Last October, I turned my decent sized closet into a closet for myself and my three littles, then 5, 3, and 1. It worked great for a while! All clothes (except Danny’s) went to the closet.
This made laundry day super easy for me. It was also easier to keep tabs on what the children were doing with their clothes. Bella was a clothes hider; I would send her to fold and put away her clothes and she would promptly stuff them all behind the hanging clothes in her closet. Frustrating, to say the least.
One year and another baby later, this is what the closet looks like:
(See? I’m a real person with real problems.)
This is not soothing to walk into. The problems were small, but several:
- Three little children trying to put away clothes in a small space = fighting, tears, and mess
- Three little children + two adults trying to dress in a small bedroom = frustration
- Three growing children = larger clothes in the same space
- Walking by Mommy’s clothes to get theirs makes it tempting to play dress up
- Sleeping baby in the room means no children are getting dressed until he wakes up
After falling two weeks behind on everyone’s laundry (except for Danny’s; he shouldn’t have to deal with my craziness), I am taking this week as a life-skills homeschool week. The life skills we are learning? Organization, home making, and doing without extras.
We are going to
- reduce our wardrobes to what we need.
- move the children’s clothes back to the closet in their room.
- unpack the last three boxes of who-knows-what from our move two years ago. (Real person, remember?)
- re-organize hanging clothes.
- re-organize the gift wrap section of the closet.
I expect this to take me a good two days, as I have food to cook, dishes to wash, laundry to wash and hang out, and kids to cuddle. I am definitely re-visiting the family closet in the future, although it will be a well-planned part of a remodel or building project. I still see it as the ultimate way to save time and energy.