My expertise, and opinions for that matter, are vast and wide. I answer questions about starting churches, running children’s ministries, anorexia, sexual abuse and parenting. I don’t claim to know everything about anything, but there is one area I’ve got it completely nailed down…
I see tweets and Facebook posts all day long, “Oh I have piles of laundry!” “Oh how do I get caught up on laundry!” I walked into my sisters room today and saw piles and piles of clean laundry on her floor awaiting folding.
So how do I do it? How, when I have five people in my house do I stay on top of laundry? I’m going to tell you my secret. It will be the best mom-advice you EVER RECEIVE IN YOUR WHOLE LIFE! I promise, it’s that good.
Everyone does there own!
Yes, everyone! From the time Zac was five, with assistance, he started doing his own laundry. I trained my kids young, and I was trained young, too. I started doing my own laundry when I was in the third grade. It didn’t kill me-obviously. It hasn’t killed my own kids, yet.
Now it takes time to train them. Sometimes I still have to remind my 14 year old son not to just wash a few things at a time. Sometimes, I see my 16 year old bringing down a load to start at 10 at night. But the investment has been totally worth it.
I don’t hear things like:
Mom can you wash my….
Mom, have you seen my….
Mom, I don’t have any ….
My husband does his own laundry as well, but not because I make him, he just prefers to keep his stuff separate and stay on top of his own dirty socks. I do my own laundry, about 2 loads a week and floor mats. Everyone washes their own towels and sheets.
Life made simple.
I love the philosophy of don’t do for a child what a child can do for himself. I wish I was more disciplined with this in every area with my kids. Even though I’m a work in progress, laundry is not a problem in our household. And it could not be a problem in yours either.
What do you think? Could you make it work?
Have a great, laundry-free weekend!