Yeah, yeah, I'm freaky about organization. What can I say, it makes me happy. If the squeals are anything to go by, it makes Ro and Ree happy too.
Here's what we did:
1. I bought this clear-plastic, over-the-door shoe holder:
2. I spread it out on the table and handed the girls all of the grimy, ripped, disorganized ziploc bags of hair stuff that we used to throw haphazardly in a big 'ole basket.
3. I told the girls to separate the mess into colors while I pulled out the "basic" stuff like black barrettes and plain rubberbands. Oh man, they thought this was the best game ever. I think they even liked it more than playing Crazy Eights, and that's saying a lot.
4. We hung our new hair center inside the downstairs coat closet and all danced and squealed, it was just that awesome.
The girls LOVE being able to pick out their own hair accessories now. They stand in front of the organizer and chit chat with each other about their various options and argue about the pros and cons of each choice. And they hop and grin and laugh the whole time. It's adorable.
I put a brush, comb, and water bottle at the top, then basics on the next row (the stuff I use underneath any hairdo), then headbands and miscellaneous multicolored stuff on the next two rows, then the last three rows (the ones that the girls can easily reach) are all of their fun hair accessories sorted by color. (Um, yeah, we're a little heavy on the pink and yellow, those colors have two pockets each. Go figure.)
Fun fun fun.
PS: I got the idea to do this from Stephe a long time ago (at least I think it was her, I can't find it on her blog now)—thanks Stephe!