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A busy mum has ditched folding her children’s clothes, saying it now just takes minutes to put the washing away.

Courtney Bavis, who has a one and three-year old, says mums should normalise not folding their kids clothes. She shared a time lapse video of her putting her toddlers’ clothes away on TikTok

“I timed putting these away and it was four minutes. So much better than clothes piled up for days waiting to be folded. I couldn’t handle it anymore. I don’t even pair socks. No fold system for the win.”

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The stay-at-home mum says like most parents, she’s in survival mode. “A couple of wrinkles that smooth out on clothes that get dirty quickly is not worth it to me. If you love folding clothes, do what makes you happy mama! My kids are 1 and 3! So much more time now for other tasks as well as for folding everything else.”

Courtney uses the IKEA TROFAST system to store her children’s clothes, and says she purposely doesn’t but clothes that wrinkle easily. “They don’t go to school or anything like that. Nice stretch material that if it did wrinkle it stretches out and the wrinkles are gone.”

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Her no-fold system did attract plenty of heat from other mums, with some claiming it’s lazy and that her children will look like ‘wrinkled ragamuffins’.

But Courtney explained that her no-fold system works for her now, but she may change in the future.

“Your systems can change and change back based on what fits your lifestyle. It doesn’t mean that I’m lazy, it doesn’t mean that I’m a terrible mum, it doesn’t mean that I’m never going to teach my kids how to fold or take care of their clothes and it definitely doesn’t mean that my kids are going to be 20 years old showing up to job interviews with wrinkled clothes.”

Do you fold and iron your children’s clothes? Let us know in the comments what your system is.

 

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  • My kids have done their own sorting and putting away since about 7 years old.

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  • I don’t iron but neatly fold and putting away.

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  • We do a load of washing every day. It gets brought in, folded and put away every day too, Because it doesn’t build up, it’s never an issue.

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  • I personally fold or I wash and hang anything hangable straight away on coat hangers and than put on line to dry, I like this idea but I like things folded and paired, I did get sick of it at one stage due to the kids not putting away or just throwing on the floor and than ends up back in the wash clean so I brought washing baskets for each of them and just sort and threw In their basket but in the end I started making them as they got older to sort their own clothes and to hang, fold or pair. This is a good idea and yes saves time but it’s up to you what suits best and how you want to do it.

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  • I fold everything as I’m taking it off the line but I don’t work and don’t have any small children either. I don’t think I would have been able to do this but it doesn’t matter, if it works for her and means she gets to spend more time enjoying her children, then what’s the harm.

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  • don’t really iron but clothes have to be folded away and socks paired up – else i am usually called to save the day and locate!

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  • Mmmm not sure about not folding clothes at all, and not pairing socks would drive me insane to trying to find them. I do love the set-up that this mum has though – love the organisation.

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  • I fold or hang clothes, and a don’t iron unless it really needs it. I will use a steamer more than an iron

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  • I don’t fold or iron any of our clothes unless they are really wrinkly! The rest of the laundry process takes up enough time as it is. But I love how this mum stores the clothes.

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  • All clothes in our house either get folded or hung up when put away. I generally fold as I am taking them from the clothes line so they don’t get too crushed. That being said… they do sit in the basket all folded ready to go away for quite some time!

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  • I hang all my kids clothes just so I don’t need to fold them.

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  • I fold but not properly, just enough to go in the drawer nicely cause I know it won’t last neat in the drawer for long. It will be messed up at the first chance he needs something to wear on the weekend.

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  • I hear this! I don’t fold my pyjamas most times, although I try to fold the kids’ clothes as they have so many! I just chuck the pjs in, no one is caring whether they are creased or not. I wish I had this system for my entire laundry!

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  • My eldest, 8 folds her own clothes, eventually. My middle attempts to fold but isn’t really expected to do much. The baby’s clothes just get tossed into baskets on the shelving unit.
    But all clothes must be folded before going into draws so that the clothing can be easily found without the kids needing to pull everything out to find their uniforms and other clothes.

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  • Oh no, you gotta food clothes to put them away. It makes it easier for things to fit and they’re not all creased up when you go yo use them

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