If you are a parent you know how crazy the laundry game can get. When we found out last January that there would soon be another little human joining our pack, I knew I had to implement an easy system in order to get this area of life organized and running systematically a little more than it was currently. Fast forward to last summer and the system we put in place has done wonders! So today I want to make sure and share all about laundry organization and system with kids. Keep scrolling and let me walk you through it!
In our home, genders share rooms right now. So both our boys are in one bedroom and our girls share another. Each room has one laundry basket for both kids to use. The kids also store a mesh laundry bag behind their baskets and whenever their basket is full, they are expected to transfer their laundry from their basket to the bag to be taken downstairs.
Why the mesh bag? Because I wanted this step to be easy no matter what age was doing it. The metal laundry baskets can get a bit heavy when full and let’s be honest – the baskets, if taken downstairs, would leave marks and holes in my walls with kids carrying them around, be left downstairs without being returned to their spot in bedrooms and I could even see injuries happen with how crazy these kids can get sometimes.
Also, if it’s one of the littles turn to take the bag downstairs and it’s too heavy, they can simply place it at the top of the stairs and kick it down without needing help.
We are currently living the rental life and our laundry room is your average, run-of-the-mill laundry room without a whole lot of space. I needed to find something that would keep the laundry chaos at bay as well as help implement a system that the kids could follow to alleviate some of the work on my end.
I found this laundry station and set it up with labels for each of the three baskets – whites, darks and towels.
Once the kids have their laundry bag downstairs they are then expected to sort their own laundry between the three baskets. Once they are done, they take their mesh bags right back to their rooms to use for the next round when needed.
From there, I take over. This is to ensure that clothing is getting washed correctly and getting put away appropriately. I do have them help alongside me when putting away and so they know where things go, but I handle the bulk of it.
A few tips that I have picked up in handling laundry this way and to make it as seamless as possible are:
I hope this helps give you ideas for our own system and take away some of the chaos and headache that laundry can be. This was originally shared as one of my “Mom Tip Mondays” on Instagram so be sure and follow me there if you want to catch them each week. Hope you enjoy!
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house and home, life with kids, Organization