Last week in my list of personal goals for 2012, I shared how I wanted to teach our older children to do their own laundry from start to finish. Everybody now has their own day of the week for laundry, and I'm pretty sure this has changed my life!!! This is how the schedule goes:
Tuesday--Caleb and Levi
Wednesday--towels & cloth diapers
Friday--Mine and Hubby's
Saturday--cloth diapers & towels
Of course Lucy is obviously excluded from doing her own since she's just turned 2 months old today (seriously...has it really been 2 months since her birth??) and Levi just "helps." =) But this schedule has been working out really well for the past two weeks and has kept Mt. Washmore at bay. Woo-hoo! No longer are we spending our whole Saturday doing laundry. Everything is getting washed, dried, folded and put away all in the same day. I don't know about you, but that makes this momma SUPER happy!
|The kiddos are required to bring their laundry when they are doing their morning chores. The first time I had to do a lot of teaching, but their second time around I barely had to show them anything. Caleb thought it was so much fun too!|
After washing, they are also responsible for getting their clothes dried. We always put socks and underwear in the dryer and hang everything else on the clothesline. The boys aren't tall enough to hang yet, but they have to help by handing me clothespins, etc.
Once the clothes are dry, they fold them and put them away! They've been helping me fold clothes for a long time and are actually really good at it! Well, all except for Daddy's white t-shirts. Those still need some practice! =)
So, SO happy that we've done this new laundry schedule. I was not enjoying the "Moooooommmm....I don't have any more clean underwear!!" drama that would happen around here. Plus, they are learning responsibility and I'm working myself out of a job! Definitely a "win-win" situation!
Since we do ALOT of laundry around here, we need to keep the process as frugal as possible. Tomorrow I'll be sharing my recipe for my Homemade Laundry Detergent...it's cheap, simple to store and best of all, easy to make!
How do you keep Mt. Washmore from turning into, well, a mountain? Do you have a laundry schedule or do you just do it as needed?