This is a guest post from my friend Cara at Health, Home, and Happiness. Cara has 3 littles and organizational tricks like this means that the morning rush before school goes smoothly.
This Simple Clothing Organization Tip is Saving my Sanity
My kids are starting to get more opinionated about clothes. They both have favorite t-shirts and pants, and they’d wear them every day if they could. I prefer they save the near threadbare clothes for home, and look a little nicer for school. To solve the early morning dilemmas of what to wear when, and also to prevent the cries of ‘I can’t find any socks!’ I’ve gone a little overboard with the kids’ dressers. But it’s working.
The outfit roll-up
I used the outfit roll up method to pack clothes for our vacation this summer, it helped ensure that excited kids were changing their underwear and socks daily, and also it was preventing them from putting shirts that they decided not to wear on the floor or in the dirty clothes bag. When you’re camping 40 minutes away from the nearest laundry mat, this is important!
What to do for this clothing storage method:
- Catch up on laundry
- Separate clothes: school vs play/weekend
- Lay out outfits as shown (pants-shirt-undies-socks)
- Roll up!
- Set in drawers. I have one drawer (per child) for school/church and one drawer for weekend/play, and the top drawer for PJs.
- Keep a few extras of everything folded and to the side of the drawer. I keep 2 extra socks, undies, shirts, pants folded for each child.
- Purge clothes that didn’t make it into the outfits or in the ‘spare parts’ section at the side of the drawer.
- Repeat each laundry day. I’m going to show my babysitter how to do this and she can do it while the baby’s sleeping on the day she comes.
- Enjoy glancing at the drawers and seeing how many outfits they have left easily!
- Enjoy the smoother running mornings!
You can read more about Cara, where she typically writes about the GAPS diet and traditional food on her blog: Health, Home, and Happiness and check out her current series on living simply here: I’m Not a Minimalist, I Just Don’t Like Stuff