Organizing children’s clothes can sometimes be a challenge because kids are rapidly changing sizes. Many parents are unsure of what to do with outgrown clothing, or where to store clothes the child has not yet grown into yet. Setting up an organized system makes it easier to managing hand-me-downs, and have access to clothing that currently fits your child.
10 Tips to Organize Children’s Clothes
1.Sort through closets and dressers to declutter at least every 6 months or seasonally, or after a significant growth spurt.
2. Determine which clothing should be kept for hand-me-downs (if needed) or what should be sold, consigned, donated to charity, or given to a friend or family member.
3. For the clothing that you are keeping, store hand-me-down clothing in lidded bins in a climate controlled area, such as the top shelf of a child’s closet, or in an extra closet inside your home.
4. Label all hand-me-down bins by size and gender.
5. Create additional containers for “too big” clothing, and store those in a separate labeled container in your child’s room, an upper closet shelf or under the bed box.
6. Wash, dry and price the items you’d like to sell on consignment. If you are participating in a consignment sale, schedule a time on your calendar well before the sale to prepare the clothing items.
7. If you are holding onto clothing indefinitely for sentimental reasons, please store those in labeled acid-free boxes in a climate controlled area. Try to limit the amount of sentimental clothing you save to the number of items that will reasonably fit in the storage area you’ve chosen.
8. If you have multiple children, you may want to add labeled tags, or symbols for each child on the tag such as a colored dot, initials, or embroidered thread to signify which child the item belongs to. For example, for a family with 3 children, the parents may use 1 dot on a clothing tag for the oldest, 2 dots for the middle child, and 3 dots to represent that the youngest child is now wearing that clothing item.
9. If you have children sharing a closet or would like to sort hanging clothing by size, I suggest using closet rod dividers.
10. Store clothing items that currently fit your child within easy reach. Once your child is old enough to get dressed on his or her own, it is helpful if clothing is stored low enough for the child to reach. If possible, place currently worn clothing in lower drawers, shelves, or cubbies, or add a low closet rod for your child’s items.
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Janet Barclay says
I don’t know if they’re still available, but I remember seeing a label pack with clothing sizes on them and thinking they’d be perfect for parents who save items from one child for the younger one(s), so they can keep track of what they have on hand.
Nancy Haworth says
A product like that is a wonderful idea! Thanks for commenting!
Janet Schiesl says
I like to put an empty box in kid’s closets for when they put something on and decide that it doesn’t fit anymore. They can put it away without assistance from parents.
Nancy Haworth says
That’s a great idea, Janet!