May 28, 2012

A Few Short of a Full Load

I wash laundry once a week, on Saturday mornings.  So you'd expect roughly 7 sets of skivvies in the hamper for each of us. 

Here's a shot of this week's damage.  Does something look a little "off" to you?


 

Note:  mine are on the left

 
I think it's time for a chat with the kid about rotating in a fresh pair each morning.  She gets on a kick with her favorites and finds it a waste of time to swap them out.   

Am I the only parent here that's a few underpants short of a full load?

-Beard

30 comments:

  1. Ha! You are not alone. I find it odd that I have to ask the kids if they changed their undies. LOL

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    1. Maybe they are being good stewards and going green? Saving on water and laundry soap and stuff.

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  2. This makes me laugh. And sigh. If only my little one was willing to wear the underwear to wash.

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  3. No, sadly, you are not alone. I have to ask my eldest every day if she has changed them. Kids are gross. :-)

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    1. I hope your eldest is not 15.

      Agree, kids are filthy.

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  4. Anonymous5/28/2012

    At least she wears them, unlike a few of my own... O_o

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  5. Sounds like a pattern is forming here in the comments, NOBODY IS WEARING UNDERPANTS.

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  6. Anonymous5/28/2012

    It's the total opposite in our house. My daughter wears clean to bed after her shower and then clean to start the day. That's 14 a week. She has certain ones that are just for bed and ones that are better for daytime wear.

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    1. That cracked me up, and I'm unsure which underpantitis is worse: too many or too few? I'd take either one over commando style.

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    2. Anonymous5/29/2012

      The only issue is the hanging out of so many little undies on the clothes line. I've started to get her to do it. She's 9. I'm worried about getting RSI in my fingers from the clothes pegs!

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  7. Too funny. I have the exact opposite problem. My four year old daughter can go through 12 pair in a week. I never see her changing them, but she's wearing her older brother's by the end of the week 'cause her drawer is empty. Why?!?!

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    1. How does her older brother feel about sis' wearing his tighty whities?

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  8. HA! Sitting at the kitchen table with my boys (14 and 12) realized that the older one had been wearing the same shirt for 4 days and the younger one...2 days...and I won't even go near the underwear problem! Where have I gone wrong???

    Julie

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    1. WHAT, YOU'RE TELLING ME KIDS DON'T GROW OUT OF THIS? Crud.

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  9. This has not been a problem. What has been a recent problem is the sudden inclination to leave dirty clothes on the bedroom floor ... at which point the dog ferrets out the underwear and takes them to the living room, where she proceeds to chew on them, under the sofa. Of course, the dog NEVER did this until I spent $25 on 5 pairs of PRETTY underwear because my 16 year old daughter's 78 year old piano teacher told her she was going to write a book and call it "Life's Too Short for Ugly Underwear" ... I told my daughter that if she didn't start picking up those clothes and putting them in the hamper, either she was going to start paying for her pretty underwear or she was going back to "6+ a bonus pair Hanes" at Walmart. ;-)

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    1. Those Hanes nut huggers are painful, and your story is a unique spin on "the dog ate it" excuse.

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  10. I wish I could only do laundry once a week! As it is, I do an average of 3 loads of laundry PER DAY! This includes cycling clothes, running clothes, work clothes, play clothes, night clothes and, sheets and towels and, of course, countless pairs of undies. Granted, there are 5 of us, but still.....

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    1. Holy dirty pants, you do 21 loads, what in tarnation? Sounds like your household should try Pigtails' filthy Fruit of the Loom reuse program to give you a break.

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  11. you are not alone. my kids forget to regularly freshen up the underwear scene. once, in the morning my 4 year old started laughing because after his bath the night before he forgot to put undies on. another time he had two on. i think that they are distracted folk, these kids.

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    1. If you take the number of times your son skips the BVDs and average that with the times he loads up with two layers, it probably averages out to 1 pair per day. So you're all good.

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  12. Ha ha ha! I remember as a child (maybe 8 or 9) that I did not want to change my underwear, and there was no rationality behind it. I'm not sure that my parents ever noticed, or maybe I snuck some clean skivvies into the hamper.

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    1. That's innovative sneaking clean bun huggers into the hamper, and I didn't outgrow dirty undies until age 15.

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  13. I have the opposite problem. My daughter changes her underwear (and clothes too) about 3 times a day. I have so much laundry. Of course, she's only 3. I encourage the independence of dressing herself so that's what I'm left dealing with!

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    1. Ha, your daughter will outgrow the novelty of self-changing multi times a day, and turn into a filthy underpant minimalists like my kid, just wait.

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  14. I am SOOOO glad that you made sure we knew which ones were yours... I was beginning to worry a little bit. LOL!

    My kids always seem to have the same problem... except now... that my daughter is turning into a teenager... it's going the other direction. WHY do you need to go through 2 bras in a day?!? Tell me!! UGH! LOL!

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    1. michele double you6/10/2012

      Well, one needs to choose the appropriate undergarment for the tank top that layers under yet another top. ;) Jess, trust me, train her to do her own laundry. I have a 13 year old, a 15 year old, and we host a foreign exchange student who is 17. All girls. I no longer have to sort which items have to be hung or have to be clean for wearing in 4 hours....
      Best of luck.

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  15. Starting to have the bra talk with the kid now. Lord help me.

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  16. Well, that's approximately 2 more pairs than my 6 year old has in the laundry each week. I hope this changes as she gets older - but for now, it's a battle I don't fight...I don't know - is it worse to have the same pair on for a couple/few days...or, none at all...hmmmm - now you've got me thinking -

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