Dirty Laundry

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    Mar 22, 2015 9:19 PM GMT
    No, sorry, not politics or celebrity gossip. Banal topic for the day. In case you've had enough "boiling water."

    I'm drawing some cabinets for the master suite and thinking of making one to fit one or two dirty laundry hampers. Possibly doubling as a window seat. Currently, laundry accumulates in a hamper in the WIC, wedged in below the shoe rack. But... damn, it stinks up the closet!

    But in the drawing, this cabinet looks too big,compared to the others. Might have to find some smaller baskets. Hmm... why not just find a closed basket?

    Where do most people accumulate dirty laundry? In the bedroom? The laundry room? Sorted or unsorted?

    I had originally planned a laundry chute, from the top to the bottom of the house, but it was leading to a lot of code issues, so I thought I'd just "add it later." Somehow, that has always seemed like too much work, compared to just carrying a basket down the stairs.
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    Mar 22, 2015 9:24 PM GMT
    A long time ago, I hooked up with a young guy who did not actually own a bed. He just piled all his clothes on the floor and slept on that. icon_confused.gif

    I don't remember for sure whether he had a sheet thrown over the pile. By the end of our "session," it was just a pile of laundry. icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 22, 2015 9:32 PM GMT
    I put my laundry in a bin in the laundry room. I always drape my used workout gear over the side of the bin, so that it can air a bit and doesn't get all stinky. It eventually ends up in the bin with the normal laundry until the next wash. I also have a small laundry bin in the bedroom, which I chuck the odd item into.
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    Mar 22, 2015 9:33 PM GMT
    mindgarden said By the end of our "session," it was just a pile of laundry. icon_wink.gif


    gross
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    Mar 22, 2015 9:43 PM GMT
    moysandtoys said
    mindgarden said By the end of our "session," it was just a pile of laundry. icon_wink.gif


    gross


    He was really hot though. College track athlete. Sprinter's ass...
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    Mar 22, 2015 9:51 PM GMT
    I typically air the day's laundry overnight in a second restroom with fans turned on to extract all moisture. Collect them the next morning snd place then in a basket in the master closet.
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    Mar 22, 2015 10:02 PM GMT
    When I had a hamper it was mostly just for target practice and mostly I just missed. So it was a hamper with a lot of dirty laundry around it, pretty much just lying there on the floor getting in the way. You could say that the hamper was hampering. It was a hampering hamper.

    These days the wash is near the car. So I just take what's dirty to the machine pretty much every day. I don't separate or none of that girly shit. When the machine is full I turn it on and laundry's done. Simple as that. Being a very simple person, I like things uncomplicated. So that works for me. Your hampered miles may vary.
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    Mar 22, 2015 10:26 PM GMT
    Well, of course the other solution is just to not wear clothes. When sumer rolls around, I just use one pair of nylon gym shorts a day. Maybe two or three days if I swim or shower in them. Pair of socks on cardio day. Sleep on top of the bed.
    I do laundry about twice between June and September. (Ahem... which is probably why stinky stuff accumulates in the closet. It takes forever until there is a full load to wash.)
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    Mar 22, 2015 10:32 PM GMT
    I like your idea of converting part of a window seat to a container of dirty laundry, and I would do it as a pull out drawer rather than lift top access. This is something I learned the hard way with my own window seats. I had them redone 4 years ago to be drawers so I never again have to move anything from the top to get to what's stored in them.
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    Mar 23, 2015 1:13 AM GMT
    Sounds like I'm on the slob end of the scale. For some reason I find a laundry basket inconvenient and my dirty clothes are in a pile on the floor at one end of the closet. When I do laundry I root around in the pile and find the largest item and lay it flat on my bed and then pull everything else out of the pile, one at a time, shake it out so it's flat and lay it on the pile on my bed. Then I can roll up the pile and take it to the washing machine. A bath towel is the obvious best one to start with.

    The only time I've used a laundry basket is when using a laundromat when my dryer was on the fritz.

    My dirty clothes never stink since I don't do any strenuous work. My running stuff would get stinky but I rinse it out after every run.

    I hesitate to say this but being retired I have my "house clothes" that I wear until I go out, whereupon I shower and put on clean street clothes. In the winter I wear heavy wool socks 24x7 and I can wear the same pair for many days; I keep pressing them against my face and smelling them: no smell. (Reminds me of my thread about people who don't wash their feet.) I take a shower every day, sometimes twice a day.
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    Mar 23, 2015 1:44 AM GMT
    Well of course I have "farm clothes" and "going to town clothes" and never the twain shall meet. Except maybe a quick dash to Home Despot or the lumber yard or the parts houses. No point to putting on clean farm clothes if you're just going to immediately dive into the dirt or a nasty engine.

    Speaking of confessions...

    This is related to one of the cruel and unusual things that my Dad used to do to me when I was a teen. (These things were much more vital back then.) I'd come home from school in my best school outfit (of two or three), and only clean shoes, and Dad would order me to immediately crawl into the mud under a greasy tractor to fix something that he'd broken that day. He'd been waiting all afternoon, so he wasn't going to wait another five minutes for me to go change clothes. icon_mad.gif Thereafter, I'd have no unstained and torn clothes until the following summer, when I could buy some more.

