Everyone knows what Konmari-ing is by now, don’t they? I’m usually last to any party, so I assume if I know about it you do too, but just in case…
This book, The Joy of Tidying it’s called, or something like that, has been popular lately in certain housewife circles. (I run with a wild crowd, I tell you.) In it, simplicity guru Marie Kondo advises you that if you throw out everything that doesn’t spark joy within you, and then fold everything else just so, your life will be perfect from then on.
I haven’t done any of it, to be honest, or even read the book, or even leafed through the book, but I’ve read people talking about it on the Internet and that’s a perfectly good qualification for all that I’m about to tell you. I did feel very smug when it turned out I’d been folding and storing my knickers á la MarieK all this time, and a couple of days ago while Mabel was in the bath I decided to fold Dash’s t-shirts and long-sleeved tops so he could see them better in his drawer.
I didn’t know he cared how his t-shirts were arrayed, but it turns out he loves it like this. The rightmost column are short sleeved and the other two are long, which helps him find things. He usually wears the same three tops out of all these, but maybe now that he can see them better he’ll pull in a bit more variety and/or I can toss out some that we both hate.
Spurred on, I went and did Mabel’s too. Normally in the morning I choose her clothes just to move us along a bit quicker, but I’d really like her to take more responsibility for this. Sometimes I try to get her to do it herself, or help me things out the night before, but she’s usually just not that into it; though she’ll have Opinions if I suggest something she disagrees with. (Purple is mostly off the table at the moment.)
Thing is, getting dressed in girl clothes is hard. There are a lot more decisions than just top + pants, especially if jeans aren’t really your thing. It occurred to me that maybe what’s stopping her is also the idea that she’ll get it wrong. So last night we made a little chart to pin up beside her newly-arranged tops and bottoms and skirts and dresses and leggings and tights and knickers and socks.
It doesn’t cover every eventuality (for instance, don’t put on socks if you already have tights on), but I think it might help. And I should have put the far right column first, probably. If you wanted to, you could also colour-code the little symbols on the clothes containers to match the items on the flowchart. Or you could let your child colour in the poster. But you get the idea. Infinitely customizable; just try to keep it fairly simple.
(Sorry the photos are a bit dark. I waited for daylight, but now it’s raining.)
In a few years, we might move on to phase two. It looks like this: