“Fold the laundry,” was a familiar mantra of my mother’s when we’d come home from school and there would be a few chores we did before starting homework or eating dinner. And one of us four did it; another put away. Someone else might have made the salad or swept the floor. No big deal, really.
But folding laundry apparently is one of the most despised tasks, creating a niche for manufacturers to invent machines to take over the dreaded chore. Get yourself a “Laundroid” and the job is done.
Almost. You still have to collect the laundry, load the washer and dryer, and put clothes away. And for many, that folding chore and putting away have taken on new appearances.
I’m perfectly happy to fold laundry. Now with only two of us in the house and not that much laundry a week, it takes a few minutes. I’m not worrying that the time spent folding could be spent learning a language or otherwise increasing my intellectual prowess. When the kids were home, I enlisted them to help, assigning them the “sock helper” title and they honed their matching skills. We’d sneak a baby t-shirt inside their father’s drawer, just to be silly.
Curious about the changing attitudes toward folding, I conducted a very unscientific poll among my sisters and daughters-in law.
It only takes me about 15 min to fold a load. Don’t know what all the fuss is about. Have to unload/load the dishwasher too. What’s the difference? (one sister, mother of 3 grown children)
Hahaha I like our method (which they actually mentioned briefly), which is where we have a bin of clean clothes, which we dig through every day. If I have extra time I’ll sometimes even throw the clean clothes into everyone’s correct drawers (obviously still in a ball). We do at least two loads of laundry A DAY. On the weeks we are busy and don’t get a chance to wash during the week we have the laundry machine going literally all day on Sunday – we usually just do the “everyone dig through the clean clothes bin” method – it’s a form of family bonding as we help each other find sock matches. (daughter in-law, mother of 4, ages 5 and under)
Show me a machine that can sort the family’s laundry, then fold, and then put in the correct drawers. Then I’ll take it.😉 (daughter in-law, mother of 3, ages 7 and under).
My other sister said her husband obsesses about laundry and folding. A friend reported she folds her own and leaves her husband’s in the basket for him to do. Her children folded their own since they were 11.
And so it goes. Everyone does something different. Habits and methods change. My mother used to iron pillowcases and my father’s handkerchiefs; I don’t. Technology contributes wonderful inventions – a laundry-folding machine isn’t one of them.
What about you? To fold or not to fold?