I've borrowed the title of this post from Flylady. Many years ago, I jumped on her band-wagon and tried to get my guys on board too. I should have known better! Since then, I've fallen off the wagon but much of her ideas stay in the back of my head.
Awhile back, I mentioned my woes about the laundry system I set up and the issues I have with my guys. As a refresher, I primarily use six laundry bags that hang on racks that have a rod and shelf at the top. For Marty and Nick, my request is that they bring their dirty clothes to, and place them atop, the washer. I'll sort and determine when any given bag is full enough to run a load. The goal was to do laundry as needed as opposed to spending a single entire day doing nothing but laundry. I started this so many years ago that I've forgotten how long it's been, but this simple request should have become a routine habit by now, but it's so much easier for them to just leave their clothes either in a pile or scattered all over the floor. Occasionally I remind them and I have gathered them myself and not said a word when I did. I ask very little of either of my guys.
Well, yesterday, they brought their clothes down. I'm showing just Nick's....
It doesn't look like so much in the picture, but it is. He ran out of his preferred tee-shirts and had to start wearing polo-type shirts...something he was very happy to give up after we transferred him from private to public school.
However, the other side of bringing his laundry down, which also lands in the category of his required chores, is that he take his clean clothes to his room and hang them up. These have been hanging here for at least a week, maybe longer, and are mostly his preferred tees.
This is his bedroom floor as of this morning. Socks and shirts amongst his school books, shoes and who-knows-what.
Time to go sort that pile and start the first load. Sigh.