July 29, 2008

A laundry list

I confess, I did not get all my chores done yesterday. Not by a long shot. But in my defence, I did about 10 loads of laundry (no joke), folded & put away around 13 loads, cleaned out BabyGirl's drawers & helped her try on almost every item of clothing in them, picked up the kitchen & cleaned off all the counters, stripped, washed, and re-made BabyGirl & B.B.'s beds, washed out the fridge, and picked up all Bitsy's toys that had been lovingly strung around the living room.

This morning I've finished cleaning the kitchen and scrubbed the kids bathroom. That leaves me 2 beds to strip & wash, one bathroom to scrub, and all the floors to do. I'm getting there.


My laundry adventure yesterday made me wonder something. How do you sort laundry? When Husband and I got married he didn't sort anything. NOTHING. Everything went into the washer together. Jeans, towels, dress clothes, underwear....EVERYTHING. I thought it was just a "single guy" thing until I learned his mom does her laundry the same way.


My mom, on the other hand, had a rather extensive sorting system. She had a ton of laundry baskets we would line up in the kitchen & sort into. Towels in one pile, sheets in another, then the baskets read: Whites, Lights, Darks, Reds, Jeans, Sweats & PJ's. I still sort the same way with the exception of Sweats & PJ's. They get sorted in with the color group they fit into. If I don't have enough reds (and if they've all been washed a few times before) they can end up in with the dark clothes. And because she's still so little, Bitsy's clothes get washed separately in Dreft.


Is your laundry more or less involved than this? Am I odd in my sorting?
(In case you're wondering, No, that isn't my laundry room. That is what we call Wishful Thinking with no chance of every happening. If I had a laundry room like that, I'd put a cushy chair in it, a stack of books, and a mini-fridge....then I'd never come out.)

8 comments:

Vic said...

I sort pretty much like you. Towels and socks go together, whites, darks and jeans together, my farmboys work clothes are seperate, and sheets alone.

I have a front loader washer and love it! You can fit so much stuff in it! I don't have an awesome laundry room, just a good washer!

Mim said...

Hmmm, interesting. I sort like this: Towels, lights, darks, denim, whites, linens, i.e. sheets and blankets. And I wash my husband's work clothes seperate from all the rest, his work shirts together and then his work pants together but seperate from each other. Geez, it looks like so much written down. It is!

Anita said...

I know I will never be in the laundry hall of fame, but I have found no real advantage to detailed sorting. Here is my simplified method. New "reds" get washed alone for a few times, then this is what I do: 2 piles. Yep, that is it. I wash all whites and lights together (gasp) and all darks together. Unless there is something really greasy, dark dress pants get washed with jeans (double gasp). No real difference when all is said and done, and my clothes are clean. I also wash EVERYTHING in cold water (triple gasp). There, my secret is out. It works for me, saves a ton of time and money for that matter. Now on occasion I will wash a delicate dress by itself, but on most days it is one dark load, one light load. Done.
JG on the other hans throws EVERYTHING together on cold. ( I am gasping on that one) .
You can report us to The Laundry Institute of America if you want.

Sarah said...

Right. I wash whites together 30 degrees, towels on 90 degrees,sports stuff 30 degrees,other coloured stuff 30 degrees.I put it all out on the washing line to dry whenever I can and into the tumble dryer when its wet outside. And if I had a laundry room like that photo ( we don't have laundry rooms at all in the UK ) I would just live in there with a tv, bookcase and fridge full of Chardonnay...

Vicki said...

I wash everything in cold water also!

Anonymous said...

Hmm. We have whites which include underwear, bras, towels, and washrags. Darks which include of course dark colored clothes and includes jeans. Lights which include dress shirts, khakis, and other clothes that are light colored or even white. Reds and then brights which are the oddly colored stuff. If it were up to me, I'd wash the reds with the darks, but it's not up to me. Everything is washed in cold water.

Brando said...

I am very close to you. Except I was all of Yins stuff separate because I hang it all to dry. I buy nice things and then resale it for close to new prices so I am a nutter.

I despise laundry. I bet I have 10loads right now. UGH! This fair is kicking my hind end.

OH- and Yin in now the proud owner of new glasses. I will have to email you a pic. :)

Kork said...

Alright...better late than never on this one...

Jeans/Dress Pants in one load, colors in another, whites a third, kids' in a 4th, sheets and towels constitute the 5th, and often 6th. Tiny Princess' diapers are a load by themselves. They are the only items that get washed in hot water. Once in a blue moon, I use warm for colors, and hot for whites. All items that can possibly be hung, get hung to dry. I love it that way!