Am I on a role here with this organising stuff? I think I am, which is a bit unusual for me because although I hate being disorganised, I hate stuff sitting around and not being put away and I like everything to have its own place I am pretty bloody terrible at both organising and tidying.
One of my biggest hates though is disorganised baby clothes. There was a time that I could dress Pippin quickly and efficiently, not any more. She has perfected the rigid as a board toddler pose, and uses it to great effect – particularly when we are in a rush to get out of the house. I do not have the time to be running around looking for a vest.
Initially I just had a drawer for each type of item (tops, trousers, vests, etc.) which would seem a simple enough system to manage. Apparently this is far from the case when more than one person puts things away. Basically what I am saying here is that my husband would walk in the room with clean clothes, find the nearest drawer and just dump them in whatever way he fancied.
My new system has labels for each drawer, that way anyone can put the clothes away in the right places. And by right places I of course mean the ones that I have designated as correct.
I also fitted a hook to her door, and the clothes for the following day are hung on that each evening.
I got rid of so many clothes in a cull, she had too many for her wardrobe and I wanted to make sure we could find what we actually needed. So now there’s a section for her weekly outfits. Each Sunday I prepare the outfits for the week and put them on the hangers, as well as any additional items she might need. So if she’s going swimming then her swimming bag will be there, if she has a late night at Nana’s then a pair of PJs, etc.
Since I knew the hangers were going to be on display, I wanted them to be pretty and as a project this was about as simple as things get.
The hangers are Ikea’s HANGA‘s, they come in packs of five, so I needed two for this project.
The rest was as easy as getting a tester pot of her bedroom colour from B&Q and decorating. I also used a piece of card and made a divider for her wardrobe. That way the weekly outfit hangers will hopefully stay separate from everything else and it seems to be working so far.
So before bed each night her the next day’s hanger is put on the door hook and her changing bag is sorted.
This means we are ready and out the door in record time the next day.
I’m only joking. This is real life, and in real life toddlers take around 3.5 days to eat a bowl of Cheerios. Fact.