Target Practice

Is it just me, or do we provide the children with laundry hampers for the sole reason of giving them something to aim at? Seriously – the laundry is usually in the vicinity of the hamper, and on the odd occasion there is actually stuff to wash inside of the hamper. But to take the effort and put the item to be laundered into the hamper – perish the thought. They have to see if they can get a slam dunk from across the room without even looking, and if it misses, oops my bad, let’s try again with the other sock. If it falls out of range of the target it stays there. Apparently there is some unwritten rule against picking up laundry that is within 2 feet of the hamper. (I wanted to say six feet, but my kids do occasionally have good aim).

If there wasn’t a hamper, where would the laundry go? Yeah that’s right, on the floor – the biggest shelf in the room….

Oh and apparently if it isn’t IN the hamper it’s fair game to be worn again. Ick.

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  1. I’m almost as guilty – okay, I AM as guilty – of this as your kids. I have a separate bath and shower; rarely do we use the tub for anything but a large “laundry hamper.” Admittedly, my own aim’s not always perfect. *sigh*

  2. batya from NJ says:

    Your boys are better than my son who seems to think that the hamper is there for show! He doesn’t even bother aiming for the hamper, but rather leaves it lying on the floor next to his bed b/c by the time he actually gets undressed for bed it is SO late that he seemingly has no energy left to even aim for the hamper :)!!!

    • HSaboMilner says:

      so do you pick it up in order to do laundry, or do you make him clean up his room and bring his clothes to the wash machine?

      • batya from NJ says:

        i am guilty as charged b/c if i need to do the laundry & he’s not home i’ll just put it in the hamper & bring it down to the washer myself (or have my cleaning lady put it in the hamper & bring it down) so i am responsible for perpetuating this vicious cycle ;)!! i think from now on when i notice his clothes on the floor b/f it gets too late at night i will force him to take responsibility & put the darn laundry into the hamper & i’m sure his future wife will thank me :)!!!

  3. David says:

    I have the world’s largest shelf…

  4. Z! says:

    I have to admit that I suck at putting all my laundry in the hamper. I always have had this problem. I am too lazy when I get into bed to bother moving the stuff from the floor and I could potentially walk on it for a few days before moving it to the hamper. Hubby is much better and gets on my case about it occasionally. Funny, it’s still I that DOES the laundry…

  5. motherof4 says:

    We have 2 laundry hampers in the bathroom, one colored and one for whites, and usually have the opposite problem. It’s much easier to put removed clothing in the hamper to be washed even if it isn’t dirty than to fold it and put it away in its place.

  6. Hadass Eviatar says:

    My kids do their own laundry, and the hampers are in their rooms, so I DON’T CARE!!!

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