And can I just say how much
As I wandered around the house this morning collecting socks from behind the couch cushions, the toy bins, the beds, under the tables, couches and beds, and behind the doors in every room in the house it dawned on me how many pairs of sock and underwear I wash every week. Thankfully during the summer these numbers are significantly less.
7 pairs of socks times 7 people equals 49 pairs of socks! That is 98 individual socks. That is just if the kids wear only one pair of socks a day, which for some reason is just not enough to get through the day. Wee Nut, takes his socks off and has to taste them before tossing them aside. I have never been able to figure out why kids insist on putting socks in their mouths, but so far all 4 of my boys have at one point ripped their socks off and put them directly into their mouths. So, lets add about 9 more socks (that is individual socks) to the equation for Wee Nut. She Nut wiggles and kicks her socks off, but I can usually find them and put them back on, not always though, so I will add 5 more socks for her. The older three boys tend to take off one sock, toss it somewhere unfindable when needed and have to get another sock. This happens about 3-4 times a week per child and we usually need to find them to leave the house again 2-3 times a week. So I will add 9 more socks for that. A few times a week, they loose both socks and insist on a new pair for bed. 4 more socks for that. So that ends up being 125 individual socks and 62.5 pairs. A. Week. That is a lot of socks.
Then we have 2 older boys, myself and my husband, 28 pairs of underwear with an average of 2 accidents a week...you know, because playing is more important than going to the bathroom. Sigh. One potty trainer who is trying his best, but not quite there, 14 pairs for him. With 2 still in diapers, that is at least 44 pairs underwear a week.
Socks and underwear are pretty much their own load. So tiny and so annoying.
Without even counting the several changes of clothes and random laundry from She Nut, we have about 33 pairs of pants and about 47 shirts and about 15 sets of PJ's.
And yes, I took the time to figure it out and count it all...because I just can't believe the mounds and mounds of laundry that keep appearing.
And this doesn't even include the bedding, towels, sweatshirts, jackets, or the play clothes that get FILTHY in our grassless back yard. Add 6 sets of dusty dirty play clothes for that.
With all this laundry, its no wonder I prefer to make my own laundry soap.
Today I am suddenly buried in laundry as I try to get all of the warm weather clothes separated and put in the bins. I have been chasing the kids around for weeks, holding up clothes to see if they fit one kid or the other. Figuring out if one will be sharing clothes with another. At this point, I don't care if they fit, they are getting what they get, and they are gonna be happy about it.