I took an approximately 48 hour break from laundry for no other reason than I was feeling lazy and didn't want to do any. I didn't do any on Monday or Tuesday. Two short days. That's it. I didn't think it would be too big of a deal. I knew it would build up, but I didn't realize to what extent. Stupid mistake (and I really shouldn't be surprised).
I currently have one load in the washer and 9 more waiting to be washed. 10 loads accrued in 2 days. 10!? How is that possible? Let me tell you how. Each day we have:
- 6 pairs of socks
- 6 pairs of underwear
- 6 pairs of pants
- 6 shirts
- 6 bath towels (plus the kitchen dish towels and wash cloths)
That's the everyday stuff. In 2 days I have enough pairs of pants to make a full load. In 2 days I have enough towels to make a full load. (Yeah. It's weird to me too.) Therefore, I'm washing one or the other of those things, every other day. I wash the kids shirts separately from the adults. Same with their underwear. (Thus, one of the reasons why I have 10 loads to do today.) There was a time when I would have my kids use their bath towels for 2 days in a row in an effort to cut down on towel laundry. Since our lice incident in October, I no longer do that. It's now one use and straight to the wash and washed in hot water. I'm still slightly paranoid.
There's also the random things that always pop up. Like:
- bedding (because of a diaper leak/bed wetting, puking on them)
- extra clothes (because of the same reasons as above)
- anything else the kids decide to make dirty
I guess my longest allowed break is only going to be 12 hours from now on. You know, from the time I stop at night and then go to bed, until the time I wake in the morning and start all over again.