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Please welcome guest tackler, Kathy, who blogs at Toddler Bites. She has some great ideas to share on organizing your kids’ clothes.
I have a motto: “If everything has a place, then it might get put back in its place (and not left all over the place).” Okay, so it’s not a very catchy motto, but I live by it just the same.
Tackling Kid’s Clothes can be one of those chores that just seem never ending and daunting. I have developed a system that I’d like to share with you that helps keep all those clothes neat and organized.
We wash clothes on Saturday and the kids help fold them up and put them away. I purchased a laundry basket for each child. They sit just inside the doorway of each of their rooms. These baskets were approximately $4 each at Wal-Mart. The baskets have handles, and I have taught the kids how to take their baskets to the laundry room and put them in the washing machine. We do each basket separately, so that we save time sorting. Each child dumps his clothes onto a quilt in the living room and, while watching television, folds and puts away until the pile has dwindled down to nothing.
We have designated drawers on the kid’s dressers. When the kids were younger, I actually cut pictures from magazines and taped to the drawers to show them where to put their clothes as well as where to find a certain clothes item. This really helped out when they were learning to dress themselves.
- The top drawer is for underwear and pajamas.
- The second drawer is for shirts.
- The third drawer is for pants/shorts.
Their closets are for church clothes or nice “town clothes.”
The bars in their closets are LOW…at their level. You should have seen my husband’s face when I asked him to move them down to his waist level! But, it has been such a good thing for the kids! They can hang up their own clothes and can reach the shelf on top too. My daughter stores stuffed animals there. We’ll just keep raising the bar as they grow up (but I haven’t told my husband that just yet!)
(Notice a couple of other things in my son’s closet: I put a large bucket in there so he can tidy his floor quickly, removing all of those miscellaneous toys. I also have a metal trashcan for storing all those Nerf guns and Light Sabers.)
For organizing what the kids will wear each day, these Canvas Shoe Holders work wonders! My daughter and son both have them. His organizer is in his closet, as you can see above. Her organizer is in a corner of the room, as you can see below.
The top shelf is for pajamas (yep, so now they aren’t left lying on the floor). The other shelves are for their clothes…Monday through Friday. They know what they will wear each day. This has been a huge time-saver, especially when we are in a hurry to get somewhere!
These six shelf shoe holders (say that 5 times) are just $10 at Walmart.
So there you have it, my solution for Tackling Kid’s Clothes.
About the guest tackler:
Kathy Hutto is a Christian, wife, mother of two, homeschooler, Sunday School teacher, mom inventor, author, and the list goes on. She invented a line of toddler food cutters known as Toddler Bites, which are now sold through Price Products. The Sandwich Cutter cuts a sandwich into 9 bite-sized pieces and also works great for pancakes. The Hot Dog Cutter splits the hot dog and cuts it into ½ inch pieces across. Kathy also writes curricula that are sold through Currclick. She blogs at toddlerbitesblog.wordpress.com.
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