I have been training my boys (AGES 6 and 3) how to do their own laundry from start to finish. One or the other (or both) has learned how to:
- carry or drag laundry baskets downstairs to the laundry room
- sort clothes into darks and lights
- set and start the washing machine and dryer
- add the appropriate amount of soap/dryer sheets
- transfer clothes from one machine to another
- sort laundry into "ownership piles"
- put their own clothes away
Someday, I imagine, my Type A child will prefer to have his clothes unwrinkled and will eagerly master the steps to a perfectly folded shirt, but my "more creative child" will likely always see wrinkles as a delightful part of a shirt's design. For that child, I will be pleased that the clothes make it off the floor and into a drawer.
It took several months of training each task individually, and it will take several more months before the whole thing will be done unsupervised but what we have going right now WORKS FOR ME!