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.|
These pants belongs to son #3 = Marsupilami. Easy ;)
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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!
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:
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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, are 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.