Post-its + Sharpie = Help My Children Put Away Their Own Clothes

Recently, after spending a good portion of my day doing copious amounts laundry, I devised a simple, yet effective way to get my kids to put away the stacks of freshly clean clothes. Armed with a stack of post-its and a black sharpie pen, I labeled each dresser drawer with the corresponding clothes item (and I drew a little picture to go with each word).

Here's why it works:

  • My kids learn independence
  • Helps hone their sorting skills
  • Helps my new reader learn words
  • Helps my emerging reader with letter recognition
  • Post-its are temporary-perfect for dresser drawers that always seem to be in transition
  • They know where every clothes item is and where it goes
  • One item off my to-do list
  • My kids love it!


  1. Cute idea, Michelle. I may have to borrow it - my little guy begs to help, but always puts it in the wrong place or all in one drawer. I hate to discourage the help, so this may be a fun solution.

  2. Great idea!

    And too funny about the "needing it for hubby" comment. SO true!

  3. This is a fantastic idea. I am going to do this right now!

  4. Hmm, this might actually work for mine.

  5. Wow! What a clever idea!

  6. Love this! Not so much for my girls but more for my hubby. Maybe things will end up where they are supposed too...lol

  7. i just purchased white knobs to paint on... for this same purpose.. I was going to draw socks... undies.. so funny... great minds are always thinking alike

  8. This is so funny! I did the same thing last weekend. I was clearing out the summer clothes and organizing the winter clothes and decided to label the drawers while I was at it :)

  9. Love this! I'll remember when it's time. :)

  10. There is a company out there that makes labels for drawers for exactly this purpose. I just came across them while looking for xmas ideas for my kiddos and thought they were so cute. They'd make a cute gift! If you're interested, I could try to remember where I found them!