Works For Me Wednesday- Clothing Organizer

   If you have girls, your morning may look something like this:

Mommy, I want to wear a dress. No sweetie. Not today. Today we will wear pants. I don’t wanna wear pants, I wanna wear a dress. Ok, here is a nice dress. No, not that dress, that dress it blue. Blue is a boy color. No sweetie, it has flowers on it, boys don’t wear flowers. BLue is for boys, blue is for BOYS!!! Ok, here is a pink dress. I don’t like that color pink. Sweetie you love pink. I love light pink, that is dark pink. But you just wore that dress last week and loved it. Last week I liked dark pink…(mommy found in fetal position in the corner with a bottle of bourbon).

Of course that is a work of fiction. I don’t drink bourbon. Perhaps while you read it you are thinking to yourself, “This child needs more discipline and order, she shouldn’t be telling her mom what she wants to wear”. To that I throw my head back and laugh. Clearly you have not experienced a strong willed 4 yo girl before. There is no reasoning with them when it comes to clothes.

Needless to say, mornings had become very frustrating around here at times and we own an appallingly small amount of pants. Cause pants are for boys. Just so you know. Well, around August, I began to panic that school was starting and we had to leave the house at 7:30 am everyday to make it there on time. I was panicking for a whole host of reasons, the main one being that I don’t wake up much before 8, but also the clothing thing.

Now, let me just say for the record, I do not claim to have come up with this solution. I am sure I read about it in some magazine or blog. Possibly yours on a previous WFMW. Give yourself credit in the comments. Cause it has revolutionized our mornings.

I went out and bought a closet sweater organizer similar to this one (but hot pink and way cuter). Then every Sunday night I put in 6 outfits for the week complete with underpants, shoes and socks. Her end of the deal is that she gets to pick out whatever outfit she wants everyday, but she has to pick one of those outfits. My end of the deal is that on Sunday, she can pick out whatever outfit she wants.

The crazy thing is I have put all sorts of outfits there were previously deemed “unwearable” and she has worn them without complaint. And she gets dressed in the morning without me asking her. She just comes downstairs dressed. Sometimes she has fairy wings on or one of my necklaces around her neck, but I even I am not going to complain about that cause accessorizing is just good fashion sense.

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  1. That is a BRILLIANT idea! When Ben starts school in 3 years, I’ll have to steal it!

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  2. BRILLIANT!!! I am loving you right now. I am so glad WFMW is back for the new year (school that is). I was totally laughing out loud at you curled up in the corner.

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  3. Awesome. We’re not there right now, but we were once. I had a kindergartner who would wear nothing but dresses to school. She’s twelve now.

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  4. Just for the record, 4 yo boys can be just as stubborn about the clothes. I thought we’d be over that when the girls were old enough to care what they wore walking out the door, but then the boy started. So I feel for you. Do you think he’d like the hot pink closet organizer if I decorated it with Spiderman stickers?!

  5. I LOVE this idea! I’m going to buy 5 of them!

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  6. The Apron Queen says:

    Oh, we so need one of these! :)

    Confessions of an Apron Queen

  7. Lovely idea. I have a seven year old who tends to be a little fussy. I do lay out her clothes, but on a daily basis and she usually lodges a complaint or seven. Her biggest deal is shoes. Oh heaven help us, Payless has a customer for life, my baby loves shoes. And purses.

    She is homeschooled, so I don’t have as much to deal with, but believe me the clothing wars still rage.

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  8. I love this idea! My girl turns 4 next month, but I’m already seeing signs that this idea will come in handy.

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  9. Hmmm, I wonder where the girl’s love of great looking clothes comes from?!

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  10. Well, you just described every morning at my house. Boy and girl twins. Yes, boys care too. I am this close to drinking the bourbon but will try this idea. Thanks!

  11. Oh you are telling my story. In fact, in our house pants are so reviled that they are worn when you lose the priveledge of skirts, skirts & dresses.

    We have a morning routine sheet that the kids do well with FYI. And has saved us a little on our bourbon budget! :)

    mrs bicks last blog post..The Many Faces of Maddie

  12. I have a 3 year old boy who is more picky with his clothes than I ever thought any boy could be! You would think I have a mini Pete Wentz on my hands! Oh so much to look forward to in his teen years….

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  13. Rachel says:

    4??? Mine’s doing this at 2!!! In fact, we just went through this this very morning!

    I am going to get a sweater-cube-thingy today!

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  14. Because you know how Clare likes to dress, we’ve simply added picking out our outfit to wear the next day to our bedtime routine. So far it’s worked, and she hasn’t wanted to change her mind. Pants get forced on her when it’s gym day, but other than that we’ve ended the above conversation.

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  15. Sounds familiar!!! Piper Ann also only likes to wear dresses.
    I got her to wear a pair of jeans yesterday (they are horribly gaudy, but she loves them). She complained that they were covering her feet too much. I guess the transition from shorts to jeans is going to be a hard one.

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  16. We go through bouts of this too. I prefer Scotch myself.

    oh…and if you ever drive down Hall St.(which is connected to Fox Hollow Dr) on your journeys to dropping your princess off at school, you’ll drive right by our old house. It’s next to the beautiful yellow farm house. There’s still a for sale sign in the yard (right across from the high school). If the house burns down, don’t let me know. I may have to switch to Vodka.

    Hope you’re having a great day! :)

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  17. I remember reading that idea, too, but it is brilliant! I plan to use it if we have a fashion diva on our hands as Emma (19 mo.) gets older…which I’m thinking we will. She already tells me when she wants to wear her jacket and that she wants it zipped!

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  18. oh i am laughing…laughing really hard. i used to have conversations like that with my daughter all of the times!!!! oh and i did what you did and used an organizer…now if i would just take the time to fill it over the weekend.

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  19. You’re so smart! Must be the lack of bourbon consumption. =0) I’m filing that idea in case I come across a friend with the same issue. Thankfully, my daughter is over that stage. Man o man am I thankful.

    Runningamucks last blog post..Works For Me Wednesday 9/10/08

  20. you are obviously a genius! i am forwarding this to Emily!

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  21. A clothing organizer has worked wonders for me. I have two boys in school right now, and I wanted to catch the problem before it started. I bought two organizers, a blue one and a red one, and every Sunday evening we pick out five outfits for each boy and put it in the organizer. It makes the mornings so much easier when we don’t have to search for cloths.

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  22. Oh what a great idea!! How cute!! I know what you mean. I have a 4 year old boy.. and my word does he have opinions!!! He normally takes back the clothes that I pick out and picks out his own.. saying to me “Mom these are just not right” hahah

    Taras last blog post..Weigh in Wednesday

  23. My daughter just started Preschool and the trouble I’m having is just that she wants to wear a dress every day and I want her to wear pants since they play on a playground and she already has to wear tennis shoes. So this would be a great way to fix that! If I put one dress in, then all others pants I could just say “sorry, you already wore your dress this week.” Genius. Starting it today. Thanks!

  24. You are my hero.

    Now, can you solve the problem of last-week-I-loved-my-school-shoes-and-now-I-hate-them?

  25. This is such a good idea! One less thing I have to deal with every morning.

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  26. BRILLIANT. I really may have to try this. The clothing battles are making me CUH-razy! (And I hear ya on the 4-y/o girl.)

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