Welcome to my world of organization. I want to inspire you to get organized by sharing with you how, why, and where to even start. This week: KIDS CLOTHES.
Organizing kids clothes can be quite the challenge. My kids are constantly outgrowing their clothes. They are leaving their clothes everywhere (please tell me I am not the only one!). I need to get on top of my kids clothes before they take over my house. Are you all with me?
The first step in organizing kids clothes is to dump them all on the floor. I really need to examine each article of clothing to decide what is working, what needs to be saved, and what can be sold or donated.
LET’S GET STARTED!
Pick a kid and start weeding through.
First, make piles all around you. Start with two piles: what fits and what does not fit.
Once you have all the clothes sorted in to those two piles, start with the “does not fit” pile. Go through and decide what from this pile you need to save for a younger sibling, what can be sold, and what can be donated. We have now further divided the “does not fit” pile into save, sell, and donate.
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Now move onto the clothes that do fit. Go through and make sure that your child enjoys wearing these clothes. I know some items, such as church clothes, may not be as popular, but necessary. When I went through my daughter’s closet, I noticed many items that she was not wearing. I asked her why she did not like these items, took it into consideration, and ended up putting most of it for sale on Totspot. Her closet is much less cluttered! Once you know what you want to keep, divide this pile into things they can wear now and things that they will need later. I like to put all the seasonal items high on shelves in their closet folded. That way if the weather is crazy I can easily grab a pair of shorts or pants and not have to go digging for them. Fold each seasonal item using the KonMari folding method and place high out of reach, but easily accessible.
For the clothes that do fit and are in season, divide into categories. For us, this is pants, shirts, church shirts, underwear, and pajamas. I then fold each item using the KonMari method and decide where I will store. This is in drawers in FL and on the closet shelves in Kansas City. Here are some pictures of the closets in Kansas City.
The Big Boys:
The Little Boys:
The KonMari folding truly makes everything accessible. They can find what they need or want without having to end up with a pile of clothes on the floor!
For pajamas, I went through and made sure we had matching sets. Anything that was not a matching set was donated. This really cleaned up their pajamas drawer and makes finding matches much easier.
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Recap: we have gone through the things that do not fit, the things that fit that are seasonal, and the things that fit that the children need right now (see how much more complicated the kids clothes are!).
Now let’s decide what to do with the clothes we will be saving for the siblings. I keep the clothes that I am saving in rubbermaid containers with lids. I label the front with a sticker that tells me if it is for a boy or a girl and the size. This makes it easy to grab the next container for the next size. When my son grows into the next size of clothing, I go through the container before putting it into his closet and make sure it is items worthy of saving. The best way to cut down on the clutter is to be sure we are only keeping things that spark joy. Only keeping the clothes that our children enjoy wearing and that we enjoy seeing them wear.
Once you have completed one kiddo, time to move onto the next. By keeping the seasonal items up high and KonMari folding the rest, I have seen a complete transformation in storing my kid’s clothes. I also have decided to hang their collared church shirts so they stay unwrinkled and do not end up again on the floor.
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Check out our first four challenges.
Challenge #1: Catch All Baskets
Challenge #2: Our Journey with the KonMari Method Begins with Shirts
Challenge #3: Organizing Shoes and Pants
Chellenge #4: Organizing Accessories