Ugh…Laundry! Piles and piles of it every week! Have you ever been sorting and folding your laundry and thought, “Are these Jack’s jeans or are these John’s?” “Is this Suzy’s top or did she finally outgrow this and pass it down to Mary?” If you have multiple children, particularly ones that are the same sex and close in age, you know what a challenge sorting laundry can be. I have good news for you! There is a very simple solution that my mom came up with years ago! I am one of six children and we are all a year apart, so you can imagine the laundry that went through our washing machine each week (Yes… you read that right! Yes… we are Catholic and we have a little bit of Irish in us too…LOL!)! My mom is pretty resourceful! She came up with this very simple solution called, the Dot System!
The Dot System
The dot system is very simple and effective!
- Take a permanent marker and put 1 dot in the inside collar or waistline of your oldest child’s clothing.
- For each child after that, simply put an additional dot (ex. Second daughter gets 2 dots, third daughter gets 3 dots).
- Every time an item of clothing gets passed down, simply add a dot.
So, problem solved! You can start marking your clothes and stop hearing your children complain that you put the wrong item of clothing in their pile. Now, if only I could figure out how to stop calling them by the wrong name!