What is loads of fun and never ends? Laundry! Just kidding about the fun part. Doing laundry does seem to take up quite a bit of time within mommy life. My kids seem to be particularly talented at creating laundry. I’ve begun teaching my girls (ages 3 and 5-years-old) how to help with gathering dirty laundry, folding their clean laundry and putting it away in their drawers. Here are some tips to teach kids laundry skills and help them get involved with the family laundry routine.
Give Kids Organized Clothing Drawers
If kids know where their clothing is supposed to go, they can easily put clean clothing away. My kids’ dresser drawers are organized into “tops”, “bottoms” and “pajamas/socks/underwear”. When I finish folding a clean load of laundry, my girls can easily put their clothes away. We even make it a game to teach kids laundry skills; my kids have fun making trips back and forth to their dresser and asking me if I have something new for them to put away.
Teach Kids How to Fold Laundry
Even toddlers can learn how to fold towels. My 3-year-old can use this handy Tidy Snap clothing organization kit to fold her own shirts and dresses. All you have to do is lay the clothing item on the plastic board and fold the sides over. Tidy Snap also includes slap bracelet-type bands to place around rolled up clothing items to keep them tidy and organized in a dresser drawer. This creative laundry folding system encourages kids to get involved with the family laundry routine and learn important life skills.
My kids have fun rolling up their clothing and tidying up their dresser drawers. (or putting the bands around their ankles)
Tidy Snap was invented by a mom and keeps clothes rolled up and ready to go. Tidy Snap bands spring closed around your clothes, holding them neatly rolled up. You can fit more in each drawer and conveniently see everything!
Train Kids to Use their Laundry Basket
We have a laundry basket in each child’s room; one of my kids’ jobs is to keep their floor clean by picking up dirty laundry. I teach them to put their clothes in the hamper when they take an outfit off. Even young kids can help keep their room clean with dirty laundry organized in the hamper, ready for wash day.
Schedule a Laundry Day
Laundry day something I need to implement. I’ve been doing endless laundry any day of the week or getting burned out and waiting 2 weeks (and running out of clothes). This summer I plan to schedule a weekly laundry day to collect all dirty clothes hampers, sort clothing into piles of light and dark colors, and wash, dry and put the clean clothing away. A haphazard laundry routine worked for me with fewer kids but now with 3 active kids, our family needs a scheduled laundry day. I’m excited to get organized and eliminate the piles of dirty (or clean) laundry! Kids can help put laundry in the washer and pour in our natural laundry soap, a hands-on way to teach kids laundry skills.
How do you encourage your kids to help with laundry? You can minimize the laundry load by teaching kids to be careful at mealtimes or dressing children in swimsuits to play outside in the yard. Family fun often creates laundry but also encourages opportunities to get organized!
Katie enjoys all things creative; DIY projects, photography, decorating and family adventures. She feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with 3 kids and many artistic outlets.