresh pj’s every night even though i bathe everyday. Why? Because a) I deserve it and b) If I wore the same pajamas for a couple of days where would I put those pajamas during the day? If i put them back in the drawer with my clean pajamas, the clean ones would be “contaminated” by the “dirty” pajamas. When I was little I put them under my pillow until I got one of those stuffed animals that had a zipped back where you could hide your pajamas. Remember those? So my question to all of you who wear your pajamas multiple nights is, “Where are you storing them in between wears?” Hanging on back of a door, maybe? I gave up trying to reduce laundry with 3 kids and decided to have someone come in 2x a week for 2 hours just to do kids laundry only. Hubby does own laundry and I do my own. Cannot tell you how this has changed my life. Because, in between loads, the laundry person picks up around the house, makes beds and reorganizes shelves or drawers, or does dishes. Kids come home of course and make a new mess but at least the entire house was “clean” all at the same time, at least for a little while. Feeling of always needing to pickup is no more. Happier house. Now I just need someone to do my grocery shopping, ugh!