    And of course, there was the reciprocal, where I would be grubbing out the barn in filthy farm rags, literally up to my knees in shit, and Dad would order me to get into the truck immediately. He'd made a snap decision to show a bit of affection, which consisted of dragging me to town, covered in shit, for a bit of (parts) shopping and lunch, at the risk that people I knew might see me like that. (Sometimes this was because he had decided to go the auction, where they served beer (sneaky!) and might need me to drive home. Though of course, it may not have been quite legal yet for me to do so.)
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    Mar 23, 2015 1:53 AM GMT
    I wash clothes for 2 on Saturdays. We toss undies, T's and socks in a 2x3 laundry basket in the closet.
    As for work out clothes, I always hang them to dry in the mornings and then toss them in the same dirty clothes hamper
    that evening after work.
    White dress shirts for work go in a different place in the closet for the dry cleaners each Sat. morning.
    I don't notice anything ever stinking since I don't do laundry in only June and Sept. rather.. it's recycled every 7 days.

    That said, my momma always told me, never air your dirty laundry... but then, that's what these forums are for.
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    Mar 23, 2015 4:55 AM GMT
    I think it's mostly the boot socks and the bicycle stuff that stinks. It's kind of amazing how much sweat filters through that stuff, but you don't notice it because it evaporates. Until you stop.
    (Hint: after-bicycle sex, on the deck, when you're both still gushing hot sweat, is amazing. icon_razz.gif )

    And lack of ventilation in the WIC. I suppose I could install some. But in any case, I'm replacing the motley collection of end tables with built-in cabinetry. And there is plenty of room.

    I liked the laundry chute idea, but it would have worked best if all of the bedrooms were arranged nearby (as per the original design.) But, contemplating putative teenagers, I decided to put the bunk room at the extreme opposite end of the house and two floors down from the master suite. Thus decoupling them. (Well, I'm still single after all these years, so I put the bunk room up on AirBnB. But I was building the house for the good of the farm, not just for me.)

    I seem to recall that when I was a little kid, the house we lived in had a big hamper with a lid, in the hallway outside the bedrooms, and everybody carried their clothes out to it. Well, it was big to a four year old.
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    Mar 23, 2015 12:38 PM GMT
    We lived in a two story home that had a cool laundry shoot.
    It was the lower half of a bathroom cabinet on the second floor and next to the pantry on the first floor.
    All the clothes would end up in the basement, piled on the floor next to the washer.
    Now I have two Longaberger linen baskets in the hall. One for uniforms and Undergear, the other for everything else.
    However, a lot of what I wear, day to day, is lined up along the base of our bed according to number of times worn and type of activity done while worn.

    -sneaking suspition my Dad and mindgarden's were separated at birth.
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    Mar 23, 2015 2:18 PM GMT
    dirty clothes basket in the bathroom.
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    Mar 23, 2015 3:26 PM GMT
    I have a basket at the bottom of my closet for certain laundry pieces, like shirts or those that need to be laundered a certain way. Some of the rest I just toss in the washer, like cleaning cloths or my underwear.
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    Mar 23, 2015 3:44 PM GMT
    washing machines and cloths dryers are auto magic and reduce piles of dirty clloths.
    Not too difficult to buy a pair of this technology to enhance your life. A used washer dryer pair is like $200
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    Mar 23, 2015 11:58 PM GMT
    We have a normal laundry hamper in the laundry room. All dirty clothes go into it. I don't want dirty laundry in my bedroom or bedroom closets. Shirts and things needing ironing after being washed are hung in a separate place and when I get a few things in a group, I iron them. Call me old fashioned or whatever, I even iron sheets and pillow cases. I do it with music going or a t.v. show going. It's not a drag then, and we both look great when we head out each morning.
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    Mar 24, 2015 12:26 AM GMT
    One of my biggest regrets at the moment is that we don't have a laundry hookup in our condo. Old building and all, there are 3 tenants and 2 washers and dryers in the basement.

    We've got a cupboard underneath the built-in bookshelves in the bedroom that has always been the "laundry hole". It's big enough for 2 decent sized baskets and we separate lights and darks.

    Years ago, I put some weatherstripping type stuff around the insides of the doors to help contain any aroma without disrupting the look of things, and every few weeks we toss one of those solid air fresheners to help combat any aroma.

    We may decide to sell the condo in the city and move out to the 'burbs to the house I inherited from my mom... and that has a laundry chute n both bedrooms, and I love that.

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    Mar 24, 2015 1:37 AM GMT
    I just buy new clothes when the old ones get stinky.
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    Mar 24, 2015 5:36 PM GMT
    When I redid my master bath, I put in a built-in wall closet in the short walkway between the sinks and the toilet, with pull-out drawers and a tie rack; I've got A LOT of ties! I left a space roughly 44" W x 24" D x 36" H in the lower right corner of the unit for a 3-bin laundry hamper on wheels, which fits neatly into the space. One thing I learned the hard way: don't let dirty laundry, especially whites like tees, sit around until you have a "full load;" the stains sink in and are a pain to get rid of! And we all know the hazards inherent in hanging polos and tees on hangers, right??
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    Mar 24, 2015 10:58 PM GMT
    I use one of those big blue plastic bins (about 2' x 3'), and I keep it in one of my walk in closets.
    I can't remember where I got it (Target ?).
    They come with a lid, but I don't use the lid. My laundry doesn't stink.
    I'm thinking that the lid would solve your problem.