Friday, September 18, 2009

Laundry

So again, this is random, but I wanted to post it while I was in a good mood and remembered it. (ooo, and I'm posting this sitting on my driveway. I finally got hooked up to the college server...we'll see how long that lasts :)
One of my favorite things to do with my kids is the laundry. Yes, you read that right, the laundry. They are just so cute helping, and yes, they really do help. Here's our laundry process. Once the laundry comes out of the drier (they help before that, but it isn't really helping) I dump the clothes out on my living room floor. They they each pick which basket they want and they help me separate the clothes into each basket (because I'm picky and I hate folding one of Kember's shirts, then one of Dans pants...I want to fold all of one thing first). They sorting is rather fun. They throw things, if I mix something up and put it in the wrong basket they say, "Mooommm, this isn't mine...this is baby's!" Oh, so sorry. Then they fix it. That takes a bit of time. Then I ask Caden to find me all his shirts, pants, and so on. They I ask Kember to do the same. They once they are all organized I hand a stack to Kember and say, "K, put this in your top drawer." Then I give one to Caden and tell him to put them in which ever drawer they go in. Anyway, they run to their bedroom and then they run back for their next stack. Kember can even help me fold things (when she wants too). I get a great deal of enjoyment out of this ritual when I let them actually help me. I wonder if I could figure something out like this for the dishes.

8 comments:

michelle said...

My kids sure love it when I am washing the big dishes that won't fit in the dishwasher!!! They end up pretty wet, but they love the bubbles.

Rorie said...

Very good idea. The kids like to "help" me put the wet clothes into the dryer, and Joey sometimes likes to help me fold. If I'm lucky I can get him to put his clothes away, but we need to work on getting them in the correct drawers and still folded.
I love this age when they are actually willing to help clean. (Unless it's a mess they made, of course. Then it's just TOO HARD!!!)

Becky said...

So cute. It's things like this that make your life look even more ideal. :) When I was growing up my sister and I had to sort all of the laundry and we would always end up playing for hours afterwards in the laundry room. Good post. Good times.

Loni said...

Love it! So clever and what a bonding experience. I wonder why I didn't think to hand you your clothes and tell you which drawer to put them in?
Keep up the good work.

Anna Wilson said...

What a great idea! Kate is really good at helping me unfold. Maybe she could help this way.

Katy said...

Hey you guys! We miss you here in Pullman! How is St. George? Sounds like you have awesome helpers. Tell Dan hi!

Andrea said...

Good helpers are wonderful!

NicKim Family said...

Tarah, You totally crack me up! Lucy loves to help with Laundry too, and it's fun to have her help. I've asked her vacuum a couple times, but it's never panned out yet. Ohhh...and dishes, I can't wait till she's just a foot taller :)