Plan out the week’s clothing on Sunday

Back to school time is almost here. In the coming weeks, parents and children will be fighting each morning about what younger children will wear. My daughter isn’t quite there yet, she’s only two, but we are planning on laying out the weeks clothes on Sunday. With the help of your child, you can make the Sunday night clothing ritual a regular routine. It will surely save you time each morning while getting your child ready for school.

The process of picking out the clothes can be tough, but there is an easy and child-centric way to store the week’s clothes in your child’s closet. The Kids’ Soft-Sided 6 Day Closet Organizer can help you and your little student get her clothes in order. You don’t need this organizer to get your child’s clothes in order for the week (it would be simple to make your own), but a designated system can help get the process to be a regular routine.

45 Comments for “Plan out the week’s clothing on Sunday”

  1. posted by Frances on

    OMG. Forget little kids – I need one of these for work!

  2. posted by Jack on

    This strikes me as being a unitasker…

  3. posted by Sylvain on

    What about the weather? You really mean that I can believe forecasts?

    This goes counter wise to my personal perception of how weather forecast works.

    Weather will break your plan. I’m sure :-)

  4. posted by Michele on

    Picking out clothes the night before is enough for us — maybe it’s my kid, but I think trying to figure out clothes for the entire week might cause more grief than the time it saves would be worth.

    Also, I remember my daughter going through a phase where she wanted to wear the same darn Hello Kitty shirt every single day. So funny. I ended up washing that shirt three or four times a week for a good year until she finally outgrew it.

  5. posted by timgray on

    A cheaper solution that does not require buying anything is to put red tags on hangars with the days of the week. hang each day in the closet and space with a marker hangar.

    Works great, removes a uni-tasker, takes up less space, and saves money.

  6. posted by user Umpteen on

    How about “choose the first shirt on the left, and the first pants that match” as a system? I try not to waste too much time on low level decisions like this (a simplified wardrobe helps) so why should my son be trained to focus on fashion?

  7. posted by Shay on

    Adults interested in these should be very wary. I bought one to use as storage when I went to college, and within less than a semester, the cardboard used as “shelves” had bent and buckled beyond use. These are just not meant to be filled with heavy adult clothing or shoes.

  8. posted by lukeb3000 on

    wow i’m not a kid but I love it, although im from the UK

    Does anyone know if Amazon.com ship to the UK or where I could purchase a similar product in the UK

    Thanks :)

  9. posted by L on

    I wish you guys would stop highlighting products to buy. Ultimately de-cluttering should, in my opinion, focus more on strategies and processes to optimize (reuse, reduce, recycle) what we already have and less on buying new consumer goods. Of course there are exceptions, but you’d have to do a lot of purchasing to keep up with this blog!

  10. posted by Stefan on

    OMG, talk about anal retentive. There’s a fine line between organized or uncluttered…and OCD. This one smacks of “trying too hard”

  11. posted by Fit Bottomed Girls on

    Do they make larger ones for adults? That thing could save me much time in the morning. lol.

  12. Avatar of Erin Doland

    posted by Erin Doland on

    @L — We’re NOT an anti-consumer website (we support smart consumerism). We also are NOT an activist site for environmentalists (although a more simple lifestyle often has a positive effect on the environment). We, as the name of our site says, are against clutter and promote simple living (not ascetic living).

    You can learn about our site philosophy on our About page and in our site’s official philosophy statement:

    http://unclutterer.com/2007/01/06/a-manifesto-on-simple-living/

    This has been the mission of the website since its inception and will continue to be the mission of this website.

  13. posted by Mags on

    For people not wanting to pay the $30 (£15) for this, IKEA and other home furnishings places sell plain ones which you could customise. The IKEA Skubb is £7 ($14). It only has five pockets but if you’re obsessing about clothing for work/school then that covers Monday-Friday and leaves the weekend free.

    I do think it’s a bit like having pants with the day of the week on, though.

