Now that the rest of Frida’s room is working well for her, I thought it was high time that I finally organised her closet space into something more Montessori-inspired.
Because we don’t have the space in our home for a dedicated playroom, Frida’s room doubles as her main play-space (well, actually it is only a play-space at the moment as she is still sleeping with us! We will move her soon… Maybe).
For this reason, I didn’t want to take up precious wall space with her clothes when she already has a big built in wardrobe. However, as it was previously organised, the space was doing nothing to aid her independence, and I noticed it often fell into disorder. It needed a change!
After thinking about it, I decided to add a Trofast unit (my favourite IKEA item – we already have two) to the bottom of the wardrobe. I created labels for each item of clothing with pictures as well as words, so that Frida can independently see what is in each drawer. Because it’s low down, Frida can see everything clearly.
On the left of the unit there are a few dresses hanging which I thought would be in danger of creasing, and her coats, shoes, hats and leg warmers are in the hallway, but apart from that everything fits in one unit very neatly.
(The clothing hanging on the top rail out of Frida’s reach is all in the next size up – I tend to buy Frida’s clothes in the sales and then stash them for the appropriate season, in order to buy better quality and more ethical clothing for her.)
For her pyjamas, I added a “night time” symbol to remind her that these are clothes we need at night.
I hope that this new system will support Frida’s growing independence in choosing her clothes and dressing herself. We are currently going through a stage of Frida not particularly wanting to get dressed, so my instinct is to try and give her as much control over the dressing process as possible.
I folded everything “Kon-Mari” style so that Frida can see at a glance what is in each drawer, hopefully minimising frustration and dumping out clothes.
The space isn’t quite finished – I want to add a few photos of Frida wearing different outfits and a basket with a hairbrush, and I also want to hang a mirror on the inside of the wardrobe door (there is already a full-length mirror hanging in her room but it is on the other side). I also want to add some handles lower down so Frida can open the doors by herself.
How are your toddler’s clothes organised? Do you have any tips to aid independent dressing?