“Pile room”?

Cidu Bill on Apr 20th 2017


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33 Responses to ““Pile room”?”

  1. Pete Apr 20th 2017 at 08:46 am 1

    She’s removed all the wardrobes, drawers and racks, and just dumps her clothes in a pile.

    It’s funny cause it’s the opposite of what you’d expect someone to do.

  2. padraig Apr 20th 2017 at 09:03 am 2

    My kids did that with their rooms years ago. Clothes piled high on the floor, dressers and closets empty.

  3. Powers Apr 20th 2017 at 09:28 am 3

    It’s going to be in piles anyway, why keep up a pretense?

  4. mitch4 Apr 20th 2017 at 11:15 am 4

    Some houses (with access directly on the outdoors) have “mud rooms”. This seems a good indoors adaptation.

  5. Vulcan with a Mullet Apr 20th 2017 at 11:33 am 5

    I’m middle-aged and I still do this. Not exactly proud or embarrassed but… honest, I guess?
    It’s a time-honored way of cleaning your clothes, because as every teenager knows, after a week at the bottom of a heap, your jeans come out clean again!

  6. Mona Apr 20th 2017 at 12:50 pm 6

    Some people do not fold and put their clean laundry away, it ends up in a clean pile, to be put away when there is time, but there is never time, so they just pick what they want out of the pile.

    And, instead of using a laundry hamper, dirty clothes end up in a different pile.

    I like Powers comment, why keep up a pretense?

  7. Bookworm Apr 20th 2017 at 01:12 pm 7

    Are there really people who don’t do this?

  8. mitch4 Apr 20th 2017 at 01:50 pm 8

    Well, one of my retirement perks to myself is that I no longer do my own laundry. Either of two local laundromats will do a “Wash & Fold” service, where you drop off a sack of laundry, pay by weight, and get it back a few days later. Everything is folded and stacked neatly, but then is jumbled together in the bag.

    When I get it home, I put some things on shelves just in the stacks they have made. Other items, however, I do hang up. Undershirts and tee shirts are left in stacks.
    I’m trying to convince myself that outer shirts can stay in stacks, but there are difficulties with that — the convenience of sliding along a bar for selection, and the difficulty of distinguishing long and short sleeves in stacks. I know thedre are ways of folding that will keep a sleeve end exposed as signal, but that might be too much to ask from this very basic service.

  9. James Pollock Apr 20th 2017 at 02:51 pm 9

    “Are there really people who don’t do this?”
    Of course not. The closet is where clothes I never wear go.
    Dirty clothes are piled up in the hamper, and clean ones are in the dryer.
    OK, truth be told, sometimes the dirty socks scamper away and hide in the living room.

  10. Andréa Apr 20th 2017 at 02:56 pm 10

    I don’t. I couldn’t live like this.

  11. Mona Apr 20th 2017 at 04:10 pm 11

    You’re a good person, James, for using a hamper. [I know I shouldn’t say this out loud, but cannot restrain myself…] Hubby’s dirty clothes are on the floor on his side of the bed. He will put the towel he has used after showering into the bathroom hamper, but not the washcloth “because it is wet”.

  12. James Pollock Apr 20th 2017 at 04:22 pm 12

    Mona, I am long divorced and my little bird left the nest a while ago…
    I pershaps should have been more accurate, and said “dirty clothes are in the immediate vicinity of the hamper”

  13. Mona Apr 20th 2017 at 04:25 pm 13

    Thanks for coming clean James P!

  14. Cidu Bill Apr 20th 2017 at 04:36 pm 14

    I don’t question the concept of such a room — but does anybody call it a “pile room”?

  15. Boise Ed Apr 20th 2017 at 04:39 pm 15

    Mona 12]: :-)

  16. James Pollock Apr 20th 2017 at 04:48 pm 16

    I don’t question the concept of such a room — but does anybody call it a “pile room”?

    My guess is that the artist was trying to riff on “file room”, which is a thing, although not in houses, generally.

  17. Mona Apr 20th 2017 at 09:15 pm 17

    The secret is now out. This is why it takes women so long to get ready to go someplace. They have to hunt through the pile, finding matching socks and undergarments.
    Men, however, just grab whatever is on top. Doesn’t matter if socks match each other much less anything else they are wearing. And undergarments? Maybe, maybe not. (Come to think of it, socks maybe, maybe not also. Two socks? A bonus!)

  18. James Pollock Apr 20th 2017 at 09:24 pm 18

    “The secret is now out. This is why it takes women so long to get ready to go someplace. They have to hunt through the pile, finding matching socks and undergarments.”

    My daughter hasn’t bothered with socks that match each other since she was 12 or 13. And I’m pretty sure they’ve never matched her undergarments. Is that a thing I was supposed to have taught her?

  19. Mona Apr 20th 2017 at 09:43 pm 19

    JP, a matter of personal preference/style, not something you would teach her. In High School there was a guy who made it a point to wear socks that did not match each other, but they each did match what he was wearing. (I have NO idea if his undergarments matched anything.)

  20. Kilby Apr 21st 2017 at 02:41 am 20

    I agree with JP @16, this was just a weak pun on “file room”.

