Mum's the Word

Time for a shake down

Posted: Aug. 1, 2017 1:54 pm Updated: Aug. 1, 2017 2:05 pm

Once again, the laundry situation is overwhelming and never-ending. I collect the laundry, wash the laundry, dry the laundry, fold the laundry, put the laundry away and repeat.

There are so many steps that I try to get the kids to help out.

The last two steps are my least favorite, so when I go to the trouble to fold the laundry I think it's only fair that someone helps put it away, especially when it's their clothes.

What can I say, I'm a dreamer.

Otherwise, the laundry just lives in baskets. Not that there's anything wrong with that, we've been known to go weeks.

My point is my expectations are reasonable. I don't expect everything to be perfect or even done right away, but I do expect them to try.

Then I walk in to find something like this:

Heck no!

Um, is this the laundry I spent an hour folding?

No! This is when you meet Mommy Dearest.

After I breathe it out/yell into the abyss, I institute what has been referred to by others before me as "shake down."

I dump it all. Then THEY fold and put away.

Mean? Perhaps. But this is the equivalent of watching someone work hard on something and then throwing it in the fire.

They have a drawer for everything, not that I'm OCD, but how hard is it to put pants in the pants drawer? There's literally no excuse for this! I think they just opened up two drawers and shoved as much as they could in the top one, letting things spill into the bottom and tried to shut the drawers. It should be noted this is one of two big dressers. Apparently, all the clothes must go in THESE drawers.

We're suffering from extreme laziness. I understand lazy, but I can't live in a world condoning it.

So dear children, I have bad news. Cancel your very important plans to Roblox with your friends. Instead, you will spend your morning dealing with this situation.

The worse news: If you don't comply, "shake down" can go on and on.

Jen Reekie was born and raised in Quincy and received a communications degree at the University of Kansas, which has come in quite handy as she communicates every day with four children who don't hear a word she says. This stay-at-home mom enjoys the challenge, though, and shares her experiences in this blog, "Mum's the Word." She welcomes your feedback, questions and stories about staying sane while raising kids.