One of my least favorite household things to do is laundry. I'm not sure why, but it's just not any fun. What I discovered years ago was that as children start to get a little more independent, around 7 to 9 years old, they begin to find interest in helping mommy do something. That is a golden moment! Don't let it slip away. Carpe'Diem. Seize the day!
Laundry is something that must be done weekly. Depending on your family size, maybe even several times per week. This weekly task is an opportunity to begin to give your children ownership of one of the three basic necessities, food, shelter, and clothing. When my older two children were around the age of seven or eight I ran across a gadget that changed everything in the laundry department at my house. I thought I'd share that information with you this month. It radically changed my life by giving them a way to do their own folding. Before going there, let me share a few other time savers in this department. Then I'll tell you where to find this miracle working clothes folding gadget.
Of course everybody is different when it comes to how they prefer their laundry to be folded. Some of you may be a little more meticulous than we are at our house, and that's fine. It's just laundry can be a time taker and I prefer the easier way to manage it. I've always been into time saving methodology over beautiful wrinkle free underwear. At our house, underwear is simply stacked one on top of the other. Socks are gathered and matched and then flipped inside each other. As for sheets, well, I use one pillowcase to gather all the pieces to that sheet set into it. I don't fold them but once a year when I rotate regular sheets with flannel sheets for the winter. I actually have two sets of sheets for each season. Two sets of regular sheets and two sets of flannel for fall and winter. In the given season, one set is on the bed and the other stuffed inside a pillow case. Each week, the dirty sheets come off, the clean sheets go on, and the dirty ones are washed and put away inside a pillow case from the set. The clean sheets are stuffed into a matching pillow case and stored on the closet shelf until wash day again the next week. I chose this method because children can't fold sheets but they can stuff them inside a clean pillow case. When the season changes, I fold all the regular spring and summer sheets and put them away for the winter season. I pull out the flannel and the methodology starts all over again.
As far as regular clothes go, I first taught the children how to match the seems at the bottom of the legs of their shorts and pants and lay flat accordingly. Then I handed over this amazing gadget I'm about to share. When I discovered this gadget, it was an opportunity of a lifetime. It's a soft rubber thing that automatically folds shirts. You just have to follow the steps in order with each segment of the gadget and "Houdini" you've got folded shirts, and as far as I'm concerned they are the most time consuming to fold. It gives the children a sens of accomplishment and to them it's like building with legos. It's just fun to use this thing to fold the shirt into a nice neat piece of clothing. Below you will find a link to this item. It may be available other places but you will get the idea. I found mine at a department store, but shopping on line is a time saver and as you know by now, I'm into saving time. Wallah, laundry just got easier but more important, it just got a lot more fun!
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