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October Closet Cleanout

“I’ll probably wear that this Fall…” but it’s been in my closet for 4 years and I haven’t worn it since before baby #3.

“I might wear that next Summer…” even though I didn’t wear it ONCE this summer.

“What if I need that if I go somewhere fancy?” …when do I ever go somewhere fancy?

This is what goes through my mind every time I think about getting rid of a piece of clothing.  I’ve tried the backwards hanger trick. I’ve pulled things out of the closet for garage sales, but had second thoughts as I was putting it out for the sale. I’ve moved twice and while I got rid of a few items, I have SEVERAL of the same clothes I had from when I lived in an apartment in 2007.

So I’m taking a stand against hoarding clothes! I loved my September decluttering calendar so much that I made one for October – this time, targeting my unnecessary amount of clothes.

Grab the freebie below (or screenshot it on your phone!) and join me. We start tomorrow!

October Closet Cleanout

Morning Routine Chart for Kids

“Why are you just sitting there?”

“It’s the same routine every morning!”

“Have you brushed your teeth?”

“Has she brushed her teeth?”

“Comb her hair while I get her dressed.”

“Here, just let me do it!”

“Ugh, now we’re going to be late!”

Sound familiar? It’s the morning rush at our house, and I’m sure many of you can relate whether you have one child or four.  My husband and I are both home in the morning, so you would think getting our four kids ready to walk out the door would be a breeze.

Not so.

Not even close.

One daughter may be sitting on the floor, still in their pajamas 5 minutes before we need to leave.

Another will hate every outfit we picked out on Sunday.

The third is probably refusing to brush her teeth.

And the fourth, that sweet little baby, is in the middle of it all wondering what kind of family she was born into.

After many frustrating mornings of “Girls, we do the same 4 things every morning: clothes, hair, teeth, shoes”, Mom morphed into Teacher Mom. (Sometimes John thinks I’m too teacher-y,  but hey, it pays off in certain situations!)

They need a behavior chart, Teacher Mom thought. So in no more than 2 minutes, I whipped up the simplest, easy to follow morning routine chart for my girls.

They do not get a prize for completing these items because they are expectations. Their natural consequence is that they get extra time to do whatever they want in the morning if they are ready early.

After completing each task, the girls check it off with a dry erase marker. (I put it in a sheet protector. You could easily laminate it as well.) I honestly don’t care what order they follow as long as all 4 things are checked off.  So simple even my 3-year-old-at-the-time could handle it.

Now I’m not saying our mornings are perfect, but there is more order and less Mom and Dad bossing them around.

Click either picture to download your own copy!!  (You will get both versions.)

   

UPDATE: I have been asked to customize charts. Head here for more information!

I would love to hear how you organize your morning with your kiddos!