Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Tackle it Tuesday: The Clothes are taking over!

For this weeks project, I went through all of Amelia's clothes. Her dresser, the closet, the bins of too big and too small clothes, and even the items she hides under her bed were subjected to scrutiny. (Yes, my daughter hides clothes under her bed, usually for one of two reasons. One is she doesn't want to part with them, so she doesn't want me to wash them. The other is she's too lazy to walk five feet to the hamper and throw them in. God help me when she's a teenager!)

I'm also participating in Laura's monthly roundup at orgjunkie.com. The roundup for this month is to organize a drawer, so my task fit right in.

Here are the before pictures of her dresser. I didn't take pictures of the closet. Look at all those clothes on her dresser! That's how she puts clothes away. Yes, they are all clean.

I'm pretty sure my Mom would tell you that my drawers looked like this when I was little too. Although I didn't have a little brother that I needed to hide plastic screwdrivers from.

Here it is all empty. You can sort of see the containers I put in the top drawer to organize her bathing suits, tights, leotards, undies and socks. Once everything was out of the dresser, Amelia and I sorted all of it together. She played fashion show and tried things on. Too small stuff went in a plastic bag to be given away. She also had some stuff in there that was still too big, so those went in a plastic bin. Those go up in her closet and when she needs more clothes we check there before buying her new things. We also pared down the amount of clothes she has. I tried to keep it to 7 of each thing (tshirts, dresses, warm shirts etc. )

And we're done! The drawers are all organized and no longer overflowing. The bin went up in the closet and the bag of clothes have been passed on to a friend for her daughter.

This is a closeup of the top drawer. It seems like this drawer is usually the biggest mess, and Amelia can never find her tights for ballet, or a bathing suit when she needs one. So now everything has it's own area. Hopefully that helps when she is putting her clothes away and when we are getting ready to go somewhere.

Go visit orgjunkie.com for more organization, and 5minutesformom.com for more Tackle it Tuesdays. Leave me a comment if you participated too!


Phoebe @ GettingFreedom said...

We use pretty much the same method as you (baskets in drawers, too big basket in the closet). However, my daughter's dresser/room NEVER looks that good! Or my boys for that matter! I think I need to pair down the amount of clothes they have, but I don't even know how to begin. Most all of our clothes my Mom-In-Law gets for us at an amazing thrift store. But, too much is too much!

Thanks for the inspiration. I really need to work on this!

Tracey said...

I like how you used the organizers in the top drawer. We have the same situation - socks and tights get mingled and it's sometimes a struggle to locate those quickly. The finished product looks great!

Susie said...

Awesome tackle:-)

Danielle said...

I have such a hard time with my girls keeping there clothes straightened up! Great job!Check out my Tackle It Tuesday here.

Diann said...

Nice tackle! Looks like we were kind of on the same pagethis wek! LOL

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Have a great day.

Jhona O. said...

Genius!!!! I have a few empty containers and am going to go organize my daughters top drawer. WAHOO! And thanks for the encouragement...this room is kickin' my hiney!!

PS...I was so into your tackle that I burnt a pan of cookies!