Crafty Ways to Best Organize Baby Clothes
Some families spend $10,000 or more on their baby’s first 12 months.
Are you drowning in a sea of mini socks and outgrown onesies? It’s time to get organized!
Kids grow so fast and collect a shocking amount of clothes as they move through various sizes lightning quick.
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Not to mention, family and friends love to shower your little one with clothes, shoes, and accessories. It can quickly add up to be an excessive amount.
You may be holding on to items that don’t fit for future kids you may have. Or you may want to keep items for their sentimental value. Don’t worry, we won’t tell you to purge it all.
Read on for a list of tips to help you organize baby clothes once and for all!
Here’s How to Best Organize Baby Clothes
Take Stock Of What You Have
No matter how many kids you have, or what the age of your baby is, this is the most important tip.
Yes, this is daunting and may seem like you are going in the wrong direction, but it’s absolutely necessary.
Take everything out of the closet, drawers, totes, and bins. Lay it all on the floor and start sorting.
Make one pile for items that are outgrown and another for items that are damaged. Make other piles for each age category you have. Make a pile for 0-3 months, 6-12 months and so on.
Once you have your piles, take stock. You may well find that your outgrown pile is largest of them all.
The Damaged Items
Next, go through your damaged pile.
You may notice that there are items that are beyond repair. They could be extensively stained or have a huge rip. Don’t overthink this.
Toss those items straight into a garbage bag. Don’t even consider moving them to the consignment pile! Remember, the new owners won’t have any sentimental attachments to these items, so as much as you loved that monkey on the bum of your baby, the poop stain is undesirable for the new owners.
In future, to avoid having to do a big re-stock, just get in the habit of tossing damaged items in the bin as you go.
Next, start going through your outgrown pile. See if some of those items belong in the trash.
Now you need to consider what to do with this pile. If you plan on having more children, you may want to save these items for the next one. If so, purchase a durable tote and store the items in there.
No need to keep this tote in baby’s room. Go ahead and store these bins in the garage or basement.
Tip: as your baby grows, keep a small shopping bag handy to toss in items that no longer fit.
Regularly make a trip to the garage or basement and add these items to your tote bin.
Now that you only have items that are in good condition and fit (or will fit later) in baby’s room, it’s time to organize!
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Organize Baby Clothes by Size
No matter which method you use to organize baby clothes, it is essential that you sort by size.
You will save yourself a lot of time when dressing baby this way. Keep items that baby fits into now at the front. Put larger sizes at the back.
Some people prefer to keep clothes that don’t fit yet tucked away in a box in the closet. A word of caution: you may forget that you have those items and think you need to buy clothes.
We suggest using the closet to hang clothes that don’t yet fit. You can make simple closet dividers that will help you organize baby clothes at a glance.
Plus, it makes it a lot easier to pick out clothes when your child is a different size on top than the bottom!
Maximize your Closet
The good thing about baby clothes is that they are very small. Take advantage of that by installing double bars in the closet.
When your baby is little, you may even be able to fit 3 bars for hanging clothes.
If you don’t want to bust out the drill, simple tension rods will work just as well.
Use Closet Doors
If your closet has a proper door, take advantage of that and make it work.
You can use a shoe organizer on the inside of the closet drawer to organize baby clothes such as cloth diapers, hair accessories or shoes. Onesies and bibs are also excellent sizes to tuck into a mesh shoe organizer.
Use Hanging Baskets
This is such a great way to organize baby clothes. Hang a few dollar store baskets on cup hooks from your closet shelf. They’re great for storing undies, swimsuits, hair accessories and more.
Use Drawer Organizers
You absolutely must use drawer organizers if you have cupboards in baby’s room.
Drawer organizers make it easy to organize baby clothes. You can have dividers to keep pajamas, socks, tights, and onesies separate. Some people like to sort by fabric. Soft pants in one section, jeans in another.
Either way, drawer organizers help prevent the inside of baby’s drawer from looking like you just dumped the laundry in and ran away.
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Use Mesh Laundry Bags
Speaking of laundry, where do baby socks disappear too? They are such a small item that either gets eaten by the dryer vent or falls behind the machine.
Keep track of your baby socks by purchasing a mesh laundry bag. Throw in baby’s socks and pantyhose inside and voila! No more lost socks.
Once you have your system in place, keep it up. It is easier to maintain than to start from the beginning down the road.
As baby gets older, adapt your system to their larger clothes. This may involve removing one of the closet rods.
You may feel quite nostalgic as you organize baby clothes, but remember the memories are not in the clothes – they are inside you and your child.
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