Thursday, May 16, 2013

I HATE Doing Laundry

To loosely reference the fabulous Jack Nicholson in As Good As It Gets:
I *hate* laundry, very dangerous thing, laundry. Hate. I'm using the word "hate" here, about laundry. Hate.
And I know I'm not alone in this feeling.

Laundry is the bane of many people's existence (especially if you have kids). Ok - that might be a little dramatic, but still, it really is such a chore (both literally and figuratively). However, that being said, there are a plethora of ways to make it less of a chore.

If you have children who are old enough to physically operate the washing machine and dryer, then they should be doing their own laundry. No excuses. And even before that age, there are ways to help very young children start participating in the laundry ritual.

Parents benefit because their load is lightened
(no pun intended). The kids benefit by learning responsibility, to value and care for their things, the importance of routines/systems, what it means to be part of a team/family, self-esteem gained by being more independent... and so much more! I can't tell you how many adults I've met who still don't know how to do laundry because their mothers always did it for them. It might seem like a kind & loving thing to do for your child (or maybe you just end up doing it for them out of frustration), but it is actually debilitating in the long run.

So, besides getting the kids involved, creating organizational systems and schedules can make a dramatic impact on the hassle and time it takes to get the laundry done. Some people convert a spare bedroom into a family closet/dressing room. Some people build out their laundry rooms and turn the extra space into a large closet. Some people use color-coded baskets for each family member. Some people have a single large hamper that is kept in the laundry room. The possible options are endless.

The key is figuring out what works best for YOU and your family.

If you would like to get off the laundry roller-coaster, send your contact information to or call me at 214-509-8222.

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