The hubsters was gone all last week so this week I’ve been catching up on some chores, and while doing some yesterday I remembered I’m supposed to show you some tricks on how I get my little big guy to help me out with them. Well, it’s laundry day ‘round here so there’s no better time than now to show you how I make it work.
Most of the things on his list of chores are pretty self explanatory- like wiping down the table. If you don’t know what the list is, you can find it here.
The one chore that makes my life simpler when my three year old helps me, and actually took less time to teach, is putting away laundry. After I fold and put it on hangers he is off and running doing his job.
First thing I did was save a couple of empty shoe boxes I had left from the major closet clean out I did in the Spring. They are perfect for free and convenient drawer dividers/organizers.
I wrote what I want in each box on an index card and drew a picture of it too. Pictures are the first stages in learning to read. I used to be a first grade teacher so I’m not just a Rambling Jessie on this one- which I often do if you haven’t noticed. HA!
I taped each label in the bottom of each box. Then I put the boxes in a drawer that is easy access for my kiddo to reach.
When I get through folding his undies and socks I tell him to go put them away, and he knows exactly where to put them.
We’ve been doing this for about three of four months, and he’s doing an awesome job.
He puts his pajamas and, while it’s hot, swimming trunks in the bottom drawer. I didn’t use dividers for that drawer mostly because I didn’t have any more boxes, plus it will become all jammies when it gets cooler. Sometimes it looks messy, but right now the process is more important than the results. At least that’s what I tell myself when the Fairy Perfectionist Mother wants to take over.
Then for the clothes that go in the closet my great hubby helped me with that a bit.
After I did the big closet clean up for the kids, I know, me and closets!, he added a lower rod that’s easy for kids to reach. Thank you Simple Mom for that idea!!! Along with that he put an extra shelf above the rod. So actually the little guy can put his shoes away in his closet himself too.
There you have it. Simple and fast. All these things have made laundry so. much. easier for me, and it gives my
Now, how I motivate my big helper will come later. Right now. We’ve got laundry to wash!!!! and put away- or at least he does.
* Be sure to become a facebook fan of Santa Beso. I’m making some changes after this week, and you don’t want to miss a post.*
I'm linking this up to: Amanda @ Serenity Now , Fingerprints on the Fridge
and Tatertots and Jello