folding parties, and other ways to trick your kids into thinking that laundry is a total blast

Friday, April 29

Growing up in my household, when my siblings and I were young, we did this thing called a "folding party". My mom would've already done like 800 loads of laundry or however many it is when you have 5 kids, and then she'd announce through the house, "FOLDING PARTYYYYY!" and we'd all scamper upstairs and sit in our designated spots around my parent's room. My mom would have the giant pile on her bed, and she'd individually sort and toss our clothes to us across the room, hilarious bonus points if our pants landed on our heads or we got a shirt to the face, and we'd fold our own clothes into nice neat little piles. Our entire household's laundry was done in one sitting, and I remember laughing my head off at my sister's penchant for putting underwear on her head, so as a kid, I have no memory of laundry ever being a chore.
Because my kids are still super little, literally anything that I'm doing around the house sounds like a good time to them. In fact Everett even gets a little peeved at me if I start a load of laundry without him. Which is kind of the best thing about your kids starting to explore their independence: your list of chores is their list of fun. Dusting the bookshelves, sweeping the floors, hand washing the dishes, unloading the dishwasher, cooking dinner, starting the laundry .... I mean I literally just described Everett and Isla's idea of a dream vacation haha.
Also, because my kids are so hands on with everything that I'm doing around the house, it's so important to me to use naturally based products. Seventh Generation's Free and Clear Laundry Detergent is tough on our (daily, hourly) stains, but gentle on us. There are no dyes, optical brighteners or synthetic fragrances, plus the hypoallergenic formula is non-toxic, biodegradable, and dermatologist tested safe for sensitive skin, which has been so necessary for Isla's little baby skin.
It's weird when you grow up and suddenly all the little things that your parent's did to keep your home functioning at that time, are now the best ideas you've ever heard. Here I am, 20 years later, washing my own excessive piles of laundry, and the tradition of the great "folding party" continues. (JUST LOOK AT ME NOW MOM)
Although right now, it's less of a folding party and more of a pile party, but we'll get there.
Important to note: underwear is still hilarious when it lands on our heads.
This post has been in partnership with Seventh Generation, a company we've loved and trusted in our family for years.


Chealsey walton said...

so sweet precious moments to cherish with your little ones! side note love those jeans! hot momma! ;)

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