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I’m almost hesitant to write this post because I’m afraid of jinxing myself lol. BUT I think we have a system that is going to work for D and for me and I’m excited. Elementary school starts ridiculously early here so having as many systems in place to save time and tantrums are a MUST! This is by far the most elaborate of those systems but I feel the investment on Sunday night is well worth the payoff.
I considered a few different options when setting up our system. I thought about a hanging closet organizer like this one or an over the door hanger like this one but D isn’t tall enough to reach the top and the goal is to create autonomy. If I have to get the clothes down for Monday and Tuesday the system collapses.
So, with that in mind, I settled on drawers. I wanted a set that had an individual drawer for each day so it needed to be at least 5 drawers. I also wanted something that would be space efficient since the boys share a room. Finally, it needed to be sturdy enough to survive my kids. I ended up selecting this Iris 6-Drawer Rolling Storage Cart and have been happy with it so far. It’s a little sturdier than the other plastic options I looked at.
How to Make Our School Clothes Organizer
I used card stock in colors that coordinated with their pirate themed room and cut it down to the right size for the labels. Since my kids destroy everything I just eyeballed it. I should probably go back and laminate them with my pocket laminator so they last longer but tomorrow is another day.
The plan is for D to select his clothes for the week with me Sunday night and place them in the drawers for each day. My hope is that between having uniforms and him having autonomy over what to wear we will mitigate morning clothing meltdowns. Each morning he will be able to just grab everything he needs from the appropriate drawer and get dressed. Easy peasy.
I’m really happy with how this turned out and I think it should be easy to replicate. D seems happy with it (at least as happy as any five year old boy will be over clothing organizers lol). K helped me make this one and now wants one, too, so I may have to make a second one!
Let me know if you try it out! As always, re-pins are ALWAYS very much appreciated.