Let's back up a bit and start toward the beginning of this story - this isn't the important part, either, it's just for background information. My kids are going to college about an hour away from our home; they had intended to get an apartment near the college. After some spirit killing apartment hunting, where it was obvious my daughters couldn't afford an apartment without taking out massive loans and said apartments were no longer taking co-signers, they decided to commute to school. It will take more time in the morning, however, they may miss afternoon traffic depending on their class schedules. Many people commute that far for jobs.
In light of this new situation, when people ask about whether they're going to live at home, I've been answering with, "Why wouldn't they want to live at home? I do their laundry, I cook, there's free food, WiFi, TV, electricity; all they need to come up with is tuition and gas money." Then people say to me, "They should be doing their own laundry."
Okay, I get that children at their ages should do their own laundry. It's not like they are living away from home and bringing me their laundry. My oldest was out of the house for a year and even when she brought her laundry home I didn't do it for her. But because they live in my home, I think it saves time, money, and space when all the laundry in the household is done at once. Since most of our clothing get hung up, our house is too small with no where to constantly have laundry hanging all over the place. It's not like they don't know how to do laundry or that when they need something washed immediately they don't take care of it themselves. They also wash their own sheets when needed.
The point is, the laundry doesn't bother me, and I'm saying why wouldn't they want to live at home and not have to take out additional school loans just for the convenience of living in an apartment. It's a long drive, yes, but they'll be together and get to sleep in their own beds. They are college students. It's a right of passage to be horribly inconvenienced or live in a dive. Since there were no dives to be found in the area of college, they'll have to settle for a long commute and I will continue to do their laundry.
So if you're still really focused on whether or not my kids do their own laundry, just know they know how to do laundry, that's all that really matters. What I'm really trying to say here is it's not about me doing laundry, I'm doing it anyway. it's about the best option for them to get to school and back with the least expense.