How To Organize, Shop For, and Maintain All That Clothing

The Four Moms are: 

Kim at Life in a Shoe

Kimberly at Raising Olives

Connie, at Smockity Frocks


Kim at Life in a Shoe

And, of course, me.=)

How to Organize:
Get one of these- Over the Door Wardrobe Rack and hang it over the door. This is what we are using now for the Cherub.

These expandable accordian racks made for hats, coats, or coffee mugs are great for other purposes as well:
I have used them for tote-bag storage, and over the years I have used totebags in closets, either on accordian racks or slipped over coathangers to store:
underwear
scarves
socks
and lots of other stuff.
Put them in closets, bathrooms, or anywhere you need them.
In fact, we did this for so many years that two of our girls were grown ups before they had a chest of drawers. 


I’ve also used over the door hooks.One neat thing to do with these is to hang one up on your bathroom and hang up an outfit for every day of the week on them at the beginning of each week.

When we had five girls between the ages of 2 and 9, we managed to fit all the girl’s clothes in a single closet by use of a second closet rod my husband installed just below the clothes hanging in the top rod.


A plan ahead options is to pick one day a week where you hang up a complete outfit for each day of the week- slip the hanger through a pair of underwear and stick a pair of socks in the pocket, or clothespin them to the outfit.  


We’ve also done under the bed storage, which sometimes was simply some sturdy boxes (we did that by stacking the beds on paint cans.)

Whenever you are hanging up your freshly laundered clothes, hang them up, hang the hangers backward to the rest of the clothes. AT the end of the season (or even at the end of the month), get rid of all the seasonal clothes that are still facing the front. You don’t wear them.  (for ease, I might turn the whole closet of clothes to hang backwards) (this is something I learned from this real life friend)

Get a skirt hanger:  4 Tier Trouser Hanger

Shopping- 
Write down measurements and carry a small measuring tape so at the thrift shop you don’t have to rely on sizes. Sometimes the sizing is wrong, sometimes it’s been snipped out.  I measure the lengths of my favorite skirts.  To be honest, what I more often have to do is call home and ask somebody to measure the Boy’s latest inseam.


For boy’s clothes, once my son turned about 6, I always bought any boy’s clothes I found in his size and the next four or so up, because used boy’s clothes in good condition are hard to find.  I also buy myself shirts in a particular style whenever I find them because they aren’t that common in my size (3/4 length sleeves).


Try to get to the thrift shop on a regular basis, especially if they have routine sales days.  I scheduled music appointments to coincide with half off days at the nearby thrift shop.

I always shopped with my children. I enlisted their help- directing them to a rack of clothes and asking that they look for a blue shirt, size 4, for example.

Maintenance

A stitch in time saves nine is an old proverb for a reason.  Mend buttons and tears quickly.

Set aside a couple outfits that neat, clean, and look nice.  These are going to town outfits and cannot be worn elsewhere.  When you get home instantly have the kids change back to play clothes and hang up the going to town clothes.
I’ve heard that it’s a good idea to patch the inside of little boy’s jeans at the knees.

Remind your kids to pick up their feet when they walk and don’t be lax about scuffing.  This is a fast way to ruin one of the most expensive items in their wardrobe.


Aprons or smocks should be worn while helping the kitchen.  you can make great aprons by repurposing old jumper dresses.  There’s an adorably cute one here, but I just cut off the back of the dress and attach ties to the sides, leaving threads hanging because I’m so, um, authentic.
Authentically lazy, that is.


Have some good stain removal ideas.  Here’s mine.  It’s always worked for everything.


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One Comment

  1. Cindy Watson
    Posted January 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    One of my clothing/ laundry is bins in the laundry room, as long as it's not a garage or such. I have a bin for each child and myself. Clean clothes go in the bin and rarely make it to their rooms. So our laundry room looks crowded, but I can shut the door and not go near it other than to do the two loads I do each day. ( if your dryer is in your garage or an out building don't do this…mice!, ask me how I know!) another trick is socks are everyones! I have a sock basket and if you happen to be wearing socks that day, you do the digging!!

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