Sunday, June 22, 2008

What Do I Wear?

This a daily hue and cry from R8. That's right. I said 8. It is often followed by, "I have nothing to wear," and a young girl sitting and staring at her closet. She's only 8. Did I mention that?

Her closet had become so packed full of clothes- I'm not sure when that happened, but surely did. Too many clothes make it difficult for children to manage their space. So, we hoed out. We placed her out of season clothes up on top (it's high up so they are somewhat mashed...) and set aside things she's outgrown- which I do often so there weren't that many items.


Then I set to thinking about how to solve the "what to wear" problem. She has trouble picking out things that match and we just don't have the space for those cute little closet or door hanger organizers with the days of the week on them. You know the ones- you get to put the clothes in there ahead of time and there's no fuss (well as long as you are not I-6 who is very particular about his clothing choices).

Well it came to me. Why not take pictures of matching outfits, print them, and hang them up on the closet door or the back of her bedroom door. Or I could make a notebook or a clipboard up where she can reference the pictures.

Here's what I've done so far, but this is not for the faint of heart! It takes time...



I sure hope this will help her to make quicker choices each morning. Hopefully I'll be able to update soon with a summary of how she references her pictures. You know this flash of brilliance might be good enough for My Good Idea over at Family Fun Magazine. Do they pay for that? I'm starting a laptop fund... my inlaws were teasing me about using my blog to make a few bucks. Would I change the name to Money, She Made? For the record, I'd have to go with Laptop, She Bought. ; )

5 comments:

Alana said...

I am down with Laptop, She Bought!

Hilarious!

Heather said...

Thank you. It's original!

Your dh said...

Next thing you know, you will be creating a flip sheet of outfits I am allowed to wear to work!

Heather said...

Not a bad idea...

Anonymous said...

Clever girl.

Have you divided outfit choices into church/nice and play/everyday? This would be essential in my house, as my children often appear "dressed" and ready for church in stained shorts and flip flops. Or perhaps this nuance is better left for Dan's chart.

Jana in SoCal