I have vivid memories as a child putting my pyjamas in the drier so they would be toasty warm as I crawled into bed. I also remember my mom putting my baby sisters car seat on the drier because the slow and steady movement was calming. These days if my laundry is ever caught up, I feel like I have won an Olympic gold medal or that I have moved into a new house.
Laundry is a chore. But over the past few months, my load has gotten lighter. I’m not sure why it took me this long to get it all sorted out.
Make Your Kids Do Their Own Laundry. Why did I not relinquish this job long ago! Laundry has got to be the easiest most mindless chore in the house. You literally throw some things in a huge machine, close the door, and push a button. Training my kids how to do laundry took about 5 minutes. They know their colours, can read a care instruction on a clothing tag and are fairly savvy with pushing buttons. (Mine included)
My two teenage girls are more than capable and it stresses me out a whole lot less to have them just do their own. I was getting so tired of clean clothes showing back up in the wash because they wore them for five seconds or didn’t get around to putting them away. I was tired of the sorting and folding. I was tired of nagging them to put laundry away that I had done. Now, they are in charge of it all. If they want it folded, it’s up to them. I love our new system. They liked it for the first month but now the novelty has worn off and reality has hit. Guess what, they still do it and often coordinate loads together. Best of all, the experience has brought back all the happiness that surrounds the laundry room. It’s reminded me there’s just something about fresh load of laundry.