We have a tightly controlled and highly functional laundry system in our house, with every kid having their own laundry day, their own sock nets, sheets washed every 2 weeks etc. There are few missing socks or half filled loads of wash.
Then the kids come home from college and all efficiency is thrown out the window.
Boys wait until they can't find socks and underwear. Then stuff the washing machine with every type of clothes, exceeding maximum capacity. Set the machine for 98 minutes of heavy duty wash. With double fabric softener. Forget about the clothes and remember them a day later, when they need underwear.
Girls put one silk blouse in the washer for 36 minutes on the gentle cycle, with one cup of detergent and one cup of fabric softener. Then put that one piece in the dryer.
A friend's college daughter is raking in big bucks by charging $10 to do a load of wash. Kids deliver the dirty clothes. She does her homework while the clothes wash and then takes 5 minutes to fold them. The kids pick up the clothes and pay her. Business is booming.
What is it with college kids and laundry?!