Does anyone else ever feel completely overwhelmed by kids clothing? Between my children’s constant growth patterns, the constant stream of dirty clothes, and the small size of their clothes which disguises the quantity of clothes there really are, I feel like it’s a battle to wrangle those suckers into organization submission. The first 2 years of life alone feel like a constant rotation of new clothes due to growth and the seasons changing- not to mention the hand-me downs that are thrown into this mix.
I’ll be honest, kids clothes still overwhelm me at times, but I have discovered a few tricks to organize kids clothing that give me a leg up in the kid clothing battle. Here are five ways to organize your kids clothing and take back a little more sanity in your life (not all of it- because well, welcome to Motherhood). Make sure you read to the end because I’m hosting a GIVEAWAY!
1. Divide Clothes into Categories
Here are the categories I divided my kids clothing into:
Once you have everything categorized, you will be able to evaluate how much your child has of each item. For example, when I organized a few months ago, Selah had 20 pair of legging pants. While legging are great and amazing, does she need 20 pairs?…um no! I usually go by the rule of 7 when I’m in doubt. I allow 7 of each item so that way if I wanted to, I could dress her in leggings for a week straight. Wondering how I narrowed her 20 pairs down to 7? Pick your favorites first. Don’t think “What do I need to eliminate?” Think, “What do I want to keep?” If 7 won’t work for you, that’s fine. Do what is best for you and your kiddos.
Ok now that you have categorized and reduced your categories to manageable numbers (which will fit way better in their drawers by the way) we can move onto my second tip.
2. Learn How to Fold Their Clothes More Efficiently
A few weeks ago I posted how to fold adult tee shirts in drawers. Well shocker, I use that for all kids clothing too. This fold allows you to see all of their clothing while keeping it neat and organized. Here is how I organize both Judah and Selah’s folded clothing.
In a recent post, I showed you all of my favorite IKEA buys. These cubes are one of my favorites; we use them as Judah’s dresser. One of the reasons I love using this for him vs a traditional dresser like Selah has, is it allows him to select his own clothes every day (ok sometimes this backfires on me) and put away his clothes. Because everything is organized by category and folded so he can see all that is available to him, he is able to do a better job of keeping everything in it’s place. When Selah is older I will transition her over to this same system.
3. Get Too Small and Next Season Baskets
I keep two baskets at the top of each child’s closet. The Too Small basket contains clothes that have become too small. Depending on the brand, clothes that are the “same size” vary a ton, which is why I never rely on a tag to tell me if something is too small. I always try it on my child to double check. When I notice somethings has become too small (sometimes kids grow overnight like weeds, I swear!) I immediately put it in the Too Small basket where it can either be saved for storage later or donated to someone else.
The Next Season basket contains clothes that will be upcoming for the next season. This is often a combination of new clothes that I have purchased or bigger sizes I’ve received in hand me downs that are waiting to be worn for the next season. It also contains items from a past season that I suspect will still fit the following year. Two weeks ago, I cleaned out my kids’ winter clothes. I put both kids’ winter coats in the Next Season Basket along with other sweaters and long sleeved shirts I believe will fit for Fall.
4. Be Ruthless with Hand-Me Downs and Store Purchases
The easiest way to stay organized and not feel overwhelmed in your home is to simply reduce your stuff. The more stuff you bring in, the more stuff you have to deal with and manage on a daily basis. I am blessed to receive hand-me down clothes from friends who generously give me what their children aren’t using anymore. This is such a money saver, and I’m so thankful for their kindness and generosity. However, just because something is given to you as a gift DOES NOT mean you have to keep it. I am ruthless when it comes to hand me downs. I select only what I truly love out of the piles and know that I will dress my children in. If something has a stain, gone. If something is heavily worn, see ya! Or even if I just flat out don’t like something, gasp!, I put it in the donation pile.
I have also taken this ruthless approach to my shopping for kids clothes. The item has to be darn near perfect for me to buy it. Just because something is on sale does not mean that you need it in your house. I have fallen for the red sales tag ploy so many times in the past. Now I’m done with that. If something I want is on sale, great! That’s a win. However, if something is on sale and I only kind of want it, well I just gave away my money and space in my home to something that probably shouldn’t be there in the first place.
5. Buy Clothes that Coordinate
Have you ever walked into a kids store and realized they are having a crazy sale? This has happened to me a few times, and I can still feel the euphoria rising in my chest just thinking back on it. When kids clothing items are down to $1 or $2 an item, that’s hard to beat. When this happens I use it as an opportunity to essentially create a capsule wardrobe for my kids in 1-2 sizes larger for future use. The great thing about buying several items from one store is they will all most likely coordinate naturally. This will help you reduce the quantity of clothes your child needs because you can mix and match so many items. Here is an example of a sale I ran into at one of my favorite kids’ stores Crazy 8. Just so you know they aren’t paying me for this post, I just really like them.
Speaking of items I really like, I was sent a free pair these beautiful indoor shoes to try out from YourSkips. These soft-soled shoes are perfect for indoors on both hard and soft surfaces. The best part about them beside their cuteness- they are machine washable! They come in a variety of colors and sizes which was perfect for acquiring a pair to match Selah’s capsule wardrobe. By the way, remember that G I V E A W A Y I mentioned at the beginning? Well, if you hop over to my Instagram account @jessharnessinghappy you can enter to win a pair of Skips for your Little! Check out their website www.yourskips.com to see all the beautiful colors, sizes, and styles.
Take back your children’s closet and spend some time doing things you ACTUALLY want to be doing! How do you manage the mountain of kids clothes? What are your favorite tips and tricks?
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