Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Organizing Children's Clothing

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:

0-3 months,
3-6 months,
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!


  1. Love it! This is how I organize my son's old clothes.

  2. This is exactly how I organize clothes, right down to shoes!! I still do panic a bit when it comes to switching out clothes for summer, but it sure is better than what it was!

  3. I'm jealous - your tubs match and have labels! ;)

  4. I second Nina's comment! I have such a hodgepodge of bins and they used to be labeled, but they aren't clear so I taped the cards to the outside and after moving and such the labels have fallen off. I really need to re-do everything. You are an inspiration!