But my closet looks like this now:
I didn't take a before picture of the closet, but this is what my pyjamas/stuff drawer still looks like, so you can extrapolate from that:
|See? Even the stuff I'm getting rid of is greens and dark reds.|
I got Dash to try on about twenty pairs of trousers, took away a few, and ascertained that my six-and-a-half-year-old still has 5T-length legs, just about, though his hips have grown out of the slimmest-fitting pants. Since he also refuses to wear any shirts that come below about mid-fly (because they might look like dresses and people might think he's a girl, yaknow), he doesn't need anything new.
(No photo because his room is dark like a man-cave, and his stuff is all stashed in drawers that don't make nice pictures.)
Her clothes are in IKEA dividers (like this) that are supposed to separate things within drawers. When we moved in here, I had no dresser for Mabel and wasn't using these metal shelves for anything, so we stuck them in her closet and I found the dividers handy (since her clothes were still practically baby things that took up so little space). But her clothes still don't take up much space individually, and though I'm always on the lookout for a small white chest of drawers for her room, this system works fine for now. From the top, L-R, they hold pyjamas, socks, leggings, long-sleeved tops, capris/long shorts, t-shirts, underpants, bottoms/pants, and skirts/dresses that aren't hanging up. There are some chunky sweaters in the basket at the very bottom. The top shelf is a mess of hand-me-down shoes that don't fit yet and summer clothes awaiting sorting.
I could do with another box for the tights stashed on the top left, and I should think about bringing all the upper stuff down so that she can reach it more easily. She needs more dresses, especially since she's lately become very partial to them; I'm working on that and have enlisted e-Bay. I was very disappointed to miss a really good local used-children's-clothing sale last weekend, and I'll miss our local clothing swap next weekend, so my opportunities for snagging the perfect thing are reduced to the thrift store (always there) and the nursery-school yard sale in a few more weeks' time. And the clearance racks at Old Navy, Target, and Gap, of course.
In case you were wondering, this is what the other side of Mabel's closet looks like:
Personally, I'm just pleased that I'm the sort of person who uses a semicolon when labelling a box of clothes. I think it says something about me, don't you? Yes. Well.