Dear Kid,

Shopping for a washer dryer is better than learning how to do laundry in a river with a rock. DearKidLoveMom.comThe new washer and dryer are being delivered today.

You might think that is cause for celebration.

If you think so, you’re partly right.

I can’t say I’m exactly excited about 97 loads of laundry, but it sure beats having 97 loads of laundry piling up in the laundry room.

The thing about laundry (as I’m sure you’ve found in college) is that it expands in exact reverse proportion to the amount of time you have available for laundry-ing.

Laundry. This is how it used to be. DearKidLoveMom.comWhen there is nothing but time (or a great game on TV during which you can fold laundry or move the wash to the dryer during commercials) you have one pair of shorts and a t-shirt that need to be cleaned. When you’re completely out of clothes, you have no time whatsoever to get laundry taken care of. It’s Murphy’s variation on laundry.

There is also an axiom about laundry supplies (this is particularly true for those on tight budgets). The more laundry you have, the less detergent is left in the bottle. And all the stores are closed except the one 5 miles away and you don’t have a car and really those jeans can certainly be worn one more time.

Laundry: The Reality DearKidLoveMom.comI learned today that if you have very dirty clothes, you should run them through the wash twice with your regular amount of detergent rather than doubling the detergent in one cycle.

The next sound you hear will be the spin cycle.

Love, Mom