The laundry monster lives in my house. Some days, he might go visiting yours and leave his “I was here” evidence, but mostly, my house is his home, sweet, home.
And why not? It’s a cozy, not too big or too little space with 4 accomplices on hand! 3 kids and a husband. Well, then there’s me too, so make that 5.
Along comes a post by my good friend Christine at The Aums titled “How To Get Kids To Help With Laundry…Seriously” – which included a link to “Creating A Clothing Station For Your Child/ren.” OF COURSE, I HAD TO READ IT! You should too. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
Welcome back. Are you going to try it?
I DID. So get ready for some before and after shots. It won’t be pretty in the beginning, but the end result is pure awesomeness!
Here is Laundry Monster’s favorite place to chill out. The girls’ room. (Click to enlarge. If you dare.)
Scared? So was I. But fueled by Christine’s post, I was determined to get it conquered. And by gums, my 7 year old AND toddler WILL help me do it!
Step 1. Buy Sterilite storage drawers and label them. Cursive labels for the big girl, and printing with drawing for the toddler.
Step 2. Dump EVERYTHING in the study-turned-laundry room and start sorting! (Cupcake is such a trooper. Can you find her amidst the mess?)
Step 3. Commence distribution of clothes into proper drawers! Whoohoo! Watch them go! (Click each image to get the full effect of each awesomeness.)
Step 4. ALL DONE!!! Sit back, be happy, and pose for pictures!
Step 5. BONUS! Label extra drawers for other stuff too and put them away! *joy*
If you were wondering, it took us about 3 hours to do the whole thing. But I must say that the girls ACTUALLY had a lot of fun putting their clothes away. BerryBites, the toddler, was so proud that she could “READ” the labels for her drawers. I was able to do a mini-lesson in reading with her by using the drawings as reading cues. And Cupcake loved the cursive. (She’s a little obsessed with cursive right now.)
I was really proud of them for helping and not giving up until we were done. They couldn’t wait to show it to their father when he got home later that night.
AND I even got kudos from him too because he said that getting the girls dressed for bedtime was now sooooo easy! Anytime little wifey makes life easier for the husband is always a 100% win!
By the way, the baby was happily and blissfully taking his morning nap, in another room, through all of this. I was so lucky!
So…are you going to do it? Have I shown enough evidence to convince you that IT IS POSSIBLE TO GET KIDS TO PUT AWAY THEIR OWN LAUNDRY? C’mon! What are you waiting for?
Just do it! (Shhh…don’t tell Nike I said that.)
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