Organizing Tip #23

• 26 February 2009

Using a hanging canvas organizer, organize your child's outfits for the week...one outfit per slot.

Doing this alleviates a lot of conflict in our home--the kind that begins with, "but I don't want to wear that today". Instead, I sort my children's outfits in a canvas sweater organizer (trying to include that favorite spider shirt each week!). Depending on the age of the child I may include underwear & socks. I then choose different outfits to meet their different needs (park outfits, school outfits, church outfits, etc.) and place them in a slot. In the morning when it's time to get ready, the child goes to their organizer and choose one of the pre-approved outfits.

It's a win-win system for a couple of reasons:

1. The child feels like they are choosing their outfit, not their Mom; feeling independent is important to these little people you know, especially when it comes to what they wear :)

2. Mom doesn't have to worry they'll choose something inappropriate to wear and arguing over ensembles becomes virtually obsolete.

3. Depending on their mood that day, the child will have enough choices to find something that works for him/her.

I realize there may come a time when this doesn't work anymore. But, if your kids are between the ages of 2 and 10, I think this plan is feasible.

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