One day last week, I found myself pretty much buried in laundry. I often intend to just do a load of laundry per day, so I don’t get overwhelmed and spend hours folding laundry. However, it doesn’t usually work out that way. I find that I often have 2 days in a week where I fold 6-8 loads of laundry in a day. That is A LOT OF LAUNDRY! I don’t know why we have so much.
One thing that contributes to the laundry amount is that Little Girl sometimes feels the need to change her outfit 3 times in a day. She is such a girlie girl, with a huge love of clothes; clothes and shoes. When Little Girl was not even 2, my mom took her shopping. While shopping, Little Girl started watching another little girl who was being held by her mom. Girl watching is something that MY little girl LOVES to do. I think it has something to do with the fact that she is surrounded by 3 brothers. While watching this particular little girl, Brielle looked her up and down and said out loud, “Pretty clothes”, and then she looked down and emphasized, “PRETTY Shoes”! Yes, I think I am in for it!
One morning last week, my basket of laundry was sitting on the floor in the family room. I was working on the computer and turned around to find Little Girl had begun folding her own laundry. It was the cutest thing. I thought she’d get bored of it after the first couple of pieces of clothing, but she kept going, until she had folded every piece of her clothing that was in that basket. Of course, I felt the need to re-fold some of the items, but she sure tried hard.
How young do you think is too young to fold laundry? Do you teach them early? I find that I am a little too OCD to put laundry away that isn’t neatly folded. Could you put laundry away if it isn’t tidy, just because your little one helped you fold it? I still found Mommy’s Little Helper to be super adorable, and had to take some pictures. Oh, and I want to add that I waited until she wasn’t around, to re-fold any laundry that I couldn’t stand to put away. I wanted her to know she did a great job and that I appreciated her help. For that purpose, I would let it be, so that my children know the importance of helping out. If we tell them it’s not a good job, then they’re likely to stop trying right?