  14. posted by Kat on

    I use a similar system for my son who is 4. I use a 10 section “shoe” holder (smaller holes) that is the same idea and only a few bucks. I make seven or eight outfits that match – shorts, shirt and underwear. Each day he chooses one set to wear and dresses himself. He would have disastrous “outfits” if I let him into his drawers. If it’s cold he knows where the long pants are and I let him pick a pair – and when he needs socks he gets them himself. AND I make the outfits as I fold laundry and put them in while I put things away – a streamlined process. During the school year I do the same for myself on Sunday – one outfit on each hanger including undergarments and accessories – ironed and ready to wear. I am NOT a morning person and this is the biggest help! (BTW – these organizers can be found anywhere – some with days of the week and some without, but I find the days to be too limiting and diminishes a child’s ability to make choices – even if it’s only a choice between the green outfit and the red one… And when your child grows out of this system the closet organizer can be moved anywhere in the house and repurposed)

  15. posted by Shalin on

    Wow – this totally takes me back! I didn’t have one of these, but my parents would spend time with me to figure out the weeks clothes on Sunday.

    I could use one of these for my life right now!

    Overall though – I seem to have a much better morning when I know I’ve already picked out what I’m going to wear the night before. Preparation – powerful stuff ;)

    –Shalin

  16. posted by nolamomma on

    We had a different system in my house when I was growing up. Uniforms. Say what you want about Catholic school, but that’s the way to go.

  17. posted by Amy Addison on

    LOL! We have a system similar to this for my son, only, um, well, he never wears all of “Tuesday’s” clothes on Tuesday (Or “Monday’s” on Monday, &c). He winds up picking and choosing from what’s in the daily buckets until, by the end of the week, he’ll have the weirdest clothing combinations because he’s dressing based on what’s left.

    So, it’s good in theory, and certainly keeps the number of clothing items in a child’s closet under control, but doesn’t always work as intended.

    To very humorous results some weeks.

  18. posted by jen at vickyandjen.com on

    I did the similar this past spring – check this out!
    http://vickyandjen.blogspot.com/2008/03/morning-madness.html
    Jen

  19. posted by Harris on

    WOW! Lots of negative comments. This is a good idea for so many people and these hanging shelves can go in any closet and hold games, toys, linens, etc. I even have one in my RV and it holds plenty.

    Thanks Matt!

  20. posted by Martha on

    It’s a great item in theory, but when it hangs in the closet, a younger child can’t reach the top holes. Ours ended up holding toys. I think it’s easier to pick out two outfits and let the child choose one.

  21. posted by Someone on

    The problem with this is, it requires knowing what the temperature is going to be several days in advance. How often is THAT possible?

    I frequently get myself in trouble by dressing for the PREVIOUS day’s temperature (rather than checking the forecast or stepping outside in the morning), and then sweating or freezing all day. This would compound that problem muchly.

    Might be helpful for someone in a climate that I’ve never lived in, but I can’t speak to that.

  22. posted by Matt on

    I use the Seth Brundell method of not having many different work clothes, and they all pretty much go together (IMO). This works so well I often forget that Friday is casual day, because I just pick the next shirt and trousers without thinking.

  23. posted by AEL on

    I don’t always do it, but when I pick out my work clothes on Sunday the week’s mornings are less rushed and I end up looking better. I pick combos that are different, I have good light to make sure the colors match well, and I can easily include things like scarves and jewelry that I don’t always bother with if I’m hurrying in the morning.

    I don’t use this type of organizer though, my clothes are too bulky and they’d wrinkle. Instead, I have a rack with knobs on the back of my door where I arrange the outfits, two to three hangars for each day, with the accessories draped over them. When I get up in the morning, I just grab the whole set and take it to the bathroom, no thinking needed.

    I know my general schedule for the week, so I can pick fancier outfits on days when I have lots of meetings, and more comfortable clothes on the days when I don’t or when I’ll be running errands. I work in an office, so the climate is always the same. To deal with the weather on the way to and from the bus, I just choose an appropriate jacket if needed, and the right shoes (I only have a few pairs in neutral colors and I keep them by the door, so it’s fast to pick them out).

  24. posted by Julia on

    AEL – I recently started doing something similar: On Sunday and Tuesday evenings, I make sure I have outfits ready for the next 2-3 workdays. Everything is pressed, assembled, and hung in the closet.

