I am raising an army. I love my army. They bring me much joy, delight, laughter and laundry. I don’t so much love the laundry. Actually, I hate it. Just when you think you have it all finished, you go to bed and wake up to 2 loads just from what they all took off after laundry was finished!!!
Several years ago, in an attempt to simplify my life, we decided to try individual baskets for the kids. The kids each picked a color when we bought them (some had the same color, but they got to choose it). We labeled the baskets with their name. Each time we had a mountain of clean laundry, the kids would sort laundry into each person’s basket. They then were responsible for taking their basket to the closet. (Yes, we have a family closet. When it gets better organized, I’ll post about it.) They were then responsible for putting away their own (and helping with the little ones’) stuff.
You may notice that I wrote this in the past tense. We have fallen out of this habit. But after writing this post, while the kids are folding laundry, I think it is time to reinstate the baskets. I must say, though, they are getting to be pretty good laundry folders. Put awayers, not so much.
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