Dear Lola,

My child seems to be incapable of picking up her own laundry. I’m worried she will never learn how to pick up clothing from the floor and place it in our laundry hamper. Despite my placing 16 hampers between her door and bed, she cannot seem to get the clothes inside. Will she ever learn, or will I be stuck picking up the clothes when she is 25? I should note that my husband still leaves wet towels on the bathroom floor.

The Clothing Police

Dear Lola

Dear Clothing Police,

Thank you for your letter and I’m sorry to hear your Miniature Human cannot seem to pick up her clothing. Since it is a rather simple task, I must question why she cannot put dirty clothes into a hamper. I’ve discounted genetics playing a part in this, mostly because I haven’t had any formal schooling and reading about DNA gave me a headache. Your husband’s towel issues remain his own.

You didn’t mention to me your Miniature Human’s age. The lack of mental faculties associated with the drooling Miniature Humans under two years of age, could be one reason. However, I’m going to discount that reason since I’m sure you would have recognized that before writing me a letter.

Let’s move on to the physical reason she cannot put clothing away. Perhaps her thumbs are tired from all the cereal eating she does when you’re not looking. I would suggest hiding the cereal boxes and see if her picking up skills get better. Sometimes thumbs get tired, though I have none of my own so I can’t be 100% sure.

Another reason for leaving messy clothing on the floor could be psychological. She may very well view the hamper as a clothing monster, desperate to shred her favorite pair of pajamas. Since I find it difficult to find the perfect textile to drape across myself at night, I know exactly how your Miniature Human feels. There is only one solution to this problem – have her put the clothing directly into the washing machine. Everyone knows the washing machine is monster free, it would drown when the tub fills up!

I do have a final piece of advice in case none of the reasons I’ve listed are true. Kick her out of your house when she’s 24 and you won’t have to pick up a 25-year-old’s laundry.

♥ Lola ♥

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37 replies on “Dear Lola – The Clothing Police…

  1. O Lola! thank you so much for this. It is so insightful! 😂 I am crying with laughter. Especially .. Your husband’s towel issues remain his own…. I will remember it. Have a wonderful day and you deserve lots of treats. #dreamteam

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  2. Dear Lola. I am in awe of your puppy wisdom. “Your husband’s towel issues remain his own.” resonated strongly with me as my husband too has this affliction. Much love to Clothing Police in this one. I feel your pain. #DreamTeam x

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  3. Love this, I reckon the only people who can put clothing into the wash basket are mums. My daughter has no concept of it, and neither does my husband. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x

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  4. hahaha, sound advice. Especially the last bit… yup! my 28 yr old daughter has managed to master the laundry basket upstairs but she has failed to understand it needs to be brought downstairs for me to wash it. I get howls of ‘why haven’t you done my washing’ when she knows I can’t carry it down myself. I have tried the put it straight into the machine bit but she’s far to busy going to work to do that tsk! I should have thrown her out when she was 16!

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  5. ahahahahha what a cute post. tbh, we didn’t have a laundry basket at mine until just a few days ago. everything went straight into the washing machine. said laundry basket is now filled with clean clothes waiting to be ironed ehehehhe #BlogCrush


  6. Hehe!! I’m loving the advice!! My husband and miniature humans are also completely incapable of putting their laundry in the dirty clothes basket, and we sort of do your advice by me cutting out the middle man-I mainly bypass the basket and scoop all their clothes straight into the washing machine, based on the assumption they will be really dirty! If they could just do this part themselves-cutting me out entirely-I will be much less cross!!

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    1. I finally got desperate about year five in the marriage, I now put laundry baskets into key locations that Hubster seems to always put his dirty laundry. If I can’t change his behavior, I can at least put a basket there that slides easily out of my way.


  7. Please tell Lola that she is genius. I too put my dirty duds right in the washer. That assures they are in cue for cleaning and will not be lost in the abyss of laundry mountain. And thank you so much for #BlogCrush ing me! ❤ ❤ ❤ M'wah!

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  8. Hahahaha. For some reason my 3-year-old loves putting his dirty clothes in the washing machine…his toys, the cushions, random implements he’s removed from the kitchen draws however, they all stay on the floor…and seem to return there faster than I can pick them up…no wait, I just gave up picking them up.


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