How Kids Can Help With Laundry
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Ever since I was 6 years old my I have loved to do laundry. Call me crazy but I guess my mom starting me out young really worked and got me to love this task. Every single time I tell someone I love to do laundry, or better yet clean they look at me like I have ten heads.
Here is what my average day looks like:
- up at 7 am sharp
- Get kids ready for school
- Dishes, laundry, vacuuming, wash kitchen, bathroom, and tidy couches
- Spend time with my son
- Work for like 4 hours
- Vacuum again
- Put clothes away
- After school homework
- 1 hour of tv
- Work Bed
Notice how there is very little me time? That is why I am know enlisting the help of my three kids to take on some of the chores that take up a good chunk of my day. My kids might be 8, 6, and 3 but in my book you are never too young to start helping with chores like laundry. Of course this sort of chore needs a lot of guidance, but I want my kids to know how to work the washing machine unlike many adult men I have come across in my life!
We recently received a new Speed Queen Washer and Dryer. You can learn more about the delivery, installation, and product here, or watch this video. Unlike are previous models, these are the creme de la creme of laundry machines. They have fancy control panels that can handle any load of laundry with the utmost care. Apparently, they also attract kids, and make them want to help.
Want to get your kids working around the house? Here are some tips on how kids can help with laundry:
- Allow kids to sort laundry and put the whites, towels, or delicates in certain piles.
- With guided supervision, all kids to add in laundry soap. Typically, I prefer to use natural laundry soap with no fabric softener. Since fabric softener can ruin your laundry machine, it is recommended to not use it, and it is healthier for your family.
- With Speed Queen washers, there are cycle and start buttons, I allow my son to feel included by letting him hit start.
- Once the loads are done, you could allow your child to empty the washer. My kids are too young for this, but older kids around 10 could easily do this with a stool.
- Have kids put clothing in the dryer, and hit start. Explain to them what type of load your are drying to get them in the habit of adjusting settings.
- Once clothing is dry, have kids put the load in a basket, and bring it to the folding station or room where you would typically fold your clothing.
- The BIGGEST laundry help almost any age can do is fold, and put their clothes away. I allow my 3 1/2 year old and girls to fold and put their laundry away!
- Ok, I lied…maybe most parents can agree that sock matching is one of the easiest and BEST things kids can help with when it comes to laundry! We always seem to lose socks around here so I am thinking we have some sort of sock gremlin chilling in our laundry room.
Regardless of what capacity your child can help with when it comes to laundry, making them feel included is key. This will help establish some independence, and provide real world skills that are truly invaluable. To learn more about Speed Queen Laundry products, consider visiting their official site, or connecting with them on Facebook.
Did you enjoy my tips on how kids can help with laundry? What are some of your tips?