    I’m not a clotheshound by any means, but I hate staring at a closet when the coffee just isn’t working. Since my office is climate-controlled, I don’t worry much about the weather.

    It sounds stupid; I am 48 years old and just figured this out?? But my mornings are easier because of it.

  25. posted by Sue on

    I feel blessed for having a 15 YO son who is NOT a fashionista–clean jeans + clean T shirt = happy kid on time for the bus!

  26. posted by Suzanne on

    Kat and I are twin moms. :-)

    Since my son and daughter were 2 years old, I have used a method that is almost exactly like hers: a 10 section clear plastic shoe pouch with a matched top & bottom put into each pouch when laundry is put away. And, since my kids are taught that everyone takes care of the home, they are the ones putting the clothes in the pouch.

    The holder hangs on the bottom rod in their closet and is easily reachable. Each school day, or anytime they needed to be in nice clothes on the weekend, they choose what they want to wear (no day of the week assignments here!), including choosing their own socks, shoes and sweater/sweatshirt/jacket, if needed (underwear are changed before bed), and dress themselves. On the weekend, they grab play clothes from a drawer and pick whatever they want to wear…so they get to pick out the favorite shirt and favorite pants that in no way match each other, except in their mind, LOL.

    I finally caught up to my growing kids’ abilities. Last year, at the age of 5, I stopped making matches for my son and he began choosing his own shirt and pant/shorts from the ones hanging in his closet. His pouch is now an organizer that holds things like lego sets, each in a ziploc bag, and other toys.

  27. posted by Michael @ Awareness * Connection on

    I use these for clothes and sheets. This is almost like creating “next actions” for outfits. Cool idea. This would make a lot of sense for using with my 8 year old daughter.

  28. posted by kirsty on

    I just wanted to say *Thanks to Kat* for the idea of setting up full outfits for a child to choose between. I didn’t see much use in the original post but the slightly tweaked concept is definitely something we can put into practice to unclutter my daughter’s wardrobe!

  29. posted by Kat on

    I’m glad I could make suggestions that Suzanne and Kirsty can use. Here are few extra thoughts on the subject:
    * One of the reasons I have my son’s outfits ready is to diminish the “go get dressed” problem. He wakes up long before anyone else in the house and one of the choices for using this time (he can’t come out of his room until his nightlight goes off – which is on a timer) is getting dressed. There is no TV until he has his clothes on (often backwards) and has had breakfast so he is motivated and I don’t have to nag.
    * As for being a little guy, he has a step stool in his room that he moves around for almost everything – I never even suggested it – but he will reach whatever he wants. The top cubby of the organizer holds the gallon size ziploc bags that we use (and reuse) when we travel or when he stays at my mom’s – one outfit per bag, just like home!

  30. posted by Leslie on

    I like the idea in general – it’d sure help if I ironed my clothes on Sunday and had them ready; then maybe I’d stop having to find something else to wear because I don’t have time to iron in the morning. Or maybe I should just stop buying clothes that require ironing. :)

    It would have to have some modifications for weather, even if you planned by the forecast – we literally had one day this summer when it was hot and sunny in the morning and by the time we left work it was snowing!

    But overall I like it. Sometimes during the week, I even run out of time to get things ready the night before. And I’m sure there are things you could reuse/recycle to make a similar system without buying that particular organizer.

  31. posted by Suzanne on

    “I’m glad I could make suggestions that Suzanne and Kirsty can use”….Kat, you must have been distracted while reading my post because I said that I’ve been doing it this way for over 4 years. ;-)

  32. posted by Amanda on

    I totally do this.

    Sunday afternoon I take a look at the next week’s schedule and figure out if there are days where I have to look more presentable than others (e.g. a suit). I take a look at the weather, and then put outfits together. Admittedly, I go a little extreme – bags, shoes etc.

    Everything is ironed and the night before I just look at my list and fish what I’m going to wear the next day out of my closet. I have to tell you it’s helped a ton, particularly because I usually get dressed before my first cup of coffee.

  33. posted by Karen the Californian on

    To Shay: to minimize the buckling of the cheap cardboard shelves, you can get some cedar boards the right size and use those instead. Bonus benefit is that cedar is naturally moth-repellent!

