The School Of Mom- Laundry Part 2

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In Laundry-Part 1, we got all of the laundry sorted and into the washing machine with detergent. Part 2 is folding, hanging and putting the laundry away. And as I mentioned, the boys had enough time between loads to start playing and bickering by the time it came to fold.

The Toddler Task I had planned for my youngest was to fold dish towels and put them away, but based on him wanting to be involved in everything for part one, I knew he would want to hang clothes too.

The garment rack I use to hang laundry on is too tall for them to reach and it’s on rollers, so I didn’t want them to stand on chairs with it. And since I also wanted them to work separately to keep the peace, I went all Mommy MacGyver and used stuff I had at home to make two little makeshift “clotheslines” for each of them.

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I taped a paint roller extension pole between the counters since it was just the right height for my oldest, and I found a yard stick to place between two kitchen chairs, using glass bowls to elevate it enough to keep my toddler’s clothes from touching the floor.

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I gave them each their own small basket of their own clothes to fold. They were mostly socks, pants and shirts. I started off by having both of them watch me put a shirt on a hanger.

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It was hard for my little one to catch on and he was getting frustrated trying to hang the shirts, so I had him hold the hanger from the top while I slipped the shirt on around it and he was happy with that.

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There was one little snafu in technique that I had to adjust to.

To me, if you are looking dead-on at the front of a shirt, the sun and the moon and the stars are all appropriately aligned when the hook of the hanger is pointing left after it’s hung. Or it feels backwards to me.

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My oldest prefers to mix it up both ways so some of his shirts are hanging backwards, and though it gave me goosebumps, I let it go. I figure I’m still ahead while he’s at least willing to do it, and as long as it’s off the floor I can live with it.

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We got a little off track with hanging pants and had to regroup a few times, but he did great and we got some laughs and peaceful brotherly love back out of it. He helped the little one hang shirts towards the end.

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We then all folded the dish towels, matched socks and then put everything away in dressers and closets.  It was assembly-line style, and even despite my stopping to show them how to do each thing a few times, it went rather quickly and we had fun with it. Silliness is permitted as we go. And it was great to have so much help putting away.

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What I learned: You won’t die if your child does something differently than you. And this will be a welcome load off of my feet in the near future!

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See all of the lessons in the School of Mom:

Teaching life skills by folding and hanging and putting away laundry

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