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Do You Follow This Trick for Less Laundry?

I am always amazed at the mountain of laundry that amasses with two young children. Between my daughter changing outfits several times a day, to my son’s sensitivity to any kind of spill or wetness on his clothes and wanting to change them, our laundry pile seems to grow exponentially every day.

But I recently realized that there is a really simple and easy way to help keep the laundry pile a little more under control. And it was one of those smack yourself in the forehead kind of moments.

I don’t have to put my kids in a clean pair of pajamas every night.

Ever since my daughter was born, I would throw jammies in the dirty clothes pile every morning after only being worn one night, and then pull out a clean pair of pjs to be put on every night. Maybe you’re smarter than me and already had this one figured out, but for me, it was like — Duh! — I wear the same pajamas night after night, so why shouldn’t my kids?

So now, when my kids get dressed in the morning, I set their pajamas aside to be worn again for at least another night, and maybe several nights, instead of using a clean pair every night.  That means instead of having fourteen pairs of pajamas to wash each week, I only have to wash four or six pairs.

Now, obviously, with young kids, this doesn’t always work, sometimes kids can get messy, or dirty, or have accidents that necessitate a clean pair of pajamas.  But, most of the time, there is really no reason that they can’t wear the same pair of pjs for a couple days in a row, which really does help to cut down on the amount of laundry that I have to do.  Every little bit helps, right?

Do you get overwhelmed with your laundry pile? Do you have any little tricks for keeping it under control?

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