Annabelle is at that fun stage where she enjoys helping me do things. For instance, she seems to have a blast each morning helping me make the bed by dragging decorative pillows bigger than she is over to me. She’s a big fan of putting her dirty clothes in her hamper…her clothes are usually quickly followed by her shoes, her toys and any other loose items she can find. But her hands-down favorite thing to do is to help me close things. The refrigerator door, a closet, a drawer, she’s not picky. She doesn’t even seem to take notice of whether or not you are ready to close something, she’s just that focused on helping. So I decided to take advantage of this desire to help.
This is our hallway coat closet.
Nothing fancy, just coats and a basket for each of us containing scarves, gloves, hats, that kind of thing.
I thought it would be great if I put up some hooks on the inside of the door “Annabelle level” so she could hang up her own coat. Besides wanting to help, the girl is obsessed with coats. For some reason, she adores them. She is constantly grabbing her coat and saying, “Coat! On! Please!” It’s pretty typical to see her running around the house with her coat over her pajamas. What can I say? She knows what she likes.
Anyway, I bought these little decorative hooks at Target. They are supposed to remove cleanly, which I thought would be nice if I ever wanted to move the hooks up as she got taller and her coats got longer. I decided to hang up two hooks on the inside of the closet door.
This past winter she had a little coat hanging on each hook.
Now that it’s nice out, she has a her spring jackets hanging at her level.
We now have a little routine. When we come in I say, “Ok, let’s go hang up your coat.” She marches over to the closet, opens the door, and tries (sometimes successfully, sometimes not) to hang her coat up on the little hook. I have to say, it’s pretty freakin’ adorable. And the little hooks with her tiny coats hanging on them? Well, they just make me smile.