The kids have gone back to school. It’s time to start routines again to get our homes and schedules organized. Whether you have 1 kid or 8 kids picking clothes out before school can take way longer than you anticipated and then before you know it you’re running late. No one likes to start their morning being rushed, even kids. I’m sharing Smart Ideas on Planning Kids Clothes for the School Week.
There are plenty of options to choose from to fit your organizing needs. Experiment to see which method works best for your family or child. I actually use different methods for different kids. Do what works for you!
The 2-cube organizer is perfect if you have space on the floor of the closet but not much hanging space. I used 3 units and put them side by side. I didn’t connect them yet to make sure this option worked best for this family. You can use as many 2-cube units you need and have space for.
You can get as fancy or simple in the labeling as you like. I went simple and just used my label maker.
Place the days of the week labels on the bottom inside of each box and then it’s easy to plan out a week’s worth of outfits. If your kids can’t read yet you could number the days of the week. For instance Wednesday would be #3, so you could tell them to put on #3 clothes. Or you could assign a color for each day.
I like to involve the kids whenever possible so they know they are part of the decision. Let them help you plan out the whole week of clothes on Saturday or Sunday. Since they helped decide what to wear there is less chance of a struggle when getting dressed for the day.
If you have hanging space this fabric hanging shelf organizer is another great option. Each shelf is designated a day of the week. Since it’s fabric regular labels don’t stick to it very well so clothespins are a good option.
I stamped the clothespins with the days of the week.
Then simply clip them to the side of the organizer. Place an outfit for the day on each shelf and don’t forget the undergarments and socks. You can use the last shelf for Saturday or for hats and other accessories.
If you have a regular closet door that opens instead of slides, an over-the-door hanger is another good option. I made this one a few years ago for my daughter using tags I also made.
These hanger/hooks are awesome because you can also hang hats, scarves, and other accessories easily from the hooks along with the outfits.
If you don’t have a lot of space to plan out clothes for a whole week this is a great option. Before going to bed pick out 2 outfits for your child, the next morning they get to choose the outfit they want to wear. It lets them be part of the decision with you still having some of the control of their clothing options.
I like to have clothes hangers that are the same color and size for each child. If they share a closet they know what clothes are theirs just by looking at the color of the hanger. Plus since I’m an organizer I like how a closet full of uniform hangers looks. You don’t need to spend a lot of money. The plastic ones work just fine and they come in children sizes also.
Here are a few more tips and ideas:
Look at the weather forecast for the whole week and pick clothing according to weather.
Let the kids have as much say in their outfits as you feel comfortable with, there will be less struggles if they feel like they have participated in the decision.
Don’t forget to include everything that goes into dressing that day: socks, shoes, undergarments, hats, jewelry, scarf, belt, etc.
This doesn’t have to be limited to kids. Now that I’m working outside the home I choose my clothes and accessories the night before to take the guess work out of it in the morning.
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