A few weeks ago, I was feeling overwhelmed. A is doing much better at being able to play for a bit on her own while I get a few dishes washed or tidy-up a room, but I still have to stop what I’m doing every 5 minutes (give or take), to help her look in the fridge or lift her up so she can see what I’m doing.
I decided to do laundry with her – and make it work. Our washer and dryer are on the main level of our house and all of the bedrooms and laundry baskets are upstairs.
First obstacle – How to get the laundry basket downstairs, with toddler in tow? This is how you do it! Put said “toddler” IN the basket and then carry the bundle downstairs all at once. A loved this and I was actually able to get the dirty clothes into the laundry room without my husband’s help!
Second obstacle – How to get the washer filled and a load started without killing my back, holding her on my hip? Keep her IN the basket while removing clothes one or two at a time. She’ll sink lower and lower and think it’s hilarious… or at least my kid thinks it’s hilarious.
Third obstacle – How to get the wet clothes into the dryer? This is probably my favourite part! A likes to stand at the dryer opening and put each wet item inside, herself 🙂 I pass them to her and she loves it. My Mom was visiting the other day and she recorded this step in the process – see YouTube video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sUL-Tu4RLzo&t=13s
Fourth obstacle – How to fold the laundry? This one takes me awhile.. sometimes laundry sits on my big, family room chair for 2-3 days, gradually getting smaller. I fold clothes while sitting on the floor playing with A. When she seems to be in a groove on her own, I get a bunch done. The trick is, to keep the folded items up in an unreachable spot!
Fifth obstacle – How to put it all away? Who actually does this anymore? Haha, I’m kidding! But seriously, this takes awhile too. I find that the best time to put clothes away are when I’m getting dressed in the morning and she’s pre-occupied re-exploring our bedroom. The other optimum time is when her Dad is bathing her at night. I can still hear when she’s ready to be retrieved with a cozy towel and maniacally get the rest of this stuff in drawers!
Ideally, I’d love to be able to just get stuff done, without having to tend to her SO frequently. She’s getting more and more independent though, so I try to remember that these days of neediness are numbered and one day, I’ll be wishing that she was tugging on my leg, asking me to come and look at something.
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