Seems appropriate I add this post, considering this whole blog began based around LAUNDRY !!!
God knows, I do PLENTY of it.
….but even I have my limits.
I have one child, we will call him “Maison”. You could say he has ALWAYS been facinated with clothing. Obsessed / facinated …call it what you want.
But it is going to give me an early death. :O
When he was just a tiny tot, we resorted to LOCKING his closets. He could get in it ONE time a day (in the morning) and beyond that, it was OFF limits. This kid would seriously change clothes every hour of the day. Adding layer up on layer, then removing one layer at a time…..instant new “look” until he was bored with it, there was another look, just waiting, one more layer down.
Now….this is just the beginning, so you can understand WHY my patience is spent.
I attempt to do laundry ONCE a week (besides towels) and that works for everyone in the house BUT this child we will call “Maison”.
Does not work for him AT ALL. He continues to fill my laundry room floor, and brings me the laundry he wants done, on a NIGHTLY basis. This usually happens about 10 pm. Awesome huh? and MOST times, it is like ONE article at a time, that absolutely HAS to be washed and ready to go first thing in the morning. Ughhhh….
(I will also add this is the same child that has to “fluff” up each piece of clothing FRESH in the dryer before it goes on his body) yep. See what I am working with?? (or against)
I have been a consenting participant of this game for a little too long.
I am done. I will do laundry like any mother should, beyond that? “Maison” is getting very familiar with the washing machine. …and I am able to see the floor of my laundry room.
All with this simple sign. Believe me, it is working like a CHARM!!!!!
Day 1. ONE t-shirt absolutely HAD to be washed.
Day 2 (early). T-shirt was still in washer.
(seems “Maison” thought you just start the washer and it automatically JUMPS into the dryer, dries itself and will end up folded) nope.
Day 2 (mid day). Discovered it, still in there, but now obviously had to be RE-washed, then an hour later, put into dryer and actually had to WAIT for it to dry, to wear it.
Lesson learned. Doing laundry is a lot of work, time consuming, and really does NOT get done magically, and folded, and waiting all nice and clean in the closet anymore.
Keep in mind, I am not a terrible mom. I do everyones laundry once a week. Just not on a daily basis, one piece at a time.
…but going into summer break? I knew I needed to put my foot down. I should have done this laundry rule about….oh, 10 years ago. :)
Some lessons just HAVE to be learned the hard way huh??