I’ve been attempting to limit annoying tasks and chores throughout my day. The little monotonous things that have to be done throughout the day or else they’ll build up and make an even bigger task than necessary. Things like clutter and messy floors and KID’S CLOTHES.
I don’t know what it is about kids clothes that drive me crazy, but it seems impossible to keep them all together nicely.
First, you have the fact that the toddler can now open his drawers and his favorite thing to do is pull everything out of them which means if I want his room to look somewhat clean I have to put his clothes back in the dresser five times a day.
I used to fold his clothes. I’d sit and do laundry and fold everything nicely and then lay it in the drawers nicely only to have them unfolded on the floor before they even make it to the drawers.
So then, I decided I just wasn’t going to fold them. It’s easier for everyone to just throw the clothes in the drawer over and over again than fold them and place them in a particular spot in the drawer.
But then the clothes became a giant mess of pj’s mixed with day clothes and taking an extra long time to find anything in the jumble of clothes.
So my solution to the stress was only causing more stress. That’s when I decided to find a middle ground. Something that would prevent me from having to fold clothes all day but could also keep them organized enough to be able to find what I need.
Enter in the basket dividers.
I already try to keep Oliver’s clothes minimal. Just a few pants and shirts with some outerwear in the colder months. (Tip: take their clothes off when you eat at home or when you’re home in general. It saves so many pieces from getting stains!) But I think this system would work for any number of clothes depending on how many drawers you dedicate to them.
The top drawers are where we keep diapers, wipes, socks, etc. The little stuff and the stuff we need to get to quickly.
The two middle drawers are everyday things. Day clothes (left) are organized by bottoms and tops with a little place for a light sweater and t-shirts/tank tops. Pajamas (right) are organized by tops with bottoms and some heavy onesies for those cold nights. In the summer I’ll have them organized just by tops and bottoms, but we don’t use a ton of bottoms in the colder months. Mostly just under shirts with those thick onesies.
I’ve organized the bottom drawers with little extras that I’d like to access easily but I don’t necessarily need all the time. Outerwear and extra clothes for impromptu growth spurts go on the left and extra bedding for any accidents (or slow laundry days where I just don’t get the sheets cleaned in time for nap time) go on the right.
This is a huge improvement from what we were doing. It saves me time all around and I can even use this as a learning tool for Oliver! He can learn to put his clothes away while also learning the difference between PJ’s and pants and shirts, etc.
Here’s to making life easier one step at a time!