Me: "Who has the best seat in the house, me or daddy?"

Adam: "Well, Daddy's is nice, but yours is best. Your's is squishier."

Monday, January 27, 2014

Banes, Pains and Praying for Rain

On my mission in Costa Rica, I noticed rather quickly the interesting "style" women, the Ticas, had when it came to dress.  I soon understood that the reason women would pair, say, a checkered top, wherein the checkers were cheetah print, and a floral print skirt with a striped ruffle -cough, urp...oh, I threw up into my mouth a little there- was that they weren't choosing an "outfit", they were choosing their favorite clothing items; best skirt, most loved top, and just happening to wear them all on the same day.  They actually had nothing to do with each other, and only had in common that they were special to the wearer.

Keep that in mind as you embark with me on the following ramblefest.

#1. I love baby clothes.
#2.  I also hate baby clothes.
#3.  Organization is my motivation.
#4. Organization is my downfall.

Okay, let us begin with #'s 1 and 2.  Baby clothes are the adorable bane of my existence.  There are so many, the sizes are ambiguous at best (yeah, right, those two items are both 3-6 month sizes, only one is twice as big as the other).  The things that look like they won't fit for two more months are what she should be wearing now, but it doesn't occur to me to try them on her until the last possible day they might fit her.  I have too many things that fit her this week, and next week there is almost nothing and we are putting her in the same thing over and over.  I can't part with any of them; baby clothes are like an extension of my actual baby.  It utterly breaks my heart to give them away.
Hence, #'s 1 and 2.

Okay, on to #'s 3 and 4...
I must get organized, yet I struggle.  Lather, rinse, repeat.  

Oh, there's a #5:
My big girls are like two fashion-challenged, color blind drunkards when it comes to clothing choices.
They put together the nastiest and most NOT matching outfits this side of Central America.

So here is my little solution for the moment.  
We'll see how much I like the "new system" a month or two from now.

Here's the BEFORE:

This is what Natalie's drawers look like most of the time.  I always wanted little girls to dress in cute clothes,
 but I am seldom the person who actually does the dressing.  The big girls fight over who dresses Natalie each morning, rummaging through the clothes, leaving a drawer of destruction in their wake.

And the AFTER:

I made little bundles, each a complete matching outfit, all rubber banded together.
The girls are not allowed to mix-n'-not-match.

So for a whole week the baby has NOT looked like a tiny Tica.
Now to attack the big girls closet.  How big do rubber bands come?

Please pray for rain for California.  The nearby lake/local water source is down to 18% full, or empty, rather, and looking more like a muddy flatland.   We have only had 3-5 inches of rain since June (the usual total for December or January is about 3-4 inches).  It is the worst drought in recorded history here.  We are being rationed on water and Sacramento residents are being asked to cut our usage by 20% and not water out of doors.  We need divine intervention here.



Lorraine said...

I think you have a creative solution. But I would eventually like an update on how it really works out. Does it break down over time? There are all kinds of interesting questions.

Laine said...

I will try to update this in a few months, Lorraine. Because I cloth diaper with All-in-one diapers that have a few parts, and I sit down twice a week after washing them, it really feels a lot like the same thing. It's nice to have better feelings towards the whole thing.

I even took it one step further in putting the clean outfits in the back of the drawer and having the girls pull every day from the front. This way I am rotating through ALL of the outfits. And I have a little bowl on my dresser for the used rubber bands, so that has been working nicely.

Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. Let me know if you also have a blog, as I would love to visit it!

Erica said...

Esper's shown interest in dressing herself lately so she's been showing up to her school with pants on backwards, multiple skirts, skirts with jeans, you name it. I love it. I will be really sad when the kids are at that age wear they notice and tease. Life is so great when you're three!