This is what my stored children's clothing used to look like:
This is what it looks like now:
A couple of months ago I pulled up every box and bag of children's clothing and piled it in the living room. It took a few days, but I went through it all. After having three girls and rummaging through the clothes numerous times to find swimsuits, store out of season clothes, look for a snowsuit, etc, it had all jumbled into a big mess. Now I have a big tub for each size of clothing.
The tubs are labeled with an index card taped to the inside:
6-12 months summer,
6-12 months winter,
12-18 months summer,
12-18 months winter,
24 months/ 2T summer,
24 months/ 2T winter,
3T summer, and so on.
The bag on top is all of our swimsuits and swim diapers. As I store clothing I'll continue with my system of having a summer and winter box for each size. For now the shoes are all in a big tub together since we don't have too many of those yet.
I cannot even tell you what a relief this is to have organized! Every season I would dread changing out the clothing. I would think about it for weeks and had such a hard time finding the right clothing for everyone. Now all I have to do is find the right box. Organizing like this even allowed me to give away several big boxes of clothing to moms in need. Although if we have a boy someday I guess I would need to have double the amount of boxes!