Your child will feel like a life-size paper doll as she stands before the mirror and "tries on" different tops and bottoms with this simple-to-make outfit planner.
Once she's decided on the perfect look, she can leave the garments hanging on the planner's mini clotheslines, ready for the morning rush. Accessories are all within reach, thanks to adhesive-backed hooks and cleverly repurposed kitchen items, such as a tea tin and a grocery-bag holder.Download Clothes Calls Template
For the door: Securely attach a full-length mirror to the closet door at a height that works well for your child. We used adhesive-backed picture-hanging strips, included with our mirror (Melannco mirror, $20 at Bed Bath & Beyond).
On both sides of the mirror frame, mark your child's shoulder and waist levels. At these spots, adhere four adhesive-backed hooks, sticking them on the frame or just outside, on the door. Tie and knot loops at both ends of two 30-inch shoelaces. Slip the loops onto the hooks and clip a pair of clothespins to each line.
Add adhesive-backed hooks for hair ties and necklaces, then repurpose a few items from around the house as organizers for other accessories and grooming gear. Using picture-hanging strips, mount the items within your child's reach, where they won't interfere with the door's functioning.
We used a tea tin as a holder for a hairbrush and headbands, a grocery-bag holder ($3 at Ikea) for corralling socks, and cork coasters (8 for $8 at Bed Bath & Beyond) for pinning up jewelry and a love note from Mom.
For the floor: Tame those piles of sandals and sneakers by giving each child a plastic utility caddy (ours was $10 at Target). Then kids can gather their wayward shoes from around the house and tuck the holders into their closets. If you like, personalize each caddy with letters cut from adhesive-backed felt. Keep an extra caddy by your home's entry for stowing flip-flops in summer and slippers in winter.
For the clothes rod: Divide and conquer your family's hanging clothes with these fun tags. Made from plastic jugs, they're especially useful for shared closets. Your kids can decorate the tags with cool clothing pics clipped from magazines or catalogs. To start, download the template above and cut it out (or draw a 3- by 6-inch oval, trace a hanger hook to size the hole, and cut out the oval). Cut a flat section from the side of a clean water or milk jug and adhere it to a sheet of adhesive-backed felt. On the plastic side, trace the template. Cut out the tag, then make a slit for slipping it onto the rod. Write a label on the plastic side in permanent marker. Use double-sided tape to add a magazine photo of clothing.