It is an on-going compulsion of mine to keep organising, though it never seems that everything is organised all at the same time. I have been making new files, binders, lists, charts, etc. since September, and I have again put the fire on since the start of this year to continue the quest.
One strange thing about me is that though my desk top may be messy with papers (someday, it too, will evolve), my head feels so much better knowing the drawers are organised. And this goes for the rest of the cupboards and closets as well. I just sleep better at night knowing things are where they should be! I like to have things folded the same, stacked by type and colour (so it’s easy to find what you are looking for – I call it logic). If you know where something is, then you can save time and stress by not having to search for your favourite pair of socks, or the cozy sweater.
My penchant for order may be slowly rubbing off on Tristan as this week he announced to me he was going to clear up his sock and underwear box. He did a great job, taking out items that had holes or were too small, and folding and rolling the remaining items neatly back to where they belonged. Then he said he wanted to do his whole wardrobe! WOW! How could a mother argue with this?
Since Tristan was interested in organising his wardrobe on his own, I thought it might help him continue the process if we labelled the shelves so that he would know what was meant to be where. To do this I opened a word document and inserted a table. Into each box I inserted some clip art included with the program and typed the item below it. This gives both visual clues, and allows Tristan to see the word for the clothing as well. He’s becoming more interested in learning to read words and this will help him to either sound out the words or memorise them as sight words. Each child learns in a different way, and this is good for either style. After printing this chart on card stock, I cut out the labels and laminated them for durability. You can see my first attempt at them here: Closet organising tags
I asked Tristan to do one shelf at a time in case he ‘ran out of steam’ to complete the job. He pulled all the clothing items off one shelf, folded each item neatly on his own (I think he does a great job for a four-year-old), and then carefully stacked the same time of items into piles. Short-sleeved shirts together, Long-sleeved shirts together, sweaters together, etc. Organising at it’s finest!
Here he is showing me how he folds his clothes.
He does a better job than his daddy (just don’t tell his daddy that!)
Tristan put some white-tak onto the back of each label and stuck them onto his shelves so that he will know where he can find his clothes when he’s choosing his outfit of the day, and where he should put his clothes after they have been washed.
In the end, he did do the whole cupboard on his own! A pretty good job for a Friday afternoon, I’d say!
He’s very proud of his work, as he should be. I’m hoping that his will give him some encouragement to be more responsible for his own space. He has worked hard to make this his own organised area of tranquillity. My mom said sarcastically she ‘wonders where he got that from?’ But I don’t mind if it keeps the house in order!
Now that I know Tristan can do such a good job folding clothes and putting them away he’ll be sure to get called on when it comes time to fold and put away the laundry!
Now…if only I could get him to pick up his toys and put them away so neatly…