Laundry has always been one of my LEAST favorite chores to do around the house. With 4 of us and another on the way, it's become even more daunting! My boys may only be 2 and 4 but I've already found simple solutions to have them help in their own little ways. We may have many years to go but you better believe I'm going to be having them do their own the second they're able! Our Samsung washer + dryer has been my faithful sidekick the past 4 years and the boys have loved helping me! In case any of you other mamas are interested, here are some tips to help out.
1. Keep a basket handy wherever they're most likely to change
If your kids are anything like mine, they remove their clothes wherever and whenever they want and they leave them right where they are. I keep a laundry basket specifically for them in our bedroom which is pretty centrally located and they know to throw their clothes in there. When it gets full, they're able to drag it to the laundry room for me.
2. Buy them only one or two types of socks
Socks can be the BIGGEST headache of laundry! With four people in our family and a million different types of socks, they became such an unnecessary time-suck and something had to change. For the kids, we now buy low cut white/black socks for tennis shoes and then long, dress socks and just stick with that. It makes matching way easier than finding the right superhero and right color toe! This way they're able to help me sort them much quicker.
3. Turn it into a game
Play music as you fold with them, race to find matching socks, count as you add pairs of underwear to the stack. I let them press the buttons on our Samsung washer + dryer and turn the knob. These may seem like simple things but my kids LOVE to be involved and don't even realize it's work when I make it fun for them.
4. Give up a little control
One of my biggest struggles is giving up control to teach them how to do something difficult. Yes, my son may be 4 and awful at folding absolutely everything, but he'll never learn if he doesn't try and who really cares if his batman shirt is wrinkly? (Me)
Remember, they're only toddlers and won't realistically be doing a TON to help. The important part is getting them involved and learning to help out! Encourage them, praise them and they'll be so proud to do their part.
*This post is sponsored by Samsung Home Appliances.