Home Economics for Boys


The Professor is none to fond of folding laundry, but when he does it, he does it extremely well. I didn't realize how good he actually was because he'd fold and put away (shocking) before I could catch a glimpse. Recently, however, he forgot a pile of t-shirts on the edge of the couch. I could not figure out which of my lovely children was capable of producing such a tidy stack. I stood stunned and eventually shouted...

"WHO folded that laundry???"

The kids all thought someone was in trouble. "Not me!"  "I didn't do it!"  "I didn't touch the laundry."

The Professor walked in and said, "I did that. Why do you ask?"

"YOU did it? How did you learn to do that?"

"Remember that YouTube video on Japanese t-shirt folding you showed us a couple years ago?"

"I just thought it was kind of clever... I honestly didn't think you'd actually use it! Well, congratulations. You officially fold laundry better than your mother."


"I know. I'm faster than you are, too."

"Uh huh... maybe you should take over all folding duties."

"No thanks. I'd rather hold the baby while you do the laundry."


Now, maybe you aren't that impressed because you are wonderful with laundry, but let it be known that I am a lousy folder. It is one of my least favorite household duties. I have never learned to do it properly and I rush through it. Things get all bumpy and for the most part, I don't really care. But my teenage son has raised the bar and I headed back to YouTube to find that video. I found a bunch of them. For all kinds of shirts and clothes. In fact, I think that will be our school for the day: Clothes Folding 101. Maybe I'll start to discover more little piles of beautiful laundry all over the house! :)

Posted on February 4, 2011 and filed under "laundry folding".