Since baby was born two things I’ve been keeping a very close eye on are this toys and his clothes. Both of them have the potential to get out of control, and as someone who really likes to keep things simple and minimal, I keep a very close eye on what I have, keep and use.
I cannot handle clutter. Especially since I got really, really sick last year. It’s even more important to me now to try and maintain a certain order and simplicity to everything. So I have a very strict set of rules before the clothes even get into the drawer.
- Are they easy to put on? This rule is one I’m brutal with. I don’t care how cute it looks, if it makes me want to scream at 3am while I’m sleep-deprived and in pain, that thing is going in the donation basket.
- Once it’s folded does it take more than one row up in the drawer? I give myself a little leeway here since some items like grows or vests are used a lot more than jumpers or trousers, but in general, I try to keep to one row.
- One drawer per age group. Because baby is such an enormous boy (an 8-month-old wearing 18-month-old clothes) these can have quite big jump between each draw, but so far I should be able to keep everything from 0 months up to 3 years old just in this chest of drawers. And if he ever has a sibling I’ll already have the perfect capsule wardrobe ready.
- Label each drawer. This might seem really excessive, but it makes it really easy for any friends or family who might be helping to know exactly where everything is. It also makes it easier for my sleep-deprived brain to remember where I should put things.