It seems that lately I have not been able to catch up or keep up with the laundry. Why is it as soon as I am done there's more? My girls and Seanan all have their own laundry baskets. I also wash their laundry in Dreft (mainly because it's kid friendly, I like the smell, and when we tried to switch we had some breakouts on their skin, so we remain with Dreft.)
For our laundry we have one hamper and I separate (darks and whites) and then do them separately. So that totals for 5 loads. The kids have enough clothes to not have to do their laundry but once every 2 weeks (or weekly if they've been extra dirty one week.) What irks me (yes, I the northerner just used the word irk in a written sentence) is that as soon as the laundry has been washed and dried and the hamper returned to its proper place, it is within minutes filled with items that should have been in the original laundry that was just completed.
Hmph ... !
So what's a mom to do? Well, when my children forget to bring their baskets to the laundry room they don't get their laundry done. At 7 and 5 both are old enough to know when they have a full laundry basket they need to bring it to the laundry room and let mom know that the basket is full. They learned their lesson about this recently. Someone (not going to name names) ran out of underwear. So I believe the laundry lesson will be one they remember for some time.
I also have been teaching all my children (yes, even the 2 year old) how to take care of their clothes and different parts of doing laundry. My 2 year old helps throw the laundry into the washer and helps push the wet clothes into the dryer. He also helps separate his socks when we have his clean clothes finished.
Arianna and Audrie, being older, are being taught how to start the washer, add the soap (with Mom supervising), and how to switch the clothes from the washer to the dryer. That way they are learning responsibility as well as a lifelong necessity.
I think because I've had them helping since a very early age all three of them LOVE to do laundry. We have to work on the second stage of laundry (folding and putting away), but at least for the meantime they like to have clean clothes.
So does anyone have any suggestions on how to get younger children to enjoy separating, folding, and putting their clothes away? I'd LOVE to hear them because my girls dislike it terribly. (I can't blame them. I don't really like to put my clothes away either. :( I know a bad example.)