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Old 02-28-11, 11:43 AM   #1
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Doing the laundry

The way I see it, getting the laundry done have several parts. Some are more tedious than others. On a scale of 1 to 10, this is how I rate them:

A. Picking up / Gathering dirty clothes from around the house --> 2 degrees of tediousness.
B. Putting dirty clothes in washing maching --> 1 degree of tediousness.
C. Moving wet clothes from washer to dryer --> 2 degrees of tediousness.
D. Putting clothes in hangers --> 10 degrees of tediousness.

By this scale, lets examine what happens if you have 2 loads of dirty laundry and you don't want to do it all, you just wanna help a little to win some points (degrees of tediousness == points when done).

Case 1 - You wash and dry all dirty clothes...

- Gathering -> 2 point x 2 loads = 4 points.
- Washing -> 1 points x 2 loads = 2 points.
- Drying -> 2 points x 2 loads = 4 points.

You ended up with a total of 12 points for your half-done job.

Case 2 - You do only one load but you do it all the way.

- Gathering -> 2 points x 1 load = 2 points.
- Washing -> 1 point x 1 load = 1 point.
- Drying -> 2 points x 1 load = 2 points.
- Hanging -> 10 points x 1 load = 10 points.

You ended up with a total of 15 points for your half done job.

Now, we need to keep in mind that messing up the house does have negative point consequences. Depending on where you leave the clothes that are clean but not hanged, you will have points subtracted from your total because you are messing up the place. I think we need another scale for that but I'm unsure on the amount of points that should be assigned to each infraction. Possible sub-divisions of the leaving-clean-clothes-around penalty could be:

- The couch --> Now you can't sit on it until somebody else finishes your half-done job.
- The kitchen table -> Now you are blocking it and it can't be used until somebody else finishes your half-done job.
- The bed -> Now people can't lay on it until somebody else finishes your half-done job.
- The Laundry room -> Especially if you leave the clothes inside the dryer you slacker!

Foo Assignment #1 -> Assign points to the leaving-clean-clothes-around penalties.
Foo Assignment #2 -> Revise laundry job tediousness scale and suggest changes if any.
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On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the most boring, I rate the OP's post a .2 .
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On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being the most boring, I rate the OP's post a .2 .
Man it was either this, or a rant about the US Postal Service :S
It's been a boring day over here in the super-heated state of Florida with 85.6 degrees.
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You need a magic house. I live in one. I take my clothes off at the end of the day and they magically appear in the closet sometime later. I was working out of town last month for about 3-4 weeks. That's the first time I had to do laundry in 18 yrs. I love my wife.
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Man it was either this, or a rant about the US Postal Service :S
It's been a boring day over here in the super-heated state of Florida with 85.6 degrees.
No kidding. My mail over the past couple months from State Farm has gone like this:
1) Policy Statement, THIS IS NOT A BILL
2) Policy Statement, THIS IS NOT A BILL
3) CANCELLATION NOTICE, BILL VERY LATE.

Nowhere in there did a bill (they claim to have mailed it twice) actually show up. I get my neighbors' mail regularly. Usually people in the same building, but sometimes people from across the complex, down the street, etc. I also randomly don't get mail, or have it returned to the sender as "Address does not exist". Really? I'm pretty sure I live here. The best part is that if you cover up the "Address does not exist" mark and put a fresh stamp on it, it goes through the second time. I've given up on complaining to the post office, they clearly don't actually care.
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I've gotten my neighbors' w2 statements before. I was nice enough to hand them to him in person instead of sending it back in the mail and relying on it getting sent to the correct address the 2nd time around, maybe 1-28 days later.
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My head hurts with all of the point-assigning stuff.

This is the time to start teaching your children about household chores. They should know that dirty clothes go in the hamper. They can help sort whites and colors and help with the washer and dryer loading/unloading. They can also help with folding the clean clothes.

