How to Organize a Child's Closet
Summer is nearly here, the flowers blooming, my eyes itching, and the red in my daughter’s cheeks as I tell her it’s time to clean out her closet to find shorts that fit and t-shirts that have suddenly become half tops! I remember sobbing over large plastic containers as I carefully folded away first her 0-3 month sleepers, then her first pair of sneakers, and more recently, an adorable size 6 shirt with beautiful butterflies that she insisted on wearing weekly. Now she is the one who does the crying when I tell her that it is time to go through the dreaded change of season ritual –the trying on of the clothes. In our house this task is met with fits and tears because it inevitably consumes times better spent enjoying those early and glorious summer days and often ends with tough decisions about which items will make it through one more season and which favorite outfits will not return. But this year I’ve got a plan. I’m going to make organizing my children’s closets fun (both for them and for me!) or I’m going to die trying. Follow this plan for ANY season! The plan is simple:
1. Remove clothing beforehand if you know it’s too small:
Remember those shirts that you passed off as ¾ sleeves last fall when really you knew they didn’t fit anymore? Or how about those ankle-length pants that you pretended were capris…short capris? It’s time to pull those items from her closets or drawers before she becomes a part of the festivities. It will be less emotional for both of you if she’s not there, and there will be less time standing around for her.
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