Okay, let’s talk about kids clothes organization.
I have four sons that are fairly close in age, which means when it comes to clothing them I pretty much have it made. So far I’ve only had to buy (or am gifted, gotta love grandparents) clothes for #1, and then #2, #3 and #4 all get his hand me downs. None of them are at the age yet where they care what they wear, so I’ve spent something very close to $12 to dress all of them (not including shoes…gah, shoes).
However, keeping their clothes organized is a special kind of torture. The sizes are arbitrary since it varies from brand to brand, plus my kid may be wearing size 4 bottoms and 7 tops…which means I could pretty much rip out the tags and be just as well off. My boys also share rooms and closets, so even if I miraculously get everything sorted it only lasts a hot minute before everything is mixed up again. I mean, the other day I told my kids to get dressed and my seven-year old came out in a t-shirt and a pair of 18 month pants. They went down to about his knees and were skin-tight, but dang it, he got them on and he was ready to go.
Enter this tip. It’s insanely easy, takes no time at all, costs nothing, and saved my sanity.
I call it “the dot system.”
Here’s how it works :
Each kid is assigned a number of dots depending on their birth order. My oldest son is one dot, second is two dots and so on and so forth. I went through all my boy’s clothes and dotted it appropriately, using a sharpie to put them in the back by the tag. As soon as one of my boys puts something on and it looks a little tight I add a dot and put it in my next son’s drawer.
That’s it, that’s the whole tip. So easy, right? I can’t believe I struggled with kids clothes for so long when there was such a simple solution. Not only can my kids now get themselves dressed and not look ridiculous, but folding and putting away laundry is so much easier. My husband does it perfectly now too…though I will kinda miss finding little boy t-shirts hanging in my closet because he thinks they are mine.
Anyway, you can adjust this for your own family (like stars for girls and dots for boys if you have multiples of both genders) but I just had to get the word out. I just started this last month and it has seriously been a sanity saver!