Monday, August 10, 2009

Clothes Sorting

Disclaimer: Yes, this will probably be the most boring post you read today. But, if you're anything like me, you've realized since becoming a parent exactly how much of your daily life is now hopelessly out of your control, and you grasp tight hold onto anything you can actually claim your dominion over.

Sorry, dangling preposition there.

Anyway, last year my kids went to private school and their uniform was polo-style shirts in red, white, navy blue, or hunter green. I had 3 kids who could all wear these shirts and I was forever trying to figure out whose shirts were whose. Not that it really mattered, but I didn't want one kid to end up hoarding all the shirts and another having to wear a dirty shirt two days in a row, simply because I couldn't sort the shirts into the right piles.

Plus, I have noticed that one brand's size "Medium" ends up being the same size as another brand's "Extra Large", so I can't really go by sizes either. One size fits one child, maybe the same size fits another, and maybe a larger size fits the smallest child.

Anyway, I got on one of my favorite Mom sites, Mamasource, and it's sister site Mamapedia, and begged the other moms to give me some advice as to how I could label my kids' shirts so I knew whose was whose. I didn't want to use their initials, because as one outgrows a shirt I want to pass it along to the next one without having to scratch out an initial in permanent ink.

One mom gave me this advice: "Using either dots or small lines, mark your oldest child's clothing with one line, next child with two lines, next with three, and so on. So, when you pass on the clothing to the next child, you can just add a line."


That. Was. Brilliant. For some reason I feel so much smarter now. Not that it was my idea, but every time I fold clothes and I see those little lines, I smile and give myself a mental high five. This also works for my two boys who like to buy shirts that are exactly the same. Actually, my younger son likes to look like his older brother and it drives the older brother crazy, but that's for another post...

Maybe you can benefit from my (borrowed) genius!

15 comments:

Janie at Sounding Forth said...

So, now...will you come work on my closets? You can mark all mine with little dots about

1) looks like crap
2) makes my wide butt look 12 inches wider
3) what size are those chichis again?

I'm desperate for organization.

Aleta said...

What a neat idea! It's simple, easy to see, but not big mark. Cool!

Jennifer said...

Great idea. I would have never been able to come up with that. I completely over think everything.

Bridgett said...

BRILLIANT.

Sturgmom said...

Excellent idea! My boys are now so close to the same size that I will definitely be employing this idea! TFS!

McVal said...

To quote Bridgett, "BRILLIANT!"

Lisa said...

OK, first of all, thank you for commenting on my post!! Second, I am a born and bred Texan!! I don't live there anymore but I am surely proud to be a Texan!!
Thirdly, that is a great idea to label the shirts like that!! I have 4 kids and my two older girls are almost the same size...I think I'll use it on their underwear!! They are always getting mad about the wrong ones getting on their drawers....now a solution!!
Love your blog!!

Karen said...

What a simple solution! Blogging buddies are great.

lov said...

what a great idea!

April said...

Sounds like something I need to do for their running shorts... I have a girl and a boy but both their runnings shorts look the same.... Go Figure

Emily said...

That is a fabulous idea! Thanks for passing it along.

jori-o said...

Great idea! ::filing it away::

Wendy said...

That isn't boring; it is brilliant.

I have one boy & one girl, but it's a tip I can pass along....

alom_doank said...

hello friend!nice and good post thanks for sharing!!!

Vicki said...

That is a great idea! Problem is, if I need to do that to keep my daughters skirts off my son, then I have more problems than laundry sorting!