Do your kids do their own laundry? If they can work a smart phone, they can handle simple household chores. Today, I’m sharing how to teach your kids to do laundry for two reasons: your sanity, and the fact that it’s a basic life skill everyone should know!
This post was sponsored by NEW! Tide purclean as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
It’s the chore that literally NEVER ends. You’re simply never going to be done with the laundry. Ever. Well, unless you join a nudist colony or something. I think it’s probably best just to teach your kids to do their own. Once they outgrow that toddler stage. 🙂
Laundry is one of those household chores that can be learned and practiced in stages. Really young kids can be taught to separate clothes into whites, lights and darks using handy bins like these. They can also put their own clothes away, provided they can reach the dresser drawers safely. Each one my boys is responsible for helping out in different ways with the laundry. The idea is to give them more and more responsibility until they are doing the entire process all on their own.
Stage 1- helping
Charlie is almost 5, and his favorite thing to do is put the detergent in the washing machine. Now that I’m looking at this picture, I see that I need to take my own advice on How to Clean a Washing Machine. Ick!
I also have him help me move the clothes from the washer into the dryer. He can’t reach inside the washer by himself, so I drop the clothes onto the dryer door and he pushes them in for me. He also helps me get the dry clothes out of the dryer and into the laundry baskets for folding.
Stage 2- practicing
The next step up in ability from simple loading and unloading the machines is the actual folding. Henry, who is 7, is my go-to guy for towels, wash cloths, socks and shorts. He still struggles a bit with shirts, but he’s getting it. I did see a cool little folding helper made out of cardboard that’s a simple DIY project. I might need to make one for him so he can be even more independent!
The trick to teaching kids to do chores like these around the house is to LET GO of the need for it to be perfect. They need to learn how to do it, and if you step in and “fix” it every time they try, it will deflate them and take away that “I did it!” feeling in a heartbeat. Besides, no one else is going to poking around in your kids’ drawers. 😉
Stage 3- mastering
After they have a good handle on sorting clothes, working the machines and folding laundry, the last step is to hand them the keys and let them take over completely! I found a great printable laundry schedule that is perfect for reminding my oldest of what he needs to do next. He’s not entirely ready to be on his own yet, by my goal is to have him doing his own laundry by the time he turns 12 in December.
Because he’s getting older, we just made the decision to move Bryce into his own room. Well, actually, we moved the younger two OUT of his room so he could be alone. Bryce was so excited about the whole process. “Now I can finally have some peace and quiet!” When we split up the two rooms, I realized we needed a few things, like another nightlight (their rooms are SO dark at night!) some more hangers (two different closets now) and another laundry hamper.
I told Bryce that he was going to have to be responsible for more chores now that he has his own room. I took him with me to Target to pick up his new supplies. Even though it’s laundry, I wanted to make this a new adventure instead of a drudgery. We picked up some new supplies and a bottle of Tide purclean™ laundry detergent. There’s a 5% discount off on Cartwheel right now valid through 7/30.
Tide purclean is a great new product available at Target that’s 65% bio-based and still has the famous cleaning power of Tide. It’s made at a zero waste manufacturing site that runs on 100% renewable electricity and is certified by the USDA BioPreferred Program! If you’re going to have to do laundry, it might as well be with a detergent that you feel good about purchasing. 🙂 An added bonus is the fact that my kids’ clothes smell great, and they are clean and stain-free!
What about your kids? Do you have them helping out with laundry or other chores around the house? How early did you begin to teach them life skills like doing laundry? Personally, I feel like it’s my responsibility to train my way out of a job! 😉