Like everyone else this month, I'm getting back into the swing of things, trying to organize and streamline my world. :)
One of the things I have a hard time with is clothes. It's not like I haven't tried things, or am not implementing ideas, but there is still so much room for improvement.
We have moved a small dresser downstairs where each child has one drawer for clothes, with a basket sectioning the panties and socks from the rest of the clothes.
One drawer is for all jammies.
Dresses still hang in their bedroom closet.
Off-size and off-season clothes are stored in the computer room here in boxes or bins labeled for size. Since we have only girls, we don't have to sort for gender, and thus far we haven't sorted for seasons either.
The problems: Keeping dresses on hangers and hangers in closets is nearly impossible with a 2-year-old in the house. I don't know that there's a fix for that, but I welcome all legal ideas.
Each laundry load invariably includes something that needs put in the storage boxes, and their next stop is a laundry basket in the computer room "to be put away." You can guess how that's working out. Organique thinks it's a dress-up pile (and I don't like seeing 6-month-old clothes stretched over my 2-year-old's head), things get mixed up and back into circulation, I procrastinate... It seems like a big job to sort out each item into piles from infant to 8, keep those piles from being molested before the basket is emptied, not to mention locating and peering at all those hand-me-down, washed-out tags that may or may not be readable anyway.
Is there a better way? I ran across some blog lately that referenced their clothing-storage bins being more for genre than size. "boys dress pants" - several sizes in one bin. Would that be easier? Tossing all the summery shirts into one pile might get them put away faster, but would it be reasonable to retrieve things that way? What about things that have a matching top and bottom?
With a gift card from Christmas I've ordered Don Aslett's Weekend Makeover, and I hope to find some good organizing ideas in there.
Do you have a perfect clothing system in your home? Will you tell me about it if you do?