What does "Laundry doesn’t fold itself" mean?

I can't understand it through the literal meaning. Google search return no useful information.

Thank you!

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    It means that somebody (either the person speaking or the person they're speaking to) needs to hurry up and start folding the laundry because it isn't magically going to start folding itself. The phrasing that I would expect to hear is "That laundry isn't going to fold itself". You can use similar phrasing for most chores: "That car isn't going to wash itself" or "That grass isn't going to mow itself".
    – nnnnnn
    Commented May 28, 2016 at 2:52
  • This is an idiomatic phrase. It is a way of saying things don't get done by themselves. It can be said to someone who is trying to get out of doing something (for example lazy children).
    – user3169
    Commented May 28, 2016 at 3:00
  • It means your mother doesn't live there... Commented May 28, 2016 at 3:33

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It means something will not happen all by itself, that an effort needs to be made/used to make something happen

the laundry won't fold itself
the essay won't write itself
dinner won't cook itself
the question won't answer itself

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