Great intellectual challenges in my life by Tracy Crisp | Nov 2, 2006 | Uncategorised | 13 comments Despite my general pleasant attitude towards the washing, there is one thing which plagues me week after week after week: should the maroon under-things go in with the colours or the darks? 13 Comments caramaena on November 2, 2006 at 7:54 pm Darks. I’ve had a bad experience with things that are any shade of red. For me darks is the only option. Reply Cristy on November 2, 2006 at 9:45 pm Darks. Always the darks. Anything with red in it is trouble. They can bide their time, but they will eventually attack and your coloureds will suffer… Wow. I am surprised by the fact that I felt compelled to click through in order to comment on this issue. Is there something wrong with me that I am currently ignoring politics and gender questions, but particularly keen to comment on housekeeping issues? Reply blackbird on November 2, 2006 at 9:49 pm yes Reply Pavlov's Cat on November 2, 2006 at 10:51 pm No. Cristy, you’re just nesting — surely you recognise the symptoms by now? Reply Pavlov's Cat on November 2, 2006 at 10:51 pm No. Cristy, you’re just nesting — surely you recognise the symptoms by now? Reply Suse on November 3, 2006 at 9:03 am Wait, you have a darks and a coloureds? I always thought that was the same pile. God. Confused, in Melbourne. Reply Helen on November 3, 2006 at 11:33 am I am a slattern. Have only started washing whites separately (since nappy days, that is, and what nappy days they were) since Boychild started doing Taekwondo in that adorable white uniform they wear. Apart from that, yes, reds with darks if you’re not a slob like me, and Cristy, welcome back to Oz and yes it’s a nesting symptom. The good news is, you’ll get unlimited opportunities to exercise any laundry urges in the near future :-/ Reply ThirdCat on November 3, 2006 at 12:53 pm We have darks and coloureds, because there is enough non-whites for two loads, so they may as well be separated that way as any other. I used to do taekwondo. A little hint: you can easily dye a white belt to yellow, but yellow to green doesn’t work. Everyone else will notice that it isn’t quite right. Cristy, not long now and you’ll be dusting down your window sills. You can scoff and say ‘no I won’t’. But you will. You will. Reply Laura on November 3, 2006 at 2:38 pm washing is a genderpolitical issue, especially when it comes to maroon under-things, which are generally man’s pants in my experience. What Suse said. Lights and darks is as advanced as it gets around here. Both kinds generally come out of the machine with more cat hair on than when they went in. Reply Cristy on November 3, 2006 at 6:48 pm Thank you. Yes, I do recognise the ‘nesting instinct’ but am currently battling reality (AKA I am in denial about the power of hormones). Unfortunately I am not yet back in OZ yet Helen. I fly out on Tuesday and cannot wait. I am quite looking forward to dusting my window sills to be honest. I have previously stooped to scrubbing clean the detergent draw of my washing machine in order to procrastinate, so nothing is really going to shock me too much… Reply Zoe on November 3, 2006 at 7:43 pm Ahem. I have a browns/reds/maroons/purples pile, a blues pile, a greens pile, a blacks pile and a fluffies pile. It’s because I don’t wash very often. Honest. Reply redcap on November 3, 2006 at 9:30 pm White is white, red is red and never the twain shall meet! Reply Kate on November 5, 2006 at 8:22 pm “I have previously stooped to scrubbing clean the detergent draw of my washing machine in order to procrastinate, so nothing is really going to shock me too muchâ€¦” Thank the lord I’m not the only one! Also, maroon = dark. Reply Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.