Laundry can be all-encompassing, overwhelming, and time consuming. Over the years I’ve developed lots of shortcuts and easier ways to make it through the piles. Today I’m going to share the method that I teach my kiddos to help them learn to do their laundry with the hope that it might help you teach your kids too.
LET’S DO LAUNDRY – SIMPLE TIPS TO TEACH KIDS
Here’s the process we use for sorting, folding, hanging and putting clothes away. My littlest one will help me as I fold and hang his clothes by putting away undies, socks, and folded clothes. Having your littles a part of the laundry process is a really easy way to inactively teach them how to do their own clothes. Now, my older two are old enough to manage the process, they already know what to do and just need some guidance. It’s a win-win!
Start with taking the clothes out of the laundry basket – as you take them out separate them out into piles – socks, undies, shirts that are hung up, pants, shorts, skirts, etc. Lay them out on a clean floor, bed, or table.
Once they’re all separated out, start by hanging up your shirts. This is the method we use for hanging clothes – it makes it super simple for kids too:
- Grab your hangers – have them all facing the same way (it’s easier to quickly hang the clothes this way)
- Put a hanger on the first item on top of the stack
- Fold the hanger over so it’s still on the stack but not hung up
- Keep going until everything in the stack is on a hanger
- Hang up the stack
- Fold pants, jeans, t-shirts and anything else that needs to be folded.
Once you have everything folded or hung, put it away! That’s it – a method to help tame the madness that is laundry!
SOURCE: Clean Mama