I have three laundry baskets in our laundry room: one for kitchen towels and dishrags, one for white clothes, and one for darks. I do this to make sorting the laundry easier. One day, Sarah Beth asked me about it, and that day my older children started sorting laundry.
The white clothes go into a white basket, and the darks go into a blue basket. When my children get dressed in the morning or put on their pajamas at night, they are able to put their dirty clothes in the correct basket with just a little bit of prompting. They have learned what clothes go into which basket which makes my laundry job a little bit easier. Right now, Sarah Beth and Daniel are the ones who do the sorting, but Rachel has watched them enough that sometimes she puts her clothes up, too. I probably should start working with her more now that she's two years old.
Yes, I still have to sort the dark clothes again before washing them. If my laundry room were bigger, if I could fit more baskets in it, I would certainly try having them sort the darks even more.
Daniel and Sarah also help me fold clothes. At times, it feels like a free-for-all as I train them how I like things to be folded, but it's worth it. I definitely want to encourage their desire to help, and I have to admit that I look forward to the day when I can turn the clothes folding over to them.
I know that some people actually have their children run the washer and dryer, but my children cannot reach the controls. And they can't read them. So I haven't gotten this far yet in training my children to do laundry. Besides, I'm a little particular about how the laundry gets washed, and it can wait a couple more years until my children are better able to do it.
Do you have your children help with laundry? What do they do?