For you Mama's with a family closet...We have a bedroom that is about 10x12 that we have been tossing around the idea of making it a family closet/pantry. Believe it or not, my laundry stays caught up for the most part. The issue that I'm running into is that the older girls (ages 13 & 10)who put the laundry away ALWAYS mix up clothes. We have 3 little girls and 3 boys that are all in similar sizes and it never fails that the clothes get mixed up and it drives me nuts! I don't always have time to stand there as they are putting away, so the issue is never ending. I have been taking on full laundry duty myself so as not to make life harder when its time to pick out clothes for the little ones. Here are some of the questions that I have.
How do you make it work? Do you color code hangers? Do you keep EVERYTHING in there from undergarments to socks to shoes? Do you have dressers in there as well? To make life easier for me, I hang up everything except pj's and undergarments & of course socks.
I would love to hear how you make yours work and if you have any pics, would love, love, love to see them. : )
We don't have a dedicated room because we don't have the spare space. What I've done is keep clothes organized by size, not by kid. I keep the extras in bins labeled by size, and then in their room each drawer has a dedicated size and all the clothes in the closet are grouped, starting with the smallest stuff on the left and working my way over. Then as stuff gets too small it gets switched out into the bins. So like right now Caleb and Noah are both in the 6-8 range, but Ethan is still in the 2 and 3ts so everything in between is in bins. If it fits, they wear it. I gave up trying to sort out exact shirt and pant owners, too much work for too short of a time because it's getting hand me downed anyway.
I only have three to keep track of, but they all share one room and I do all the laundry. The boys are in 5, 3, and 18m so the clothes are close enough in size to easily confuse but not close enough to fit more than one kid.
I keep between size clothes in boxes in their closet. The closet has small clothes at one end and large at the other. The primary way I keep laundry from getting confused is to give them each their own laundry basket in their room (I'd like to get one of those 3 bag laundry sorters). The older two each know which is their own basket and when they get undressed the clothes go in there. Each kid's laundry is washed separately so I know whose laundry I'm putting away.
I can't wait to hear about the family closet if anyone does one. What a neat idea.
For the sake of organization, my kids are color-coded (it's kind of a family tradition). They each got a handmade blankie at birth and that kind of settled their color. I think it helps because even a toddler can recognize a color. When organizing things I usually put their first initial or name in their color. They love that their dressers and beds have their names on them (and the carseats for when relatives help put them in the car). Last week I got bins to put near the door for their shoes and as soon as they were labeled the kids knew which was theirs. I wish I could say they put their shoes away, but mostly it means they know where to find them after I've put them away.
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I don't have a family closet, but we sort and fold laundry in our room and have a surface for each child's clothes. When they are folded, each child knows where their designated spot is and is to put away their own clothes. Thomas and Isaiah are basically the same size, so it doesn't really matter whose clothes go where. I've gotten a lot less uptight about that since Isaiah has been sick, because DH has been doing the lion's share of the laundry, and he really doesn't care whose clothes are whose. (I do draw the line when I see Patrick (size 10) trying to squeeze into Isaiah's clothes (size 6). lol.
Deb ................. DH Norm
DS Caleb, 13 ...... DS Patrick, 12
DS Isaiah, 8 ......... DS Thomas, 7
DD Cherish, 6....... DD Emily, 7\18\13 ....... Ripple, 17
William, 14 weeks, 4/11/12
I have 3 of these exact garment racks in our basement:
I also bought the extender bars ( b/c our family is that big and it also allows the little kids to reach their clothes).
On the ends of these racks i hung these ( bought them at garage sale and resale shops for cheap)
I have the hangers color coded as well as size coded. For example: DH is large green hangers, DS1 Large white, DS2 Large blue, etc...
Each hanging shelf stores socks and undies for each person in age order and by gender. I also have a huge table to sort things like washclothes, towels, etc...
This system has really helped and I am the main person doing laundry for the 12 of us. I would love another set of machines, but hopefully we can get that in our next house.
If you are going to buy the racks make sure they are made out of steel- no plastic or wood parts as they didn't last. It is worth it to spend a little extra.
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My SIL used the top racks shown by Asha for her 5 boys. Actually, the 5 boys were assigned laundry duty and even learned to iron!~
I personally used the 2 level bars Asha showed. No one in our house needed the full height...no ball gowns! So the 2 tiers were very useful and saved space. Never used it for shoes though. Basically shirts & tops above, jeans and slacks below.
We have a great laundry room now with a large island in the center and a special closet for blankets/sheets/towels etc. I store garden materials there as well.
We also have a kitchen pantry for canned goods - and that's where I stuff the vacuum and household products.
Leo (3 1/2) with Malcolm the cat
So far I still do all the laundry, then I seperate it and call the girls into the room to take and put away their own piles, I put everyone else's away, which isn't too bad since ds1 and DS 2 share a closet as do dh and I. Kids hangers are color coded 1 gets pink,2 gets white, 3 gets blue and 4 gets green. The girls have a 6 drawer dresser in their room so they each get a side with 3 drawers (underwear/socks/tights/swimsuits, pants, and pajamas), I'm hoping when the boys are a bit older we'll figure out how to fit a similar one in their room.
DD1- July 2004
DD2- April 2006
DS1- December 2009
DS2- August 2011