Lose the Labour of Laundry
This picture of cute little folded baby clothes and booties gets old really quick, as it turns into 20 piles of clean laundry engulfing the couch and coffee table surfaces. Then can sit in baskets for weeks on end. The basket waiting for that spare moment you can put it all away. But it doesn’t have to be this way, and no judgement if it is, I am sure many of you have learned to resent doing the laundry just as I did.
This Mom Hack will save you hours of labour and frustration. Long over are the days of labouring sorting the whole family’s clothes onto the couch, then having a little one destroy the piles, or dump a laundry basket of full nicely folded and sorted clothes.
When it comes to the kid’s laundry - if you don’t have any new clothes with dyes that might bleed- I recommend putting each person’s clothes into the wash as one complete load. You will save yourself loads of time sorting before and after. Don’t mix their clothes with other people of the house. By doing this you will cut your sorting down by half! Are the loads smaller, maybe but you can select a smaller load size on the washer or wash each person’s clothes fewer times per week. We can usually get away with once a week, but do the kid’s stuff twice a week, just in case. Now you have less piles to sort after each load of laundry.
Even with these fewer piles per load you can save yourself even more time, by taking it right out of the laundry putting it on the kid’s bed who it belongs to and folding it right into it’s proper storage drawer or closet. If your child(ren) like to be your shadow (like mine) and follow you around the house you can even prompt them to help/ Ask them to take the folded items and putting them into the proper spots, or better yet get them to match the socks!
If you wash one load each day of the week you will need less than 5 minutes to put the load away. Perfect to do while the kidlet is fighting their way into their pyjamas, or preparing their backpack for the morning.
Extra ambitious at giving up this timely Mom/Parent responsibility? By 5 or 6 years old you can add doing their laundry to their chore chart. Tune in next week for some tips on kids and chores! I know we all grew up hating doing them, and no one wants to torture their children with them; however, they truly can be a cornerstone for raising responsible children into autonomous adults.