This year we’re running with the mantra One Step at a Time. We’re tackling tons of little tasks and making small changes that will hopefully add up to help us reach our big goals for the year. Taking it one step at a time keeps us from getting overwhelmed, and we’ve been getting a ton done as a result. We’re working on a bunch of steps simultaneously all the time, but we wait until we’re done until we share it with you.
Step 5 is about tackling our play clothes situation. Dressing up was a big part of my childhood: we had a big trash barrel full of crazy costumes and clothes, mostly from garage sales. My Aunt Beth (who is 5 years my elder) and I spent so much time in those clothes imaging crazy scenarios; it’s no wonder both of us were very involved in theater at some point in our lives. I want to encourage our kids to use their imaginations in the same way.
Eliza’s building up her play clothes stash, which is made mostly of Princess gowns thanks to her army of grandmothers excited to have their first granddaughter. When Eliza switched rooms a few months ago, the play clothes did not come to her new room with her. The problem with the big barrel way of doing things is that you must dump out everything to find anything, which just encourages a perpetual mess (#firstworldproblem, we know). We wanted a more organized (and prettier) solution.
We have a free bookshelf, which was a display piece for K & Company, that came apart in two pieces. It got wobbly and unsafe, so we were going to throw it out. Then we realized that just the bottom half was wobbly–the top half was still useful!
Lightbulb of brilliance: we grabbed the curtain rod from Eliza’s old bedroom windows (it’s the kind that you twist to elongate), put it on top of the top piece of the bookcase, and started hanging dresses.
Not everything fit, so we put her less bulky outfits and her accessories in a basket in the bottom of the shelf.
Add a little art and project done! We might go a little further and paint the bookshelf later or sand it and put an “A” for Anderson over the “K”, but it’ll work for now.
And–magic–Eliza spent a lot of time playing with the play clothes this weekend and she hung them up when she was done!!!! I think the faux wardrobe made it more fun. I’ll bet she was pretending to be Belle.
What would your one step be right now?