Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Creating with my Kids.... Laundry

"Cleaning and scrubbing can wait til tomorrow,
for babies grow up, we've learned to our sorrow.
So quiet down cobwebs, dust go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep!"

This used to be my favorite justification motto... until my babies grew up!
I'd rather be rocking my kids all day, but someone's got to do the laundry.
That someone is me! Until I had the bright idea to include those babies, (who decided it was time to grow up).

So here are a few tips on how/why to involve the kids in the laundering process.
(I think I need to hire about 5 more kids to really keep up with our mountains of laundry).

Tips:
--Sorting: Have your kids help you sort the clothes! This is actually a really fun game for my kids. I have 7 laundry bins divided into categories (extra dirty, linens, whites, lights, darks, special dark, special light). They are getting pretty good at getting the clothes into the appropriate bin. I like to think this is effective in helping their math skills (sorting, problem solving, etc).
--Pouring the soap: This is an easy one, but its a job they fight for. The kids love pouring soap into the wash! I don't let them do bleach though, (too harsh).
--Folding: I enjoy folding time with my kids. We have fun sitting on the floor and talking while we fold. They are especially apt at folding hand towels and washcloths, underwear, and t-shirts. Pairing up matching socks is also a good math skill to work on.
--Putting away clothes: This is a required after school-chore, although it needs improvement in our home. Ideally, I have a table in the basement where all the folded clothes are put into neat piles. Then the kids know where to find their pile, and put it away in their bedroom. Labeling the dressers and drawers with the names of the items that belong there is the best advice I can give!

A few pictures of the kids in action...






Good luck (we all need it, right?!) as you find ways to involve your children in your creative processes at home. Even if it's just laundry, you're still creating skills, habits, and memories that will forever be instilled in your precious children!

This article was originally published on Latter-Day Woman as part of my series entitled, "Creating With My Kids,"  found here.

10 comments:

  1. These are great! I love that you are letting your children help with this. I try to have my mine do a lot of this as well! It's great for everyone. :)

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  3. What a great system! My kids are 7, 9, and 12...this past year I went back to school full time, so things needed to change around home. My kids now each get two chores they are responsible for all month: dishes/mirrors, laundry/toilets, and vacuuming/trashes. Any time any of those chores are needed, the kids do them. As far as laundry and sorting goes, for some reason, we learned long ago that the majority of the whites came from Mom n Dad's room, the lights from Son #1, and the colors from Sons #2 and #3. So the three color-coding baskets are kept in our individual rooms. Literally, if Son #3 has white socks to dispose of, he takes them to the laundry basket in my room. That may sound weird, but our laundry is CONSTANTLY sorted, so when it's obvious when it's time for a load, and easier at wash time. I do help with the detergent and sorting afterwards, but they put it all away themselves. This has saved my life! And I'm teaching my kids good skills--they have a month to perfect each one and then it's a new set next month. :) Thanks for sharing your system.

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  4. What a great post filled with great tips. I am going to have to use my kids more in the laundry process.
    We would love it if you would link this post up to our linky party going on right now.

    http://junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2011/11/link-it-up-wednesday.html

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  5. What specific categories! I bet your laundry comes out perfect every time.

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  6. Excellent ideas! I definitley need to try them!

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  7. Very Sweet! Precious times together!

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  8. Super cute kids!! My kids have always enjoyed doing chores together too. So precious!!

    Melissa
    redflycreations.blogspot.com

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  9. Thanks for linking up at {Junk in their Trunk}! This is a great idea...I love your laundry room...it looks so roomy compared to mine! =) Stop by tomorrow for our 2nd link party!! Thanks!

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