Organisation Shortcuts…

(…save my back and my sanity.)

There are several areas of the house I’ve been wanting to get organised before the baby comes. Because, frankly, organisation seems like a frivolous use of time when there’s a newborn around.

Some of this has been going well – I cleared out my under-desk fabric stash a couple of weeks ago.

One area that I’ve been a bit stressed about is all the kids/baby clothes that no longer fit (and some that will fit the kids next season – we get given a lot of hand-me-downs!). They are all in different boxes and bags, some labelled and some not, and stacked in no particular order.

See, not particularly messy, just a bit chaotic. And the thing that’s been stressing me out is that I will soon need these clothes again for the baby. Which was giving me visions of having to pull everything out and go sorting through it all each time the baby has a growth spurt.

Now, the proper, Pinterest-approved way to organise these clothes would be to get cute, matching tubs, coordinating labels and then stack the tubs in the order of sizing. Like this:

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Doing it right. From here.

But honestly, I’m in no condition to be pulling everything out at this point either, even if it is to get it reorganised.

So, this morning I grabbed pen and paper, and my handy label-maker and made an inventory of which clothes are in which bags/boxes, and where they are located. I also labelled anything that hadn’t yet been labelled as I went.

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Some of the tubs were stacked so that the labels weren’t visible, so in those cases I just had an educated guess about what was inside, but noted it down with a question mark.

So not much has really changed in the physical situation of all those kids clothes (just the addition of a few labels), but making this inventory now means I can relax about finding clothes as the baby needs them. Having this list down on paper is a short cut for having the boxes all in order.

What I needed to achieve was being able to access the clothes I need, when I need them. And I have done that, even if it doesn’t look that pretty.

Sometimes in home-making, good enough really is good enough.