More than a year after embarking on this gig called motherhood I am still struggling with the task of keeping my little man organized. Poor Nick canâ€™t keep up with all the new systems I put in place to try to streamline the clothes, the toys, the diaper bag, etc. Weâ€™ve reached a breaking point and I am on the verge of a big purge. The guest room is packed with piles of stuff I need to sort through to store or donate, but before I tackle it I want to make sure Iâ€™ve got everything in his room exactly how I want it. No sense in storing away all those outgrown clothes only to find something I missed at the bottom of a drawer, right? Leave it to the perfectionist in me to rationalize why I should be making cute closet dividers instead of sorting through the pile of crap in the spare room.
The closet dividers are necessary because until recently weâ€™ve kept the majority of Jackâ€™s clothes in his dresser. I donâ€™t know why I ever thought that was a good idea. Especially as we move into the unpredictable fall/winter, I need to be able to see his clothing without rifling through piles. Itâ€™s not at all uncommon in Louisiana to be bundled up in October but wearing short sleeves on Christmas, so bring able to assess whatâ€™s warm and whatâ€™s not at a glance is key. The second problem is that I have had a hard time to date with keeping track of whatâ€™s almost too small, what fits just right, and whatâ€™s not yet grown into. Enter the closet divider. Thereâ€™s a vast selection of cute ones on Etsy and The Container Store has some blank ones for only .99 each, but with no Container Store near me and no patience for waiting for shipping I decided to make some myself with supplies already had.
Iâ€™ve got a huge stack of these blank CDâ€™s that I bought years ago because I needed just one. I feel certain Iâ€™ll never use them all, so I didnâ€™t mind sacrificing a few to the cause. If you donâ€™t have any CDâ€™s you donâ€™t mind ruining, you could use cardboard, foam core, or even thick cardstock instead.
I used a set of wire snips to cut a slit at the bottom, then a circle from the center. If you donâ€™t have wire snips some sturdy scissors or some sort of scoring tool may work even better.
The metallic film came off in large chunks under warm running water, then I used a magic eraser to scrub away the blue-green coating and any bits of foil that remained.
With the plastic all cleaned up, I used a nail file to smooth the edges that Iâ€™d cut. Iâ€™m not trying to win any beauty pageants here; I just wanted to remove any bits that might scratch me.
I repeated this process on three disks, then used scrapbook letters to label them with the three sizes that are most relevant to us right now-the size heâ€™s growing out of, the size heâ€™s currently in, and the next size up.
AND THEN I flipped them over and labeled the reverse with the next three sizes. When he completely outgrows all his 12 month clothes Iâ€™ll steal the 2 (I ran out of 2′s on my sheet of scrapbook letters), stick it next to that T, and put it at the other end of the closet to be 2T. Likewise, 18 months will become 3T and 24 months will become 4T. Genius, no?
Here they are in his closet! Iâ€™m pretty sure this system will be easier for Nick to keep up with than “the ones I like best go on the right side of the drawer, the ones that are kind of ugly but I need for when Iâ€™m behind on laundry go on the left side of the drawer.” If he can just read the labels and put them in the proper sections I can pick out whatâ€™s cute/weather appropriate easily and also see when itâ€™s time to go ahead and pack away that outgrown size. Hereâ€™s to hoping.
If you have any tips for managing the chaos of kid clothes pleeeaaassse share. Iâ€™m drowning in hand-me-downs to-be-handed-downs.