Look carefully at your family’s clothing habits and figure out exactly how often you need to do laundry in the first place. Are jeans – which can go through multiple wears before they get washed – your family’s staple pant? Does your husband wear undershirts that mean his button-downs could get a second use? If you make sure everyone in the family has enough socks and underwear to last two weeks, then you can do those washes less frequently. The same is true of sheets and towels: If you have more than two sets, then you can wait until at least two sets are dirty and wash them together while the third is in use.