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Laundry Woes

Today I have to do laundry.

I had my mid-terms last week and a couple of papers due as well. I kept up with most of the kids stuff but the laundry, well the laundry fell a bit behind.

I’m now looking at a mountain of laundry, and I have no idea how we made so much. My kids wear a uniform to school and change to ‘play’ clothes when they come home. I try to convince them that three hours in one evening doesn’t mean their clothes need to go in the wash but they won’t listen. They take their stuff off, it lies on their floor for a few days and then, after I threaten them about it a few times, it slowly makes its way into the laundry hamper.

My laundry days go something like this – I lug all the over flowing laundry hampers down two sets of stairs to the laundry room. I wash, dry, fold and sort the clothes and then drag it all back up two flights of stairs to my room where I put it in nice individualized piles on my bed so my kids can collect it and put it away.

You can imagine my joy today after I carried the kid’s dirty laundry hamper down the two flights of stairs and then found at the bottom of the hamper a stack of perfectly folded clean laundry.

Yep, some child took it off my bed and instead of putting their laundry away put the stack of clean clothes right back in the dirty laundry hamper.

Some child is in serious trouble when s/he gets home.

Drop back in a few days and I’ll let you know you who’s been sent off to boarding school.

14 thoughts on “Laundry Woes

  1. Children 6 and over can do their own laundry, and it’s good for them to learn. Also, that way, you’re not mixing their clothes in with all the others and then sorting them out again. I am a nut on this subject, but it drives me crazy to see mothers doing this for their kids when the kids need to learn to do it on their own eventually anyway.
    And just think – if one of them puts the clean clothes back in their laundry hamper, he is the one who has to rewash it. Consequences can’t get any more natural than that!

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  2. Personally, I really enjoy doing laundry – Sunday is my dedicated day, which works when there’s only 4 in the household. Now, the things I HATE doing I’m much more inclined to pass onto the kids to do themselves! (Hmmm, maybe there’s a chance then for an ironed school shirt…)

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  3. Your post reminds me of why I am envious of houses that have the laundry room upstairs near the bedrooms.
    As far as the folded clothes at the bottom of the hamper…Elle did that one time too many, and now she does all of her own laundry.

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  4. I can only imagine the horror my Toddler’s future spouse will feel when he discovers that she doesn’t know how to do laundry AND thinks it’s a man’s job. If Mr. Husband is willing to do it, by all means, I let him do it. All.

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  5. Laundry is the bane of our existence. If we don’t do two loads a day for our little family of four it gets totally out of control and turns into a nightmare.
    The BoyChild usually has no qualms about wearing his school uniform. Dirt, mud, blood, snot doesn’t bother him but let the dog slobber on him, and that outfit is toast.
    Now the GirlChild on the other hand. She must not be seen in her school uniform more than 10 seconds after she gets out of school. She, however, put clean clothes in with the dirty clothes one too many times and is now responsible for doing all her own laundry.

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  6. Ouch. That has happened here WAY too many times. I haven’t found a cure yet. Not doing laundry for the day, not running out of clean underthings because mommy refused to wash for a week, not severe beatings and locking in the dungeon. So very frustrating.

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  7. I hate laundry. I really do. The snow has made my laundry triple. They get wet from being out in the snow even through their snow clothes. I have to hang all the snow clothes to dry, then wash everything they were wearing underneath and then the clothes they changed into. Plus, barring joining a nudist colony after the next load, you are NEVER DONE!
    KEEP BELIEVING

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  8. Laundry is the bane of our existence. If we don’t do two loads a day for our little family of four it gets totally out of control and turns into a nightmare.
    The BoyChild usually has no qualms about wearing his school uniform. Dirt, mud, blood, snot doesn’t bother him but let the dog slobber on him, and that outfit is toast.
    Now the GirlChild on the other hand. She must not be seen in her school uniform more than 10 seconds after she gets out of school. She, however, put clean clothes in with the dirty clothes one too many times and is now responsible for doing all her own laundry.

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