With four small children, making it out the door with everyone fully clothed, clean, and on time is not fun or easy.
The night before we plan on going out, Bella or I choose the clothes for everyone. (Bella enjoys this job; she volunteers to get coordinated outfits for them.) We include socks, shoes, and extra underwear; even ties, hats, and hair bows are gathered. The older three children’s clothes are hung on hooks, one per child, and Nikolai’s is kept in the Master Bedroom. I always have an extra set of clothing chosen for any children under age 3 and for myself. When that accidental mess happens five minutes before we walk out the door, we’re ready!
When a child is given clothes that are too large or outgrows clothing that he has, it goes into the corner basket. When the basket is full, I take it to the attic and put the items in their place based on boy/girl and size. This is when I pull out larger clothes if needed.
The last tip is so simple: all of the pajamas go in the same place. I was sorely behind on clothes folding when I took this picture, but the pajamas go in the pinkish purple basket. Declan’s go on one side, Bella’s on the other, and Charlie’s go in the hanging wire basket. This makes bedtime a breeze!
These are hardly fix-all-problems tips, but they have been great time savers for me! How do you make getting ready easier? What do you use for outgrown clothes?