lørdag den 21. april 2012

Vasketøj! -- Laundry!

     Uglemor hader at sortere vasketøj, alle de fire hjemmboende Ugleunder er af hankøn i alderen 6 til 14. Det giver meget vasketøj. Og hvad mere er, meget vasketøj i næsten samme størrelse. OK, det er ikke svært at se forskel på Troldens (14 år) og Piratens (6 år) trøjer, men nåe vi så tilsætter en Minimax (10år) der er lige præcis to cm. højere end sin to år yngre lillebror, Spirillen, så begynder det at blive sjovt!
      Heldigvis er Uglemor ikke den eneste mor i hele verden med dette problem, så hun studerede lidt på nettet og fandt to løsninger på amerikanske Mommy-blogs.

Løsning 1 - Prik-systemet: Man sætter én prik hvis tøjet tilhører ældste barn, to prikker for det næstældste osv. Det geniale er, at når tøjet går i arv, tilføjer man bare en ekstra prik.

    Uglemor kan altså med et blik se, at dette par bukser tilhører Spirillen.

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MotherOwl hates sorting laundry. With the four at home Owlets being male aged 14 to 6, she has lots of sorting to do. Well it's easy to see if the guilty member belongs to Trolli (14 years) or The Pirate (6 years), But throw in MiniMax; at 10 he is a mere 2 cm taller than his younger brother Marsupilami. This is where the fun begins!
 
 These pants belongs to son #3 = Marsupilami. Easy ;)

But fortunately MotherOwl is not the only mother of more than 2 in the world. A search: "Sorting laundry" led me to the dot system.  The oldest Owlet has one dot on his clothes, the next two dots and so on. And when somebody grows out of something and it is handed down, one more dot is added. Nice system. There's a marker next to the laundry basket, and MotheOwl is known to call Minimax or Marsupilami to tell which pair of trousers belongs to whom, when sorting.

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Idé nummer 2: Sokkekurven
     Uglemor sorterer tøjet og lægger det i kurve, der både har en farve, der signaliserer den pågældende Ugleunge, og er markeret med prikker. Så er det op til hver enkelt Ugleunge at lægge tøjet sammen og på plads. Se her:

Men hov. Fire Ugleunger giver fem kurve. Hvorfor nu det? Jo, der er en sokkekurv. Alle sokker, der ikke med sikkerhed kan identificeres - og det er som regel kun Uglemors egne og de fleste af Skribentens - ryger ned i sokkekurven, den grønne med hulleri. Så tager hver Ugleunge selv deres egne sokker i kurven. De mindste kommer så til Uglemor eller Skribenten og får dem foldet sammen, ellers klarer de det selv. Af og til må kurven naturligvis tømmes for enestrømper. Men disse to lyse indfald har gjort det så meget nemmere for Uglemor at sortere vasketøjet.

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Trick number 2: Sock basket

MotherOwl sorts the laundry. She does not (any longer) fold it. It is sorted into basket coded with both colour and dots. It is then up to the Owlets to fold and put away their own laundry (asking for help is allowed). But there's 5 baskets? One - the green one with holes in it - stands out. It is the sock basket. All unidentified socks are placed in that basket, all Owlets, and the Writer as well, is then encouraged to take their socks from the basket. It has to be emptied for lone socks from time to time. But laundry sorting has become so much easier for MotherOwl now.

2 kommentarer:

  1. I love your dot system! Trying to decide which clothes belong to which member of the family, when sorting, drives me crazy. I have been marking things with the initial of their owner. But the dot system is so much better.

    Great laundry hints. Thank you!

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  2. Thanks. I'm happy to help, but the dot system is not mine. I do not remember where I first saw it, and now everywhere I read it says like: "My sister said her friend had this great system ..." I can't find the origin any longer. Somebody out there need a giant cake ;)

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