Sunday, September 28, 2008

Laundry Longevity

If you're anything like me, laundry is a dreaded, time-consuming task that is not very high on your to-do list. Here are a few "laundry longevity" tips so that you can put it off for as long as possible.

  • Buy extra socks. It seems like sock (especially during winter or when exercising a lot) are one of the first items to run out. And then you have to do laundry just to have clean socks! So figure out what items are making you do laundry more often, whether it be t-shirts, socks, etc and get a few extra.
  • Do not, I repeat, DO NOT wear your jeans only one time and then wash them. Whoever said that jeans got dirty after one exposure to outside air. Please, that is a foolish notion that society has tried to confuse your mind with. Jeans are hardy pieces of clothing. They can stand multiple beatings before laundering. Same can go for t-shirts as well. If they didn't get sweaty and they still smell pretty, why waste water, soap and time? Refold and wear again!
  • Make some friends OFF CAMPUS who have a nice BIG washer and dryer. Since you're not going to be doing your laundry as much, you'll have more to do. In the dorm, that would be a problem. But off campus, you can do it in the same amount of loads OR LESS if you plan it right.

Well, that's about it. And if you want to know the real reason I posted my slightly embarrassing opinions on laundry, it's because I couldn't resist naming a post "Laundry Longevity". You must admit, it's a great title.


emily said...

Which reminds me...
My load has been in the 3E dryer all afternoon... 3 quarters is way too pricey to re-fluff :*(
So I guess that I will either be ironing this week or wearing wrinkled clothes. Unfortunatly, latter is probably the most realistic option.

Alex said...

... What if we live off campus with our own large washer and dryer... and what if, when we accidentally leave clothes too long in the dryer they magically end up folded and in a basket by the stairs ;)

Johonn said...

Amen! Preach it sister!

I used to wear the same pair of jeans all week last year. Only problem with this is that by the end of the year, i've used them up and they immediately get holes in the knees upon arriving in maine for the summer!

sarah paris said...

yep i agree! i need to go get socks. another thing to put on my list. =)

Jason said...

good tips on laundry... and nice alliterative title.

yeah, I think I remember meeting you. and you played music at Beth-Anne and Matthew's wedding, right?

barry said...

Excellent advice, some of which I follow myself. However, doing laundry is fun. There's nothing quite like returning to my room with a bulging sack of clean, warm clothes.

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