As you may have noticed, this week I’m focusing on dealing with your children’s clothes, specifically: The Good, The Bad, and The Dirty! This is part three in my three part series to help you solve the problems of the overflow of kids clothes!
“The Good” is the current clothes that fit, “The Bad” is clothes that no longer fit or have seen their better days and, “The Dirty” is well…dirty clothes. If you missed the previous two posts click here to read Part 1- The Dirty and Part 2- The Bad.
“The Good”: Current Clothes that fit.
When dealing with your child’s clothing that he or she is currently using first look at who is going to be accessing the clothes most. Do you have a very young child that still needs your assistance getting dressed, or is your child old enough that he or she will be accessing the clothing “all by themselves”. Once this is determined be sure the clothing is hung or folded in a way that is easy for that person to put away and retrieve. That means if that person prefers to fold things then there should be plenty of room to put folded clothes. This could be drawers or shelves. If it is easier for that person to hang things then be sure to have plenty of hanging space at a level so that the child can reach the clothes, hang up clothes, and retrieve clothes.
The third thing to consider is to be sure to use hangers that are easy to use. Yes, that’s right, not all hangers are created equally. Some people will use pant or skirt hangers that have clips on them and some people will not. Some people prefer to hang pants over the bar of a hanger. Don’t assume that if you prefer one method that your child will too. Something that might be easy for you to do may not work for your child. Ask your child if one is easier to use and you may be surprised at the answer and the result. Don’t ask your child which hanger they like better because you will probably just get a blank stare.
Finally, as we discussed in “The Dirty” a big part of this is establishing the habits. Start with baby steps and have your child simply help you put clothes away. You can hand him or her a stack of T-shirts, socks, or pajamas. It’s good to start out with this as a team effort and then work towards independence.
Keeping these things in mind will increase your chances of your child actually putting their clothes away. Oh, what a feeling!
Using these three parts together will help you to separate the old from the new from the dirty and give you a plan for dealing with them. I’d love to hear how this is working for you or if you have any tips that have worked in your home. Feel free to post a comment below.
Enjoy your more organized space!
Copyright (C) 2009 Angela Ploetz, POSH Space www.theposhspace.com.