I had my daughter take over her own laundry when she was in 8th grade and I haven't done her laundry since. There were a couple of days when she went to school in some grubby looking stuff, but that didn't happen too often.

I was amazed when I went to college and lived in the dorms that there were other kids there who had never done laundry in their lives. They were asking how to run the washing machine and how to add detergent.
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Yeah, just put in about 1/2 a bucket of detergent. That should be enough to get them clean. Then laugh when the wash machine explodes with suds.
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Have your kids help. Maybe just sorting/matching the socks now. That's what my parents always did. Then when I was older they made me start the machine and all.
Laundry is probably the worse chore ever.
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The last wife and last GF I lived with both had the same philosophy. You wear it, you wash it, same went for kids older than 12. I may have gotten a pass on towels and sheets for various lawn work and spider killing.

Bachelor time saving tips. underwear does not need to be folded. All of my socks are the same color size and shape. Go buy yourself two new 6-packs every year or so to make sure they all match, throw them all in the drawer.
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All I wanted to say is sharing two washers with 36 apt's sux!
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My head hurts with all of the point-assigning stuff.

This is the time to start teaching your children about household chores. They should know that dirty clothes go in the hamper. They can help sort whites and colors and help with the washer and dryer loading/unloading. They can also help with folding the clean clothes.

I had my daughter take over her own laundry when she was in 8th grade and I haven't done her laundry since. There were a couple of days when she went to school in some grubby looking stuff, but that didn't happen too often.

I was amazed when I went to college and lived in the dorms that there were other kids there who had never done laundry in their lives. They were asking how to run the washing machine and how to add detergent.
Yes! Teach them to iron too.
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All I wanted to say is sharing two washers with 36 apt's sux!

Ew that's gross. You never know WHAT's been put into those machines. Blechh.
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Getting the job done with unpaid child labor is always a plus. And if the kid fits inside washer it's even better as you can get the child clean AND the laundry done in one go.
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The last wife and last GF I lived with both had the same philosophy. You wear it, you wash it, same went for kids older than 12. I may have gotten a pass on towels and sheets for various lawn work and spider killing.

Bachelor time saving tips. underwear does not need to be folded. All of my socks are the same color size and shape. Go buy yourself two new 6-packs every year or so to make sure they all match, throw them all in the drawer.
Calling the Feminist Squad for this one.
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Getting the job done with unpaid child labor is always a plus. And if the kid fits inside washer it's even better as you can get the child clean AND the laundry done in one go.
And calling CPS for this one.

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My head hurts with all of the point-assigning stuff.

This is the time to start teaching your children about household chores. They should know that dirty clothes go in the hamper. They can help sort whites and colors and help with the washer and dryer loading/unloading. They can also help with folding the clean clothes.

I had my daughter take over her own laundry when she was in 8th grade and I haven't done her laundry since. There were a couple of days when she went to school in some grubby looking stuff, but that didn't happen too often.

I was amazed when I went to college and lived in the dorms that there were other kids there who had never done laundry in their lives. They were asking how to run the washing machine and how to add detergent.
Exactly what I would have said if you had not said it first. The monkeys (7 y.o.), put their clothes in their own hamper, carry the hamper to the basement when full, sort their laundry, help load and unload machines, fold and put away their own laundry. Time to train your kiddos, Rube.
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Man it was either this, or a rant about the US Postal Service :S
It's been a boring day over here in the super-heated state of Florida with 85.6 degrees.
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Exactly what I would have said if you had not said it first. The monkeys (7 y.o.), put their clothes in their own hamper, carry the hamper to the basement when full, sort their laundry, help load and unload machines, fold and put away their own laundry. Time to train your kiddos, Rube.
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Put dirty clothes in hamper = no big deal
Doing laundry if wife can't = no big deal
Folding / hanging up clean clothes = no big deal

I've always thought the whole process was relaxing, as long as my wife doesn't supervise me.
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Doing laundry if wife can't = no big deal
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My wife recently had two toes amputated and also has big issues with COPD.
I try to help around the place.
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