Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends up. – Kate Spade
My little girl used to love wearing Princess Tiana costume when she was a toddler, then as she becomes little older, she started sticking to all comfy t-shirts, leggings, and sneakers. Now she has become a huge fan of Hermione Granger, so now she likes white shirts, long socks, and cape.
Ok, so this post is not for me to go down the memory lane and browse through all the pictures of my daughter when she was a baby. This post is to share some inspirations and tips with you, a busy mom like me, seeking some peace while getting things done.
It all began when I saw my daughter going to keep one thing in her closet and then ten things will fall on her. I was not very happy when I saw that she is getting into a habit of dumping things in her closet and then getting frustrated when she doesn’t find things on time.
At that moment all I wanted to do was to yell
” Why don’t you keep your stuff properly? Who is supposed to clean this mess?”
One question flashed into my mind.
When did I ever found time to teach my princess how to keep her things organized?
Did you take the time to teach your kids? If so then great but if not then think about doing so.
Now came the big question, how should I organize her closet so that it is easier for her to maintain? When I was little, my mom used to do it for me, so I never got a habit to organize things.
After staring at the mess for few more minutes, I picked up a book.
Yes, you read it right, I picked up a book instead of helping or yelling at her at that moment. That book was The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. Did you get the picture, I didn’t google but picked up a book instead? I want to teach my daughter that answers are in the books not just on Google.
Nevertheless, after reading the book and making my daughter read some parts too, we started with collecting clothes from all over the house and dumping them on a bed. We followed the directions given in the book.
Then we made a trip to Target and got a nine cube organizer along with nine fabric cubes from Walmart. Links are provided below for these products.
After hours of sorting and folding clothes, in which my kids helped me a lot, we started putting my daughter’s clothes in the fabric cubes. I was surprised to see that those cubes which looked so small at first could hold up to twenty four t-shirts of my daughter. Later we put labels on the cubes like, t-shirt, nightclothes, leggings, winter clothes, etc.
I choose to hang her dresses, keep her hamper underneath them, so it looks clean even when it’s filled with clothes. I also folded all her ethnic wear clothes and put them in separate fabric boxes which I got from Walmart as well. Her artwork and other important papers from last year are in the boxes along with her headbands, belts, gloves, and scarfs, etc. in little baskets. I liked this little ponytail rubber bands holder. It turned out to be a very useful product for me in the morning.
Her small little things like earnings and necklaces etc. are also in the little boxes we found in the house. I liked this blue ottoman which I also got from Walmart; it comes handy to keep random stuff hidden and not become an eyesore.
With these little and easy to find things and without breaking a bank, I along with my daughter are living in a happy and easy to find everything mode now. My little darling’s closet is in this state since I made these changes this summer. It is very easy for her now to find her things and keep them back to where they belong. She picks up her clothes for all five days of school every Sunday night and hangs them on the pink hangers. The thumb rule is no more than five pink hangers should be in use. That way it keeps the closet tidy looking and me as level headed mom.
So I do encourage you to read the book and teach your kids, the art of organization. I hope my little girl learned that and will use it for rest of her life.
Here is what we did along with the links for things we used in this closet organization project. Enjoy cleaning your little girl’s closet with her and share your experiences with me.
Everyday clothes go in Nine cube organizer and fabric cubes : Link to 9 box cube and fabric boxes
Ethnic clothes go in the fabric boxes :Link
Accessories in boxes and bins : Links
Dresses on hangers : Felt hangers and pink plastic hangers
Five pairs of clothes to wear to school on pink hangers
Random things in the Oatman : Oatman
Dirty clothes in the blue hamper : Hamper
Here are links to other useful tips for busy moms. Don’t forget to share this post
Trick to get quality time with your kids
Solutions to everyday problems of busy moms
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