A mountain of laundry.....

United States
July 2, 2008 11:21am CST
Ok so my child (17 years old) says to me "mom, I will take over the laundry" ok that should have been the first clue to say "no thank you sweetie though it is nice you offered" but no in a state of weakness I said "ok". So after weeks and weeks of dissappearing laundry and assurances that said child is on top of it and has it under control and has done said laundry I make a chore chart and decide we are going to do all housework as a family. so I tell said child please help gather the laundry. Said child says and I quote "I might have a few loads in my room" and out comes the mount everest of laundry. I have atlest 4 loads of towels, 3 loads of whites, 4 loads of darks, and 3 loads of lights!!! Thank God I made the chart!! thanks for letting me vent.
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@teison2 (5924)
• Norway
2 Jul 08
Why did she say she'd do the laundry?
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• United States
2 Jul 08
to make it easier on me LOL. And cause she doesn't like her clothes to be touched by other people or to have them comingling with ours. To bad now cause this is never going to happen again.
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@teison2 (5924)
• Norway
2 Jul 08
Hope you get it under control soon
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• United States
2 Jul 08
We are on load 3 good thing I wasn't planning on going anywhere today. Do wish we had discovered the problem ealier today though lol.
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• United States
2 Jul 08
Aw, your story makes me feel a bit better about neglecting my own laundry constantly. I usually have about two loads to do, but then I'll do one and get a bit lazy. And usually I won't do the other load until another mound of dirty clothes piles up. But at least I often do have something to wear.
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• United States
2 Jul 08
well laundry is on our chart 3 days a week so after we reclaim and conquer the mountain it will stay caught up.
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• United States
2 Jul 08
lol i know what you mean, my 15 yr old son is the worst ever, i did his laundry last month and decieded to go in and clean his room myself i found two pairs of jeans that i brought him a few months ago and suddenly had disappeared. so now every friday night we do laundry together and i do all room inspections too.
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• United States
2 Jul 08
Well my daughter wanted to handle ALL the laundry herself and found out it was not as much fun as she had envisioned and instead of telling me she no longer wanted to do it she started stashing it in her room, her clothes, my clothes and grandma's clothes, towels everything. I am in the off season and not getting dressed up to go to work so to be honest I just never gave it much thought till I started to notice I am only wearing certain clothes and some things of mine are missing.
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• United States
3 Jul 08
lol your daughter is very funny, gotto love these kids
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@GreenMoo (11842)
2 Jul 08
HAHA! What a wonderful treat for your birthday NOT! I'm surprised you had anything clean left in the house!! My son's bedroom is a place where dirty laundry. To give him his due, he's allot younger than 17 though. Every night when he undresses I ask him about dirty laundry, yet every time I check his bedroom I can find an armful Good luck with the chores chart!
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@smallT (376)
• United States
2 Jul 08
Oh well, your daughter meant well that day she promised. If you are like me you don't go in their room too often. My teenage son likes to pile his laundry in his closet when he "cleans" his room. So to keep my peace, I don't open his closet door anymore. I don't like stress.
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• United States
2 Jul 08
I don't go in there hardly ever. LOL.
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@anawar (2406)
• United States
2 Jul 08
It must be there is a difference between taking over the laundry and gathering the laundry? I'm surprised no one complained about not having anything to wear! I read the response before this one and found out your daughter doesn't want her clothes to be touched by others. I'm sure you already figured out that she can do her own laundry and someone else will take care of the rest of the it. It's not a big deal, but I wonder why she feels this way? None of my business I guess. I felt a twinge that a larger issue may lie beneath the surface of her discomfort. My daughter went through an episode of not wanting to touch paper and I set her up to see a psychologist to find the underlying problem. Please forgive me if I stepped over personal boundaries. I'm not implying that your daughter needs to see a psychologist. It reminded me of my daughter, so I tossed in a personal comment. okay, bye
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• United States
2 Jul 08
Naw she is just a very private person. She is not a touchy feely type and neither was I at her age. She wanted to take over the entire chore of laundry not just gathering. But now we are on load two so maybe we will make headway of it today.
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@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
2 Jul 08
sweetdesign ah dear well 17 is surely old enough to do the laundry but in the teens with all the hormonal fluctuations I remember my son and his mountain of laundry and his oh I'll do the laundry. Had the same results as you. so we had to have a conference, outcome he learned to do his own, while I did the rest, peace did reign and to this day ,hes now fifty,he does his own laundry, and cooking too.
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@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
3 Jul 08
This is such a sweet helpful child.. If he had of done the laundry, what do you think it would have turned out like.. I can just imagine..
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• United States
3 Jul 08
She doesn't do a good job on laundry unless she is supervised and constantly told how to do it right. When supervised the clothes come out sparking.
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• Canada
2 Jul 08
Wow!!!!! That sounds like a lot o laundry. I am glad that my husband and I jut have to worry about doing our own laundry. I'd hate to think of what would happen if we had kids who needed to have their laundry done/ LOL We don't plan to have childre.
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• United States
2 Jul 08
Well there are three of us here three generations under one roof. Mom, me and my daughter. We had our stuff come back from storage in another state that added to the problem.
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@blackbriar (9080)
• United States
3 Jul 08
LOl Sounds like me at the start of laundry week. Not day, but week because that's how long it takes me to wash all the clothes between 2 people. I have a hamper in my room and my daugher has one in hers. Both are totally overflowing onto the floor before I will start washing. We have so many clothes that no need for washing till we are down to several outfits each.
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@Thoroughrob (11750)
• United States
7 Jul 08
I would make her do her own laundry, if she cannot bring them out before there is that much.
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@bowtieguy (5927)
• United States
4 Jul 08
I still do the laundry in my house, I have showed my oldest son how to do it in case he ever ends up having to do them sometime in his life. But it is the one chore I actualy enjoy doing so I don't make them do it.
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• Canada
3 Jul 08
It's funny... I will take help with just about any chore in the house - except the laundry LOL I've had offers of "help" with it before and things have come out the wrong color, covered in fuzz from towels that shouldn't have been in the load, etc. Not because I didn't explain how to sort either! Some people just believe that the way to do laundry is "until the machine is full" LOL So, I still do the laundry but I've made it clear - I have 4 hampers in my laundry room and they are to bring their own dirty clothes down and sort them into the appropriate hamper. I figure that much help is the least they can do. I used to go around and pick up laundry from all the rooms, anyway, but I've just recently stopped doing that. Everyone is old enough to be able to do it themselves and, if they don't, their stuff doesn't get in until the next white load or dark load or what have you. I think I'll stick to getting help with cleaning the bathrooms or something instead hehe
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• Lubbock, Texas
3 Jul 08
AHHHH Teenagers! Gotta love'em. It seems if you're not a slave driver from day one, when they get to that age taking over something has a completely different meaning to them. As for not supervising her when she's doing laundry, I think something along the lines of, "I'm not going to stand here and watch you do this! You know how to do it. I want it done right. If it isn't done right the first time, you'll do it over" is in order. I know it's hard for a teenager to concentrate, but it's something they use for an excuse. I saw my grandson (who lives next door) getting in the car to go to school one morning last week and asked where he was going so early. He said "Oh I have summer school". I asked him why he didn't just get it right the first time and not have to take summer classes. It's hard to concentrate is always his excuse.
@subha12 (18453)
• India
3 Jul 08
it is the acvse with many teens,. they make some words like they will make it., after that they are just careless to amke so much laundry for other person to do,
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