One thing that I am sure to see in 80% of the homes that I walk into, is at least 1 or more laundry baskets full of clean laundry. That, or a significant pile of dirty laundry on the floor. It's nothing to be ashamed of, so get that out of your head for starters. There's no need to apologize as soon as I walk in because of the laundry situation, that your busy self hasn't had time to do. I get it. I WAS that person. But now I'm not, and I'm here to help you not be that person either.
As Moms, it's hard to know how much you can & should ask your children to do. So let me make this easy for you. If they can dress themselves, they can help you! There, wasn't that easy?
I taught Kindergarten for 5 years, and Pre-K for an additional 5. As a teacher, the State dictates what you will teach the children in the classroom. But guaranteed, one of the major things they want Kindergarteners to learn, is to be independent, and capable, and to have pride in themselves for their abilities. Are they going to do it right the first 15 times? No, probably not. But this is the PERFECT age to teach them. Their brains are like sponges. So let's get you some free time, shall we?
In my house, I now have an 11 yr old & a 13 yr old. But I have been doing this since my daughter was 3 years old. It builds confidence. It builds work ethic over time. It teaches them responsibility. And what's more, they LIKE doing it! Kids are natural people pleasers. They want to see Mommy or Daddy proud, and they eat that stuff UP!
So here's how this family rolls...
It takes all sorts
We have 4 square baskets that are labeled as follows:
Blacks & Reds
Jeans & Greys
Colors & Darks
Whites & Lights
Every night, every person in the household is responsible for putting THEIR clothes in the correct basket. They wore them right? They want them to be clean for the next time right? This is something you can start with kids as soon as they know their colors! There, one chore off your list.
Before they put their clothes in the laundry, they check for stains, and spray them. Yep, all by themselves! Novel idea right?! I can tell you one thing, it made my step-son rethink his eating habits since he doesn't like having to clean up after himself! When sprayed, they hang them up on a simple sign I made. This visually reminds me to check those clothes when they come out of the washer before putting them in the dryer, and setting that stain in!
It all comes out in the wash