Thanks for the inspiration! Question: Do your girls play in their good clothes? Where do you store their shorts - maybe I missed them? My girls are 7, 3, and 1 so I get lots of ideas from you!
Three girls! Triple the fun! And the drama. :) Those are good questions. About a year ago I completely stopped buying my girls shorts. They have never liked shorts or pants much (not stylish enough for Addison and not comfy enough for Ellie. Ha! See what I mean about the drama?) They always want to wear dresses and skirts so I buy a lot of skirts with the shorts sewn in them and a lot of leggings and tights to wear under the dresses/skirts in the winter. It works for us because it never gets too cold here. As far as the girls playing in their good clothes, I have totally changed my way of thinking about that. When they were little I bought them so may cute outfits and then hardly let them wear them. I kept "saving" them for a special occasion and before I knew it, they had grown out of the outfits completely. I dressed them in their $5 Target tops day after day and the more expensive outfits sat untouched in their closets (a waste of money to only wear a time or two!). So now I let them wear their good clothes. To school, to the park, everywhere we go. Because school and the park is their life and they grow so fast! And yes, the clothes get dirty and trashed, but then I feel like I really got my money's worth out of those nice outfits! So aside from a few fancier dresses for church, my girls wear their "good clothes" every day. :) I've adopted the same way of thinking with my clothes. I used to not clean up much because I'd think "I'm just going to be cleaning, at the park, and running kids around all day." Well yeah. That's my life right now and I don't see it changing anytime in the near future! I can do mom stuff in sweats or wear some cute jeans and a belt and at least feel better about myself while I clean and run kids around all day. And feeling better about myself makes a world of difference. K - that last part really had nothing to do with your question. Bur you know I tend to ramble. Ask me a question and you will get an answer times three. :)
I was wondering how your girls do in dresses at school? My daughter also loves wearing them but I can't picture her playing on the playground without her undies showing or getting her dress all dirty.
Ok - this was a major problem for us that I just solved last year! I mentioned above that I try to buy skirts with the shorts sewn in them, but a lot of my girls' dresses and skirts don't have them. Ellie loves the monkey bars at school and I knew she was toppling upside down daily flashing her underwear for all to see, so I started looking all around for some shorts that would be good to wear underneath dresses. And check out what I found at Target!
They are called Monkey Bar Buddies (how fitting!) and they are perfect little light weight spandex shorts made for girls to wear underneath dresses/skirts. They run a little small so Addie (who is usually a size 6) wears a 7/8. I found them on-line here, but check your local Target first. I bought a pack of two for around six bucks in the girls' clothes department. PROBLEM SOLVED. :)
Totally silly question here! My two oldest kids are the same ages as your girls and I am wondering what kind of hangers you use in your girls' closets? I still have the baby/toddler hangers but they are getting too small for their clothes. However, the adult plastic hangers are a bit too big. Which plastic hangers are you using? Only an organization freak would worry about such things!
Not a silly question at all! In fact, I've been asked this question a lot. Here are a few pics of the hangers I use for my kids...
Pink for the girls.
Green for Kole.
Question about the dividers. I have a couple sets of them (I think? Or something that looks the same!) and I love how they divide drawers but the ones I have are always coming loose. Not sure if I am doing something wrong... it sounds like you are happy with yours and they are not an issue?
The dividers I use in all of our clothes drawers are the Dream Drawer dividers. You can find them at Bed Bath and Beyond, The Container Store and of course, on-line (here). They are my favorite dividers and I've never had any problems with them.
Ok - I hunted all over Target this past Sunday trying to find this cute little notepad and NO LUCK!! Any idea which section it was in?
these by Real Simple that are the exact same thing. Hope that helps!
I just discovered your blog and love love love it! Your organized home makes me drool! I have two girls under 3. My 3 year old has a huge collection of kitchen play stuff which she plays with every day. I tidy up and re-arrange her kitchen play stuff every night but I still feel that the many cups, saucers, etc. creates a lot of eye clutter in the playroom. Any suggestions on how to store the kitchen stuff?
First of all - thank you! Very sweet of you to say. :)
Ahhh! The kitchen collection.
Ahhh! The kitchen collection.
Yes. I know a thing or two about that. :)
Our play kitchen is in the corner of our playroom.
The main thing I focus on with "kitchen" accessories is to not have too many of them! I have taken countless toy dishes, food, etc. to Goodwill over the years. I like to store all of the accessories inside the kitchen. As soon as things start getting too cluttered, I clean it out and only keep my girls' favorite kitchen toys.
I keep the food in a basket next to the kitchen.
Utensils are just tossed in the sink.
A few random bowls and tea sets are stored inside the "fridge."
I'm only half way through the questions I was going to answer tonight so I'll answer the rest another night this week. If you have a question for me, ask me in the comments. I'm still working on getting my email button linked to my email address. The last to-do for the new design!
I should go to bed but I need to finish watching my latest obsession - Property Brothers on HGTV. Nothing like a good before and after! Or handsome brothers creating dream kitchens. I'll take them both please. (The before/afters and the dream kitchens, not the brothers.) Actually... on second thought... You can throw them in too.