Saturday, January 09, 2010

do you know how much time I spend looking for matching socks?

A lot.  Too much.  And pants, and undershirts, and that's just for Alex--I won't even get started on finding an outfit for myself.  My problem isn't having clean clothes, it's having folded clothes, and I've always been this way, and I know I need to work on it, but that's a new year's resolution for 2011.

This year, I resolve to have Alex's clothes ready the night before.

stack of clothes

Originally, I had planned to sew a drawstring bag for every weekday, and to fill them all on Sunday nights.  Might still do that.  Bags (rather than a spot on a chair) because sometimes we get dressed downstairs, after breakfast--easy to lug.  But a bag with a T for starters, because not only can it represent Tuesday or Thursday if I do make the set, but right now, it can also stand for tomorrow...get it?  I knew you would.

(It also doesn't hurt that Alex's favorite letter is T.  He spots Ts everywhere we go...on signs, in arrangements (like if two pretzels fell into a T shape), even on our doors.  Eagle eye, that one.)

T door

And so, I give you The Tomorrow Bag.  I pushed to finish it during the naptime after a particularly "hectic" morning, which may have resulted in conversations held in a sterner tone that I usually prefer to use.  When I got myself together, we had a talk about independence as it relates to getting dressed, three-year-old style.  And about sleeping in a little bit later, please, it will make Mommy less grumpy, but I don't think that part really sunk in.  To drive it home, I pulled out this book at bedtime, still in heavy rotation even though we're 2-months-plus past Halloween. And when we read the last line (covered by chubby little fingers here: a costume for tomorrow):

curious george

we looked over at his tomorrow bag, filled and hung ready on the closet door,

bag on door

 and I think the connection was made.

Tutorial in the sidebar.


  1. Oh, my goodness. I have the SAME problem with the unfolded and un-put-away laundry. Your bag is a great idea!

  2. Thanks! So far so good around to tackle the rest of the pile!

  3. What a good idea. Maybe one bag is all you need for now.

  4. We do a "tomorrow box" (a plastic dishpan for each kiddo) but I think I like the idea of a bag even better! Thanks for posting this...

  5. This is exactly what I need for my yr old! I have the same issues with not having folded clothes or clothes that are put away. I can also never find her matching shoes or a comb for her...Great idea!

  6. I'm SO making these in 3 different colors for my 3 little ones. I always am missing socks or panties for someone! Thanks for an AWESOME idea!!

  7. So glad to hear that I'm not the only one who struggles with this. I seem to have friends who have really organized laundry systems and a lot of discipline. Or maybe they just put everything away before I come over!


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