Thank you so much for all of the sweet comments yesterday about the flood in my home town. I really appreciated the kind words. Such a tough situation. My mom and I talked several times throughout the day and she was constantly overwhelmed by how many people jumped right into the mess to help. It’s always so touching to see a community come together during times like this. I am so proud to come from such an amazing little town full of some of the nicest people you could meet. I wish I could be there right now. But somehow I have a feeling that “my crew” wouldn’t be that much of a help. :)
I’ve been in a total funk ever since I heard the news about the flood (and especially about the state of a very close friend’s house) so to cheer myself up a bit tonight I decided an organizing post was in order. Organizing (and posting about organizing) is always an instant upper for me. My secret go-to drug. :) I always say this, but my house really is the most organized when I’m feeling sad or stressed. Organizing lifts my spirits instantly and I turn to this quick fix time and time again. Today is no different!
I try to stay on top of my kids’ closets and drawers by constantly getting rid of clothes that don’t fit or that they aren’t wearing. You’ve seen Ellie’s closet before:
I’m happy to say that since this closet makeover last November
we’ve stayed on top of this space and haven’t had to re-organize it since. Addison’s closet was another story. I don’t have before pictures to share, but because of Addison’s love for fashion combined with the fact that she gets all of Ellie’s hand me downs, her closet and drawers were BUSTING at the seams. I spent a few days over the summer and completely re-organized the space. I got rid of a lot and took bags of clothes to goodwill. Felt SO good.
Here’s what her closet looks like now:
SO much better!
A quick breakdown of how I’ve organized her clothes –
We are still laying out outfits at the beginning of each week. LOVE THIS. It is working so well for us. These are her outfits for this week. As is usually the case, she was in a dress mood. :)
I hang these clothes with their “accessory sacks”
on the upper right side of her closet where they are easy to grab and layout for each day.
Everything else to the left of her weekly outfits are long sleeved tops that aren’t worn as much. Winter clothes for the couple of months that it cools off around here.
There is a shelf above these clothes where I store the girls’ pillow pets.
I make every ounce of space count!
Below the winter shirts is a shelf I use for the girls’ pony and pet shop village. I keep these toys here because this shelf is easy for them to reach and they play with these toys often.
Below that shelf is where I keep tank tops and short sleeved shirts. Weather appropriate clothes for most of the year. For the few months it cools off here, I flip the racks and put the warmer clothes down below and summer tops up high. That way Addie can reach her clothes. :)
This is the right side of the closet.
The middle is open shelving where I store a few extra games. The lowest shelf holds all of the girls’ “breakables.” Random ceramics they’ve made, piggy banks, a tea set. All that girly stuff that they want to be able to reach, but that also needs to be up and away from a certain two year old.
The right side of Addie’s closet is for all of her dresses.
This girl loves a good dress. :) I put the fall/winter dresses on top.
Summer dresses down below. We are still wearing sleeveless stuff around here. It has been so hot lately!
Below the shelves are some drawers that were way too stuffed full of clothes before. Not anymore! The drawers in her closet hold:
Ballet clothes and tights.
Beach summer camp suits on the right and our sad “winter wear” on the left.
HA! Yup. That’s all we’ve got.
I cleaned out so many clothes that by the time I finished I had two empty drawers! Love that. I’m sure they will be filled soon, but what a nice feeling in the mean time.
Addison also has a dresser in her room so I went through those clothes as well (seriously, this little project took several days!).
Top drawer holds pajamas.
Next drawer holds skirts.
I use the Dream Drawer Dividers
in a lot of my drawers. In this drawer they separate leggins/capris from Ad’s socks and underwear. Do you love the cloud over her underwear? Figured I don’t need to air all
of our dirty laundry on this blog.
K. That was a bad joke. It’s past midnight right now so I get a pass.
Next drawer down holds pants. Which my girls don’t love so I don’t buy much of them.
The bottom drawer is still where we keep the barbie dolls.
When I straighten things up they look like the picture above.
Then days later they look like this again. It’s ok. I’m good with chaos. As long as it’s controlled chaos.
p.s This week has been busy with new house stuff so if you’ve emailed me and haven’t heard back I’m so sorry and I will get back to you – probably over the weekend. After I de-stress from this week by re-organizing our junk drawer. :)
Enjoy your Thursday everyone!