Susan Epstein, Parent Coach sent out an newsletter entitled “How to Outsource Your Laundry for Free”. The concept is an excellent one and can be practiced by parents. By outsourcing, it will assist to alleviate yelling, nagging and chaos over the family laundry and teach your children responsibility.
She provides the following advice:
=> Purchase two laundry baskets for each child: one white and one other color and place inside their rooms.
=> Write out easy to understand instructions for your laundry machine and dryer and tape them to the front of your machines.
=> Have a field trip with your kids (11 and older) to the laundry room.
=> Explain to your kids that from now on they will be in charge of their own laundry from now on, including their towels and sheets.
=> Give a laundry lesson and tell your kids that as they undress the whites go in the white basket and everything else into the other basket.
=> Assign your kids 1 or 2 days each week that they will ‘get to’ use the machines.
=> Inform them that if they don’t transfer their clothing from one machine to the other or remove their clothing from the dryer that they risk having it dumped on the floor by the next person in line to wash clothes.
=> Do not bail your child out. Let them forget, let them find their clothing in their basket, wet and smelly.
You are teaching independence, accountability, respect and consideration for others. You are also teaching that all the household chores should not fall on one person (YOU). You are giving your children a gift for life. And at the same time, You get to stop nagging and you get free time and it didn’t cost you a penny!