Further developments in the laundry saga:
Last week (on the day I did that all that folding) I went up to Bunnings and bought 3 laundry hampers. I placed one in each of the kids’ bedrooms. When they came home I announced that there was a new regime in place.
They are now expected to do their own washing.
I stood by giving instructions and supervising the process for this first week. Caitlin has to practically climb into the washing machine to retrieve the last few socks and undies from the bottom after the wash has gone through and Tom will no doubt need to have the “how to work the washing machine” instructions repeated a fair few times before they stick but I reckon it’s a go-er. I am no longer doing washing for 5 people!
Now, there are a couple of compromises being made. I’ve decided to let them use the dryer rather than trying to get them to hang stuff on the line which gives me a nasty case of dryer guilt but as we head into the cooler months my clothesline is pretty useless anyway. We’ll tackle “how to use pegs” next summer 😛 Also, I’m still stuck with all the ironing, though I plan on getting David and Caitlin trained up in that department sooner rather than later. When I told Dave I expect him to learn to iron he wasn’t terribly impressed, Caitlin took up the argument and told him that one day he might be living on his own and he’d have to do it himself and that anyway, even if he was married he should still do the ironing.
I promise I’ll post about something more interesting than my washing soon! Apart from anything else I’ve got to tell you all about how Tom took over 50 photos of otters at Dubbo zoo.