Girl 1’s room used to be a complete disaster most of the time.
We would send her into her room to get her pajamas on and put her clothes away.
She’d come back, twenty minutes later, vaguely disoriented and still in her clothes.
She would have trouble finding her pajamas in all the mess and then forget what she went in there for.
If she did find and put on her pajamas, she would leave her clothes on the floor or, at best, piled on top of the dresser in her closet.
(At age 5, Girl 1 hasn’t been diagnosed with ADHD, and she may never be. But she displays many of the symptoms, so ADHD-geared solutions are really helpful for her.)
I really wish I had taken a more representative “before” picture. It was 3 times worse on a regular basis.
Our pitfalls were
1. Too many clothes that she didn’t wear, mixed in with the few pieces she did wear,
2. Dress-up clothes perpetually out of the bin and on the floor, mixing in with her regular clothes,
3. An antique dresser with drawers that were hard to open and shut, and
4. A closet bar too high for her to reach.
Inspired by Organizing Solutions for People With ADHD, we revamped the closet, culled through the clothes (storing some of it in bins in another closet), and moved the dress-up clothes to little sister’s room.
We (and by we I mean Pat) installed a Rubbermaid custom closet organizer. It’s nifty because you buy a certain size range (4′-8′ in our case) and you can adjust it to fit any sized closet within the range.
It is a huge thing for Girl 1 to be able to hang up her own dresses. She really takes pride in it. (Thank you, Montessori school, for teaching her to hang things on a clothes hanger!) She even insists on hanging up her nightgown.
Also key are these Sterilite stacking, open-front bins. (3 for 5 bucks at Walmart.) So-ho-ho much better than sticky dresser drawers. She can see where everything goes and doesn’t have to go through the additional steps of opening and closing drawers.
She was so proud of her “new” closet and eager to put her clothes away. The newness has worn off a bit now, but she’s still able and generally willing to put her things away with a gentle reminder (or two). She is far from being a neat freak but she can appreciate the niceness of having her room tidy.
We keep the toys and books in the living room and the basement, so Girl 1’s room stays serene and (mostly) clutter free.
Now to figure out little sister’s room . . . .
I’ll link up tomorrow, for the first time, with We Are That Family for Works For Me Wednesday.