Every morning we get 4 kids, aged 4 through 15, out the door by 7 am.
It’s not easy. Particularly for the littler ones, aged 4 & 7.
They’d be happy to dress themselves daily. But I’m not so sure the school wants to see them in Mario PJ bottoms that are two sizes too small and a rashguard. None of us are particularly fashion inspired in the am. We’re too groggy to figure it out. We’re lucky if we check the weather and don’t wear shorts on a frigid rainy day.
Pre-planning outfits is my secret weapon and time saver for my boys. I always have outfits matched and ready to go in their closets.
Once a month (or so) I lay all their clothes out on the bed.
I stack short sleeve tees.
I stack long sleeve tees
I stack shorts.
I stack pants.
And then I start putting the looks together. I hang my 4 year old’s outfits on plastic “clippy” hangers. I use the same hangers for my 7 year olds shorts outfits. I use a tubular hanger for the 7 year old’s pants outfits so that they can fold over ( his pants are too long for the closet spacing if I clip at the waistband).
I sort of enjoy the zen of making suits. I like knowing that they will use all their clothes, that they can dress themselves without my worrying about what that looks like on school days. The closet full of outfits makes me happy. Them too. They know they can choose something that is weather appropriate, and not have to dig through the drawers, asking if this is ok, looking for that… This monthly exercise also helps me weed out what’s outgrown and what needs repair.
Making outfits has been a morning lifesaver for us. It’s a little thing, but I thought I’d share! Next up… Shoes! There’s a lot of too small and beat up pairs that have got to go.