How Many Jeans Does One Mom Need?
While helping a friend "biff through" her clothes last week, I had the opportunity to test-drive my original formula for figuring out how many of one type of garment a person needs. Watching her pull jean after jean out of the drawer, I think I said out loud, "How many pairs of jeans do you need?"
"Well, I was going to ask you that."
And then I realized I knew how to figure it out:
- "How many times a day do you have to change ...?" (She actually finished my sentence for me, "... because of spit-up?"). Her answer: 3 times per day. A normal number for a mother of a six-month-old.
- "And how long could something be in the laundry?" Her answer: She does laundry twice a week. Translation: 4 days.
- The math: 3 x 4 = 12. If she doesn't have 12 pairs of jeans, she'll be wearing something else when she's doing laundry that last day.
- Oh. And this assumes she wants to wear jeans everyday. She does.
Me? I have four pairs. Dark straight, for with my Converse, long dark "bootcut", for with heels, and a longer and a shorter pair of these, for my most leisurely days.
Seems like alot to me.