So, I let the laundry get away from me. Again. Shocking, I know. It was to the point that I just despaired of ever getting it done.
The thing is…most of that laundry wasn’t mine, and I really wanted help with it, you know? But, if I shrunk back in despair at the size of the mountain before me, you can imagine what the only child I have who’s really old enough to help did.
We made a game out of it, and we all got a little exercise in the meantime, too!
I lined up five laundry baskets at one end of the den and piled the laundry on the sofa at the other end. We designated the baskets this way: Boo (the brother), Sister, Twins, Mom & Dad, and Towels & Sheets. Then we set a timer. I let the kids choose how many minutes they thought it would take to sort all of the clothes. On “Ready, set, go!” they took off, running back and forth, sorting laundry like you’ve never seen. And, laughing the whole time.
They happily repeated the process a couple of times. (You thought I was joking when I said “mountain of laundry,” didn’t you?)
Then, the two older children timed themselves folding their own clothes. Okay, the three year old didn’t exactly fold, but beggars can’t be choosers, right?
It turned out that laundry can be fun when we do it together. And, we finally managed to move that mountain, too!
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