How to Get Your Kids to Do the Laundry

We have a very special, how should I put it, ceremony for our children when they turn 8 years old in our house.

They get their first laundry basket (Just for you! Yay! Look at the pretty white basket!) They are given several tutorials on the fine art of waiting-until-you’re-out-of-socks-and-then-stuffing-as-much-as-you-can-in-the-washer.

It’s a beautiful event and brings a tear to my eyes. I always hope God will call one of my offspring to a deep love for laundry. It would be a much-appreciated ministry in this house.

I originally thought this “bestowment” of a chore would mean less work for me (ah, selfish ambition). It doesn’t really, but my kids are wear less clothes, because they want less work. A win-win.

When I introduced my kids to our new washer and dryer, it was love at first load. “Look how big the tub is!” they cried. “I love the tune it plays when you open it!” My kids rejoiced because this wasn’t a gift just for mom, it was for the whole family. They were a bit disappointed that it didn’t come with a fold-it-sloppily-and-stuff-it-in-your-drawer feature, but we can’t have it all.

I still monitor my kids in their weekly washing experience, especially since they are still in the ketchup-sleeve, drink-spilling stage. Come to think of it, I may still be in that phase of life. I depend on my Maytag Bravos XL washer to help me stain-fight. I was in a hurry the other day and I forgot to remind my daughter to pre-treat the food stain. I was really impressed the barbecue sauce came out of my daughter’s top.

I realized after all these years of looking for help with laundry, I finally have caring assistants. They are sleek and excellent at what they do! Welcome to the family, Maytag Bravos washer and dryer! Make sure you check out these resources:

Disclaimer: I wrote this post as a #MayTagMoms Dependable Laundry Ambassador through mom Central Consulting on behalf of Maytag. I was provided with the Maytag washer and dryer set to facilitate my post.

Comments

  1. 1

    says

    I love it. I think it’s great to have kids doing their own laundry. Our clothes are still in one big mix-up but my oldest 2 (9 & 10) can start a load. Even my 7 year old can take a load from the washer and put it in the dryer. But, I remain chief folder.

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    marky says

    We too are firm belivers of do it yourself laundry! When all 4 kids were doing laundry everyone had a day.. Love your new machines! In my next life I will have New Wonderful washing and drying machines!

    Laundry is my favorite household chore because I have instant gratification. Something dirty and smelly comes out clean and fresh everytime!

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    says

    Hey, if I write a post for Maytag will they give me a new washer and dryer too? I would love for my washer to sing to me instead of make grunts and lots of noise. Just kidding (a little). I need to have a “laundry party” for my kids too. That is a great idea.

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