  34. posted by Deb on

    Thanks for a great idea about the cedar boards, Karen!

    Kat, I try to do the same thing with my wardrobe. In a perfect world everything in the closet would fit and match well. Until then, I have to get it ready the night before to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions. After dressing in the dark one too many times and getting 40 miles down the road with one black and one purple shoe on, I learned to set it out the night before.

  35. posted by Nyota47 on

    What worked with my two daughters when they were small was to hang complete outfits on hangers and let them pick a hangar. As they were born 12 month apart, they often insisted on dressing alike but it was their decision each morning. We dealt with weather by having layers available at the front door – raincoat, sweater, vest, rainboots, whatever.

  36. posted by C. Raybourn on

    I agree with nolamomma about the uniforms. Just bought my girls theirs today. One less thing to worry about in the morning. I’d wear a uniform if I thought I could get away with it.

  37. posted by S on

    I remember when I was a kid I just grabbed a shirt, skirt, and leggings and ran out the door. I didn’t care if it matched, although it normally did since my entire wardrobe was (and still is) all hot pink and black. When I got older it was always a t-shirt and jeans. Simplify the process by buying alot of the same thing that match.

    My little brother’s closet was super organized and they picked out his outfits way ahead of time for him and he wore it. I would have thrown a hissy fit if my mom tried to tell me what to wear or made me plan ahead. I think every kid is different though. It’s a good idea for ones that don’t mind you planning ahead with them, but not for a rebel like me who wore “Thursday” underdrawers and hair clips (oh how I miss the hair clips that said the day of the week!) on Monday ;)

  38. posted by plasticturtle on

    Having four little ones in school, this works very well and is a great time saver. If we do not have the clothes picked out, the kids take longer to get ready and sometimes get picky about what they are to wear. If the clothes are picked out ahead of time, the tend to just grab and go. :-)

  39. posted by Sian on

    Thank God we had school uniforms-I can’t imagine how my parents would’ve coped getting 3 girls ready for school otherwise!

  40. posted by Mike on

    Do american kids go naked on Sundays? Or do they just wear shoes?

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    posted by Erin Doland on

    @Mike — Awesome.

  42. posted by HistoricStitcher on

    My son wears a uniform for school (required). We hang all his uniform clothes in the closet, and all he has to do is pull out a shirt and a bottoms the night before. SO much easier than wearing “fashionable” clothes to school!!!

    Nothing else hangs in his closet except uniforms, and all uniforms, including knit tops and sweaters, hang in the closet. Makes it easier for me to keep tabs on the condition and numbers of his clothes, too. So simple.

  43. posted by P on

    For those that rent their homes, you can’t put in a customized closet and drill holes. So sweater shelves (much like this picture but bigger for adult’s clothes) are a real space-saver and answer for the rented closet. Rental units typically have no space for shelving (they just have places for hangers). So instead of buying all this bulky furniture for the bedroom, I put in my sweater shelves. They are from Target, and have a neutral color, and allow plenty of space for sweaters, undies, socks, etc. And I just collapse them and take them to the next apartment when I move. No need to move a big dresser, and a move spacious looking bedroom too!

  44. posted by Susan on

    This is a GREAT idea!
    I used to do the same thing when I worked impossible morning lab-work-night-school hours.
    And as for the weather- if you need to re-configure everything you’re wearing to allow a temperature change up or down-it’s your wardrobe planning in general that needs tweaking. Kids or adults, tights, long johns, warmer socks, cardigans and turtlenecks in colors that go with whatever you’re wearing can accommodate the weather changes and still let you plan outfits ahead.

  45. posted by Belva on

    Like other posters, we all started out with school uniforms (English public schools). All we needed were clean shirts, socks and underwear and we were set. When we moved back to the States, my mother was big on laying out clothes the night before (and, eventually having us lay out our clothes) – she would absolutely have loved a system like this!

    My current system is much like Matt’s – pretty much all of my work clothes mix and match, and I go to the next skirt or pair of pants and add a shirt or top. If it’s a meeting day, I throw on a jacket.

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