When the kids leave for kindergarten and pre-k in the morning, they can get their own coats and backpacks, and my totes have room to breathe.
Convincing my daughter to both put away her clean laundry and get out what she needs each morning was a major triumph in my life. But when you ask a child to put socks, camisoles, panties, and tights in the same big drawer, you’re asking for trouble.
No dresser is perfect for every stage of a child’s life, so my advice is to pick up a reasonably priced item that you can work with and make it what it needs to be for your needs at each stage. Emma’s dresser is a yard sale find that we painted to match her room, but it is made up of three large drawers. A 5 year old’s socks quickly get lost in such a huge space, but spending as much on a drawer organizer system as we spent on the entire dresser was out of the question. Instead, we use empty shoe boxes to create neat little compartments that separate the drawer’s inhabitants, making it easier for Emma to both put her clothes away and also find them in the morning.
What is the one space in your home that on the surface seems organized, but deep down drives you crazy?