Trout learned an important lesson this morning after yet another meltdown about pants. This time, it was specifically that she didn't have any clean pants to wear, a result of most of her dirty clothes residing on her floor rather than in the hamper, which I empty and wash. She knows that the rule is I'm not chasing clothes - if she wants them washed, they have to be put in the hamper. Anyway, I told her that she had three possible solutions: wear a dress (nope, PE day), wear one of the three brand new pairs of sweatpants that were currently on the bottom of her bed waiting for her to take the tags off and put in the laundry (but they haven't been washed and are slightly too long!), or pull a dirty pair out, give them the sniff test, and wear one. The third option she deemed positively the height of grossness, even when I told her that both her father and I routinely wear our pants two days before washing except in case of misadventure, and that when she's in college if they didn't walk by themselves they'd be deemed clean enough to wear. It's amusing that she finds wearing the pants more than one day before washing them offensive, because if I had a dollar for every time I've had to force her to change her underwear every day she'd have enough pants that I'd never have to do laundry at all. Anyway, I refused to engage her and made BigDaddyFish deal with her while I got the other two kids ready to go to school. He eventually convinced her to put on one of the pairs of sweatpants and go to school.
So, in honor of overworked launderers everywhere, how often do you wear your clothes before washing? I'm not talking about underwear of course - if you don't change those every day I don't want to know about it - but pants and sweaters and jackets and other things that aren't getting dirty or stinky with the same rate as things that touch your skin. How many days can you get out of a pair of jeans? Inquiring minds want to know. And please speak up; there just may be a prize in it somewhere, and it'll be better than laundry detergent.