Just after college, my apartment mate and I would joke about the fact that her older brother would sometimes call and have very little to say beyond the fact that he'd done his laundry or was planning to do his laundry. I don't think our own social life was all that much more glamorous, but we felt superior.
Today with the love of my life and all three children, I went to a big box store and bought socks and underwear for various members of the family. A special treat - an evening out - and do you want all cotton or is some lycra o.k.? Sometimes clean clothes or new socks are just exactly what you need.