I do only full loads of laundry, which, unfortunately, is not hard to do around here. I am a foster Mom and presently, am down to one little 14 yo, 2 dogs, and a mouse. We still manage to do 4-6 loads of laundry a week. The breakdown is as follows, towels (always plenty of them from showers, baths, company and the pool), bed linens (this includes sheets 1 x a week and other bed blankets, comforters and mattress pads 1x a month), Light colors, dark colors, and whites. This is as low as I can go without lowering the cleaning standards. If I have not got a full load, I might pull something a little early, say a curtain, or bedspread to make a load complete, but usually, I don't have to do that. I have made some changes to my laundry room recently, one was we added an outdoor clothesline near the pool, so some of the wet towels are simply being hung back on the line when we are done with them for a bit. I have family kids in and out all day long, so what if they have to use the same towel a couple of times while visiting and swimming? They'll live. With the foster daughter and myself, we have taken to using a bath towel 2-3 times (unless we've worked in the yard or something filthy) before tossing it in the wash. Also, I found some of those TurbyTwist tops for your hair at the $1 store, and I picked up a slew of those and give them to the fosters as a way to keep them from using a towel just for their hair and tossing each day in the laundry. Its their and they can hang it in the bath when they are done, and each one is a different color, so we know whose is whose on the floor! I'd say the new front loader is making a world of difference, clothes are cleaner with less water, the clothesline is making even mystery stains a thing of the past, the whites are coming out whiter in the sunshine and fresh air. And it all smells wonderful! I would encourage you to be careful of what is getting thrown in the laundry daily. If a shirt is worn to church for 2 hours, does it REALLY need to go in the laundry or can Junior wear it to school on Monday AND then toss into the laundry? Personal items should go in DAILY, bras u decide, panties and undies, DAILY! I come out of the bath into a towel and a bathrobe, and a Turby Twist and stand in front of the fan air drying while I put on jamas or an outfit. I don't need to use the towel to get ever nook and cranny, as it is pretty much dried by the time I slip something on. The Turby Twist goes back on the hook and the towel is hung up to dry. I only use it 2-4 times and then into laundry bin it goes. I know some people think you need to toss each one in, maybe for little ones who haven't really washed their personal parts maybe, but for those of us who know what a wash cloth is for, I am scrubbed clean, so the towel is only drying me enough I don't drip as I enter my bedroom, not to wipe my dirty fanny. Perhaps doing some things, such as throw rugs on an as needed basis? I was taking all the throw rugs in the house and doing them 1-2x a week, just because. I found it much better to do them as needed, or a minimum of 1x a week for the bath, to 1x a month for hallways, unless something appears needing it sooner. Hope this helps you get a grip on that laundry chore! Good luck!