There is a wisdom to keeping to the old notion that you should set aside a particular day every week for your laundry. Firstly, establishing a routine makes you less likely to forget to wash a load. This saves you from the occasional marathon clothes-washing, which is a huge drain on your time and energy. If you live with a large family, setting a hard weekly deadline also makes it more likely that dirty clothes will wind up in the hamper, sparing you the weekly hunt for stray socks and discarded shirts.
Simultaneously, a once-a-week schedule should be sufficient to allow for a proper build-up of dirty laundry; as counterintuitive as it may be, the practice of doing small loads throughout the week is not doing your clothing any favors. Clothes washed in a medium or large load will actually come out cleaner than those washed in a small one.
When it comes time to wash clothing that cannot be safely cleaned in your own machine, bring it down to Bellevue Dry Cleaning.