My littlest man is now nearing 15 months and I have just done a full clear out of his wardrobe to get ready for summer. Here I’ve outlined some of my tips for organising baby clothes including how to store clothes your baby has outgrown and ideas for keeping clothes organised in the cupboard.
Tip 1: Sort and organise
The first step in organising baby clothes is to go through and sort everything. Divide it out by size and season, keeping only what fits and is in season. Put anything that is stained or damaged in a separate pile to see if you can mend it later. If it’s beyond repair pop it in the rubbish.
Be ruthless here. With my first son I kept almost everything as they all had memories attached and I thought I would use them for our next baby. Even though we went on to have a second son, the reality is that most things have ended up being unsuitable. Either they are the wrong size and season or my tastes have changed and I’m not so keen on them any more! My advice here would be to keep only your absolute favourites and sell or donate the rest!
Tip 2: Store outgrown or out of season clothes
Once you’ve taken out any clothes that have been outgrown or are the wrong season you now need a system for storing these clothes. If you aren’t keeping any, you can pass them to charity and skip to the next tip!
I personally store by size and then by season in big plastic tubs (you can pick them up for a few dollars in Kmart or similar). Split your tub in two (winter/summer) and then fold and put away all outgrown clothes into the relevant tub by size. You may need to group some clothes such as 0000 & 000 if you don’t have enough to fill a full tub. Make sure all clothes are completely clean and stain free before popping them in the tubs as they may sit in there for a couple of years! Once you are done, label each tub and pop into storage (the top of the cupboard, under the cot or bed, in the roof or under the house will all work!)
Tip 3: Decide on a system for clothes in the wardrobe
Working out how to store clothes in your kids wardrobes is essential in keeping them tidy. Ultimately it is up to you to decide what will work best for your family but consider whether you want to group by style (such as shorts, jumpsuits etc) or perhaps by purpose (everyday clothes, “good” clothes etc). Grouping some things by purpose (such as all the swimming stuff) makes most sense to me but I otherwise sort by style.
For my bub I have:
- Jumpsuits, all in ones & singlets
- Swimming stuff & hats
- Warm stuff (in summer as I don’t have a lot out and it is easier to keep it together)
- Bibs & socks
For my preschooler I have:
- Shoes & socks
- Singlets & undies
- Swimming & hats
- Tops (long)
- Tops (short)
- Bottoms (long)
- Bottoms (short)
- Shirts (hung)
- Preschool clothes (because they get trashed!)
Tip 4: Think vertical
Rather than stacking all the clothes on top of each other, I try to fold and store them in a line (so you can see everything). Basically you “stack” them in a line rather than on top of each other. This works best for shallow drawers because with deep drawers you end up with a lot of wasted space on top.
Tip 5: Label
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you probably already know I’m a pretty big labelling fan. This extends to kids wardrobes! Label the drawers/shelves with what is in them so that when you are putting stuff away (or other household members are!) it is easy to know what goes where. You can also put little pictures or drawings so your kids can get involved as they get older. Having the words there will also help with early reading and encourages kids to start being more independent. You can download some free labels to print and use here.