  21. Ted from Ft. Laud Apr 21st 2017 at 04:05 am 21

    If all the socks you own are the same, it makes it easy for them to match. And I don’t store clean clothes in the dryer - I store them on top of the dryer - easier to search through…

  22. James Pollock Apr 21st 2017 at 04:57 am 22

    “I don’t store clean clothes in the dryer - I store them on top of the dryer - easier to search through…”

    The lint trap is on the top of mine, so the top of my dryer is covered in lint.

  23. Robert Warden Apr 21st 2017 at 08:21 am 23

    I had a roommate back in the day whose closet looked a lot like that. Clean clothes in one pile, dirty clothes in another.

  24. Andréa Apr 21st 2017 at 10:22 am 24

    How can you coordinate anything when everything’s in a pile? I even coordinate my jewelry, which is DEFinitely not in a pile. Or a lump, for a better description.

  25. Ian D Osmond Apr 21st 2017 at 11:09 am 25

    My wife insists that her socks match. In thickness and feel. Color is irrelevant, though.

    The way we deal with this is, every couple of years, we throw out all our socks once our toes are about to poke out, and buy all new socks, always of exactly one brand and style for each of us. Mine have Gold Toe, hers are just plain black. All of her socks match all of her socks; all of my socks match all of my socks. The main trick is rotation — getting the socks just on the top-ish of the pile to the bottom-ish of the pile, so you’re not always wearing one group of socks, and leaving the others unworn. Because the idea for them all to wear about evenly, so that you can throw them all out at the same time.

  26. Mona Apr 21st 2017 at 12:17 pm 26

    My mother taught me how to darn socks using a wooden “egg” with a handle. I do not darn socks (they are repurposed) but I have used the technique to mend clothes.

  27. Boise Ed Apr 21st 2017 at 04:35 pm 27

    When I buy socks, I buy a dozen or so. Daily socks are the same black and gym socks are the same white. Not only does this make it easier to grab two that match, but it eliminates having to throw away those whose mates have gone missing.

  28. Andréa Apr 21st 2017 at 04:38 pm 28

    . . . at which point, you will find the missing mate and have to throw that one away, too.

  29. Cidu Bill Apr 21st 2017 at 04:50 pm 29

    Boise Ed, I do the same thing: I own about 20 pair of the identical white socks. Sorting out socks after doing a wash used to take more time than the price of a pair of socks warranted.

  30. Mark in Boston Apr 21st 2017 at 09:11 pm 30

    I also buy socks by the dozen.

    When you have enough identical socks, you can’t tell whether the laundromat has lost a sock or given you a free one. I always assume the latter.

  31. Treesong Apr 22nd 2017 at 01:23 pm 31

    I have a button taped to my bedroom door, ‘A pile for everything, and everything in its pile.’ My piles are books, but same principle.
    CB 20, if you have a room specifically for piles, what would you call it but a pile room? Seems to me the joke is having a pile room, not calling it one.

  32. Mark in Boston Apr 22nd 2017 at 09:24 pm 32

    If you’ve never had piles, consider yourself lucky. They are not fun.

  33. Meryl A Apr 26th 2017 at 12:57 am 33

    When I lived at home my mom did the laundry. I went through several weeks without finding some article of clothing and figured out that she would take a stack off the top of the laundry (in the bottom of the linen closet and wash and dry it. That got me to do my laundry while at home - dirty pile, clean pile.

    Then I got married and was expected to at least attempt to live up to the great household cleaning goddess that MIL was suppose to be (when we stayed at in-laws house to dog sit and I was found cleaning the soap dish in their shower because it was too gross for ME - the myth of his mom as the household cleaning goddess was gone forever for husband).

    Upstairs I have a large laundry bag attached to the bottom shelf in the linen closet with cup hooks. Laundry upstairs is tossed in there (I tried to teach husband to throw dirty socks on the floor, but finally gave up). On Wednesday nights the bag is removed and bounced down 2 flights of stairs to the basement. Then the laundry bag from the kitchen door to the basement - with the laundry from downstairs - is brought down after the first load is washed. I wash and dry 1-3 loads that night. I bring dry items up to the bedroom in a laundry basket and hang up husband’s shirts (which have been laid across the rest of the items in the basket). Next morning I wake up and after he has left the bed I fold the laundry sitting in bed (nice and warm in winter and always comfortable and one does not have to fully wake up to do so). I toss my tee shirts to a pile on the foot of the bed. When he quit his job and was home while I folded the laundry it was a problem - he kept turning over and knocking over the piles of socks and underwear I had stacked on him, so I learned to wait until he and “Star Trek, the Next Generation” headed to the office across the hall. Thursday night I wash and dry the rest of the laundry. I hang my tee shirts which I tossed to the bottom of the bed in the am on Thursday night. Friday night I fold the rest of the laundry. —- More or less sometimes the days are off - I have to work Thursday so it will all be folded Friday this week for example.

    Husband seemed to think that when he threw his laundry in the hole in the floor in the linen closet at his mom’s house the “laundry fairy” would make it reappear in his room clean and put away.

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