Laundry Experimentation

I have spoken before about spoiling my boys, about doing things for them. When they are not in school I expect them to fold their own laundry. When they are in school, they don’t have to fold it, but they do have to put it all away. Neatly.

In our laundry room we have a handy dandy shelving unit that has four shelves. One for each child, oldest has the top shelf, youngest has the bottom shelf. Generally I fold laundry in the living room on the homework table, and put the separated piles on each kid’s bed.

Lately I decided to just put it on their shelves – and see how long it takes them to realize that they need to put their clothes away. All their school trousers and shirts are hung up on this unit when fresh out of the drier as it has hanging space – so they need to come down there and get their clothes for school anyway. It’s been two days. Only one shelf is empty.

What’s the point of my lesson? Perhaps to teach them not to take me for granted? To teach them some personal responsibility? Or is it to see how long they can last without running out of socks and underwear? Is this an exercise in futility? Probably.

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  1. Although it may seem futile, I regret not doing more of that with my 2 (now 18 and 23). They really didn’t learn enough responsibility and they take us for granted. Although they seem to be generally good kids with everyone else – not sure if that’s good or bad.

    Anyway, it sounds like you have a good system and some nice space. We once went as far as to throw all my daughter’s clothes that were strewn around into a trash bag and put it outside – she got the message.

  2. G6 says:

    I’m amazed that they haven’t been coming and picking out just the items that they want one at a time.
    Watch out when the piles start to look a bit messy and lopsided… like something was (not too carefully) yanked out of the center…..
    …. ahhhh, boys……….

  3. Z! says:

    I just feel that sometimes you are setting them up to fail. I mean- c’mon, you gotta give them notice. They aren’t mind readers! This can be such a sick and twisted game and a trap as well. Spouses sometimes do this to each other as well. If you do not tell them what their expected behaviour is supposed to be, how can they adapt?

    • Frayda says:

      I agree. You should give them notice before changing the way the house runs. Hopefully, it will make them adapt better.

  4. Rebecca says:

    or hire full time help. lol

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