Lilah will turn 3 later this summer and has been able to dress herself for a long time now. The only issue is that unless I strictly watch what she picks out, she tends to dress herself in PJs 24/7! This sometimes results in needless tension on days when we actually have someplace to go!
Recently I cleaned out her closet and added a few systems to help prevent the round-the-clock pajama issue while giving her as much independence as possible in choosing her outfits.
I added several plastic drawer bins to her closet that weren’t being utilized well in my craft room. In this one with 4 drawers, I put summer socks, winter socks, panties, and bathing suits.
In these seven drawers, I put one complete outfit in each drawer.
I put a mix of some skirt & shirt combos, some dresses, and some shorts & shirt combos. If there are any go-along accessories, I throw those in, too.
She can choose which outfit she wants to wear on a particular day. All I have to do is restock the drawers every few days…minimally once per week.
This has been working really well for us! Clothes haven’t been pulled off shelves and left all over the closet floor, and Lilah isn’t on permanent pajama day any more! She’ll pop out of her room proudly announcing, “I got dressed all by myself,” and neither of us could be happier!
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