Clothing Chaos

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    Staying up on my kids clothes is a FULL TIME JOB!  It seems someone is always outgrowing something, or just when I am on top of things, its time for a Season change, and I pull out almost all of the Winter to make room for the Spring things.  These transitions are hard, because I can barely fit all of one season in the children’s shared closets, let alone leaving in half of the last season, plus the new, in one tiny space!!!

  IMG_2916 My favorite way to stay on top of things in the Clothing department, is have an empty Tupperware bin that lives in each child’s closet.  As soon as I know something is too small, whether its coming back to the room in the clean laundry basket, or whether I have deemed it too small after they put it on and it needs to come back off, it goes into said bin.  When the bin is full, I clearly label the bin with size, season and gender.  Then to storage it goes!  Easier than rummaging through drawers and closets later, trying to remember what fits and what doesn’t!

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   If my younger 2 outgrow their things, they go into a different set of bins.  These bins are full of things that will be sold next time I get around to having a private clothing sale in my home.

   Here is the current state of my bedroom:

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That’s because I am getting ready to consign all of these clothes of Avery and Paxton.  I will use the money I make from this sale to buy clothes for the big kids this year.  It is SO nice that I had girl, boy, girl, boy….the younger 2 literally have bins and bins of clothing from the older two, just waiting for them to grow into. I LOVE it!

  I just switched out Avery and Paxton’s closets, swapping out red, black and winter colored clothing, anything fleece or lined, and putting in their Spring clothes.  It stays cool (or even COLD and snowy) where I live for a good month or so, but I LOVE to see them in those bright colors, so I get them out first part of March and the kids can wear cotton long sleeves, wind breaker play pants and colorful sweaters for school and church. 

  To church now, the boys will wear cotton spring colored button downs and sweater vests instead of winter colored full sweaters and plaids.

{Good-bye Winter Clothes}

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{Hello, Spring!}

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  No more Velvet, fleece or red plaid dresses for the girls! 

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  IMG_2917They will wear bright colored spring dresses with tights and white sweaters.  Gone are the black shiny church shoes and in come the white patent leather.    As it warms up we will exchange tights for lace socks, and this summer we will lose the white sweater yet too. 

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This allows these dresses to be used for 2 full seasons: Spring AND Summer!!! Bonus!

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Avery loves all of her summer play dresses, so we have been making those “weather appropriate” by adding sweaters over or long sleeve shirts under them with warm tights and cowgirl boots.  She insists on a dress nearly everyday, this way I can say yes! 🙂

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  What are your favorite tricks for staying on top the ever-growing pile of “Too Small” Kids Clothing?!

~T

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Did everyone have a Merry Christmas?!?!?!  We are still recovering from fun-filled family function after family function, with more to come this week!  Most years, by the time it’s all said and done, we have had 7 Christmas get-togethers!  (And, no we do not do gift exchanges at every one, thank goodness!)  I’ll tell you one thing, next week will be filled with naptimes and early bedtimes to get ready for school again!!! 🙂

   So, I recently joined Pinterest.  Oh my GOODNESS, there are so so many things on that I am interested in making, but let’s be honest, it’s just not going to happen until I have a bit more free time on my hands and some serious cash flow.  But, away I pin:  pinning it away for a future day with future extra time and future extra money, when my future kids are old enough to not need me to meet all their future basic needs.  🙂

  However,  balancing 3 different school schedules from 2 different school districts, has taken its toll on this ol’ brain, and when I forgot a school thing for the 2nd time, I knew it was time to up the Organization around here. 

  My calendar sits on my desk in the office/playroom at one end of the house:

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  My laundry room, where all the kids lockers and school notes live, is allllll the way at the other end of our very long, ranch-style house. 

(Check out our laundry room makeover here.)  

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  It is just not feasible to run to my office as they walk out the door, to make sure I didn’t forget “Bring a $1 day” or  some other event written on my desk calendar. 

  So, as I was thinking about what to do, I remembered a pin I had re-pinned to my “Home Sweet Home” board, shared by Makes and Takes.

Here is what I did:

Bought a Poster frame at Wal-Mart for around $7.50, it was a nice big 18 x 24 one, but naturally I didn’t take a photo of it, so here is the crumbled paper from inside the poster frame that I pulled out of the trash can. Nice, right!? 

