How do you teach your kids to do laundry? You write down the instructions.
But Jessica Lahey took it a brilliant step further. In a moment of genius (inspired by a moment of exasperation when her sons “forgot” how to do the laundry) she created the best 3-D infographic EVER: she wrote the laundry instructions directly on the washer and dryer with dry-erase markers.
Not only is this hack funny (you can practically hear her droll tone), it’s seriously helpful! Washer/dryers have all those buttons and dials, and context is important, so writing the directions on a piece of paper isn’t as clear as using arrows and bullets and if/then prompts.
Jessica is no slouch in the “explaining” department. She’s an educator and author of the new book The Gift of Failure (which I loved; my Book Love review is forthcoming). I’ve been following her excellent writing in the New York Times and the Atlantic for a long time, and we finally met in person at the Mom 2.0 Summit.
You know how, when you admire someone’s work, you really really want that person to be as fabulous in person? Jessica is. And she’s also a Class-A Parenthacker.
Read the full, funny laundry story on Jessica’s blog: Special Care Instructions
Bonus hack: if the dry erase marker doesn’t wipe off cleanly or leaves stains, try using a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser dipped in nail polish remover. According to ThriftyFun — a site packed with users’ household tips — it’s a killer combo.
Photo credit: Jessica Lahey, included with permission.