HOW does summer fly by so quickly? It’s been another fun year and my kids are crazy-tan, in great shape from swimming like maniacs almost every day, and sad-as-can-be that school starts next week.
While we’re having Summer’s Last Blast this week, I thought I’d report on how our Summer of Clean went.
First, let’s talk laundry.
Mondays were Laundry Days. Not that we EVER finished all of the week’s laundry on a Monday, but I can say with confidence (based on pre-blog experience) that if we didn’t have a designated Laundry Day, I’m not sure we’d have been fully clothed most days. As it was we USUALLY had the basics we needed.
Did they learn how to do laundry? Honestly, they already knew how (from previous Summers of Clean). With a few reminders, the ones who are tall enough to reach the controls were immediately able to pick back up. It was nice (especially when I was sick) to be able to say “_____, go change over the laundry please” and he knew how to do it.
Did we achieve Laundry Perfection? Far from it. Most weeks, at least one pile of the least necessary clothes stayed in its sorting pile until we had to move it out of sight because someone was coming over.
Am I satisfied? Yes. It was summer, and summer is crazy. Having a designated day for laundry kept us out of total chaos and I consider that an accomplishment! And the main goal, which was . . . teaching kids to clean . . . was accomplished.
Not that I want to send them off any time soon, but I do feel confident that the boys will be fully capable of handling their laundry once they’re on their own.
Did your kids learn any laundry skills over the summer?
(And don’t forget that you can still get my e-book, Teaching Kids to Clean, for FREE. It will likely only be free through Labor Day, so be sure to click here to find out how to get your copy!)