My children love to dress up in costumes. Hence, we have acquired a ton of them. Capes, hats, and tiaras are abundant for any child who wants to role play at my house, in addition to the full-body zip-up style costumes normally reserved for Halloween. It is possible that my kids have more dress-up clothes than regular play clothes. Once, I took pictures of the collection. I filled up this rug four times over to capture it all.
So how do you keep this kids stuff organized?
Costumes are some of the most rewarding hand-me-downs to pass along. Keep a revolving door approach to your collection and all the children involved will be pleased with the flow of new-to-them items. Hit the second-hand stores in October when they put their costumes out, and trade in too-small items for ones that fit this year. Better yet, organize a swap with a group of parents.
When my son was three, his grandmother gave him a huge plastic container with a lid labeled with adorable letter stickers reading “Julian’s Dress-Up Clothes”. She had half-filled it with items left over from her children’s dress up collection: a top hat from my sister’s dance show, an old tie of my dad’s, and a pair of clogs that my own grandparents had brought me from Holland when I was a child. Eventually we had to add more tubs and divvy the items into categories: Hats and masks; princess stuff; everything else. Now we have three tubs of costumes and accessories.
If your children do not have a full wardrobe of hanging clothes in their closets, placing a few bulky items on hangers will keep them from filling your other designated dress up space. My kids have some lower level closet rods where full-body costumes like the ones below are hanging.
If you’ve got wall space at your children’s eye level, install hooks that can hold dress-up clothes. Easy access increases the odds that kids will hang them back up after a dramatic play session.
Article By Whitney of Rookie Moms!
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