  The “glass” (plastic) on these kind of poster frames will be perfect for writing on with a dry erase marker!  And they are much lighter than a regular frame for the hollow door I plan to hang this on.

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  Next, I went to Hobby Lobby and got scrapbook paper at 50% off, spent around $3.  I picked brown, cream and deep red to match the laundry room colors.

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I had Dale Spray paint the black metal frame a bronze color: this was free since we already had a can.

Then, I printed an empty Calendar page: found online for free.

  Next, I started working on paper layouts until I figured out how I wanted them.

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  I decided to do a Calendar, Grocery list, To Do List and 4 Empty Squares: 1 for each kid.  I am excited about being able to easily keep track of each child’s needs for school that week, as they empty backpacks at the end of a school day. 

Here is the finished product:

(Yes, I am aware that I do not have pretty handwriting!)  LOL 🙂

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Here it is in the laundry room:

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  My new Organization Board aka “Brain Board” is on the door of the pantry, nice and accessible to me, but high enough to not get erased by little fingers.  Plus, clever Dale found me a WET erase marker for calendar dates and the children’s names, so when I erase notes, the “basics” don’t erase too.

  Cool, right?!  I was pretty proud of it!  {Pats self on back}

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And all for around $10, too!  🙂

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Organized Chaos

   I had a reader email me, and ask me how I keep my house so tidy.  She looked through all our photos and couldn’t see a mess in sight. 

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After I laughed and told her we definitely have our messes, I explained that the tidiness we DO manage to achieve, comes from being a totally compulsive Pillow-Fluffier, House Picker-Upper.  I can’t help myself, I tidy and fluff decorative pillows each and every time I walk past the couch.  And, as I walk from one end of the house to another, I gather handfuls of things that are out of place, because I can’t STAND a mess!  I have my kids clean up before lunch & naps, again before daddy comes home for supper, then again before bed.  They play better when the house isn’t trashed, they really do!

  I am a big believer in a place for everything and everything in its place.  The kids play closet is full of baskets, each housing a different collection of toys.  Baskets are such a great tool for tidiness.

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    I use canvas baskets inside our coat closet to house miscellaneous things like hats, coats, scarves, sunglasses, sunblock, & Dale’s ball caps.

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Thanks to a generous friend, the kids each have a locker for their school stuff.

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There is one basket on top for “treasures” and another basket on the bottom for gloves and hats…….which we seem to have bazillions of!

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  I use the side of the lockers for important school notes and updates.

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  This is how I control the grown up “treasures” that can totally make my kitchen counters look cluttered:

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  I have this basket on the kitchen counter right when you first enter the kitchen.  This houses box tops to send to school, DVD’s to be returned, things to mail, broken necklaces waiting for repair etc.

  Dale has a basket to prevent “Dale Trails”. He’s had his basket 8 years now.  It was an old one given to me by my mom, and was the original “Organized Chaos” basket in our home.  It lives on the dryer, which is RIGHT inside the back door.

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What is a Dale trail you ask? 

  When we were first married, I’d come in from work and LITERALLY could follow the path Dale had taken as he walked in the door.  Thus was dubbed the term: “Dale Trail”. 

 Picture with me this…..

Keys on the dryer, change on the kitchen counter, wallet on the buffet, cell phone on the living room mantel, receipts on the desk, desk chair pulled out with shoes and socks next to it, a belt on the chair in our bedroom etc. etc.…..

AHHHH!  This was NOT OK!  My tidy world was being destroyed!!!!  The basket has helped a ton, no more Dale trails, but we are working on making it IN the basket, not AROUND the basket.  🙂  Sorta like the toilet. Oh wait, that’s the “little Dale” in my life named Tylan…..never mind.

  Yes, I am a little basket-happy, but it totally has worked for us!  I even like to use baskets in my pantry, one to house onions and garlic, another for snacks and the big one for a bazillion bags of opened chips and pretzels.  (Can someone PLEASE teach my family the “finish one bag before you open another” rule?)

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  Hope this helps!  I got my baskets ages ago at Wal-Mart, some for $3 a piece up to $8 a piece.  Not a bad investment if you ask me, but that could just be the Pillow-Fluffier in me talkin’! 

~T