I asked sort of jokingly when I could have my kids take over in the laundry department and was blown away at how many parents already have their kids doing a good chunk or ALL of it!! Way to go! It seemed like the average age is 10, some as young as 6 and lots around 12 like I was.
One mama was telling me how it has taught her kids to treat their clothing more respectfully, and they don’t just shove clothes in the hamper to get it off the floor because they know then THEY have to wash it! I am here for both of those outcomes!!Right now my kids fold, hang and put away their clothes. If they want to earn extra money I have them sort socks, too! But what’s to say they couldn’t take it step further? Definitely going to add sorting, and starting loads to the list.Loved all the input I read and realized that really any age can participate! Whether it’s sorting whites and colors, transferring from the washer to the dryer, putting away small piles, etc etc. And then adding to their responsibilities from there! I felt like I had no choice in the matter which made me super upset when I was 12, but I think allowing them to have the choice to take on the responsibility for more rewards/allowance/privileges seems like a fair next step! I’ll let you know how it goes!
Just wanted to share a couple favorite laundry items that make it extra easy to pass off to your kids! Have any to add?
- 7th Generation Easy Dose detergent. This is my favorite invention of 2018, no lie. It is super concentrated and the bottle is probably 10 inches tall. Takes up NO room, is so easy to handle even for small kids, and works amazingly well! $.20 a load, too! I’ve had mine for a few months and between alternating the unscented and lavender bottles I’ve probably used a total 3/4ths of one. No waste, no mess no bulky bottles.
- Dryer Balls. If you’re trying to reduce the toxins in your household, start here first. So easy and you’re not sacrificing ANY effectiveness. Reusable wool balls that keep your laundry soft and look cute out on the shelf, too!
If you want PRETTY bottles for out on your shelf the Laundress in the place to be. Everything is gorgeous.