Thursday, May 5, 2011

The Most Brilliant Idea You'll Hear Today

This is a repost from 2009. But I thought it was so brilliant and I wanted to share it again! You're Welcome!! :-)

Clothes Sorting (originally posted August 2009)

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!

Texan Mama


GunDiva said...

That is brilliant!

Jennifer said...

That is really, really smart.

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El/e/Mrs. Seaman) said...

I'm going to go home and start marking my clothes and Brad's. need.

But what works for you will certainly help other moms of many!


Gigi said...

I remember this post and thinking it was a brilliant idea! Too bad I can't utilize it.

Pam said...

I wish I'd known this when I shared a ski cabin w/ my siblings. Our kids ranged in age with a span of 10 years and so the equipment and clothing got passed along. We had a large bureau and each drawer was loosely designated a "size" but it was never very accurate.