Wednesday, November 14, 2007

What? I can't hear you for all the dirty underwear.

Did you know that I'm not Super Woman? I'm not even close.

So, how do I at least keep my family in clean clothes? Huh? HUH? Well, if you've been reading, it's no big secret:

I don't!

Ta-dah! The End.

Alrighty, I'm just kidding. Actually, my kids all do their own laundry. The older two do every single stitch, except for anything fancy (which in our house, means "about three outfits total, and only worn for special occasions). All three kids have a very fancy color coordinated very old plastic laundry basket in their rooms where the worn, stinky stuff goes. When it's full, it's laundry day!

I have arrows on masking tape, stuck to my washer so that they remember all of the settings. If I notice that it's time to move wet clothes to the dryer, I'll give them a little shout-out.

When everything is fluffed and dried, they take their clean clothes to their rooms and put everything in its proper place.

My four-year-old can do everything except set the dials and put in the detergent ... mmmm and FOLD! Yet, she loves to help, so I let her do just as much as she can ... without dumping my new tub of homemade detergent all over the floor. She can certainly put away all of her folded clothes, as well as hang up things in her closet!

My oldest daughter has a really bad habit of putting on a brand new set of p.j.'s every single night, instead of wearing them a few times. Funny, how they start to get worn again as that laundry nears the top of the basket!

Are they out of socks or underwear? So sad for them. They better get busy!

I do my laundry and my husband's. I love doing his laundry. Who am I kidding? I just have a TON of other things I'd rather he do while he's home.

Works for me .... Wednesday!

Heh. Heh. That's what SHE said! :)


Sarah @ Ordinary Days said...

My tip this week goes along with your. It's also about having kids be responasible for their own things. My kids are a little younger so they don't do laundry eyt but they do keep their room clean!
You make me want to invest in a step stool so they can start learning about laundry, too! :)

Christine said...

My kids have to use the step stool to reach everything in the washer.

Funny, how the step stool makes something so much more FUN!

amie said...

Yay! I LOVE this post. We are going to try this (put 2 baskets in his room, one for colors and one for whites).

bauer zoo said...

i have been reading your blog for a while and absolutely love it! my oldest 3 do their own laundry, the younger 2 aren't quite there yet, but they do like to help fold!

Hillary said...

I've been doing my own laundry since I was nine. Before that, I my only job was to put away my folder laundry. It ALL became my job when my mom began finding cafefully folded clean laundry in the hamper in my room.

Heh. Heh. .... oops?

Briggie said...

my kids have been responsible for their own laundry, making their own beds, changing their sheets, and overall cleaning of their rooms once they became tall enough to reach the buttons on the washer and push the vacumn. they actually didn't mind because when i was in charge, lots of their things ended up in the trash or at the goodwill. of course i was always there to lend a hand, make suggestions, teach them the tricks of the trade and supervise. i find it helps them become more aware and responsible for their things, and they take better care of them when they know they're the ones who have to clean it up or fix it.

Heather said...

I love it. We do something similar but our washer and dryer are in the basement at the bottom of a very rickety set of steps.

Sara said...

heck yea! Lovin it!

Tracy said...

I didn't know how to do laundry until I was away in college and am determined that my children will not be the same way. I'll have to file this away for when they are taller!

Awesome Mom said...

My mom had us doing laundry from a very tender age. I managed to do quite well and only ruin a few things. My three year old and almost tow year old love to help me put the laundry in the washer and dryer. We have a front loader which is just the right height for the little guys.

Ana said...

Wow I'm impressed! I need my son to come spend some time at your place learning to do laundry. Homemade laundry detergent? Gotta share that recipe!