I’d like to welcome Jenny from DIYparenting to the blog today. I absolutely love the organizing solution she has come up with to manage all her kid’s clothing. Thanks Jenny!
Kids grow up so fast, don’t they? They quickly graduate from baby food to real meals, eager to eat us out of house and home. Just as quickly they mature past the age of Diego and trade in their silly stuffed animals for hand-held gaming systems. And who could forget that they outgrow their clothing faster than we can keep up with the laundry.
The organizing junkie within me doesn’t want to settle until I’ve found the perfect way to organize my children’s clothing. I try large plastic tubs, huge zipping plastic bags, I even try using plastic drawer systems. Weeks go by and the house– namely the kids’ rooms and laundry room– are a disaster. Too… much… clothing. Must… seek… help.
I’m sure you’ve all been there– knee deep in outgrown clothing. And, truth be told, there is no perfect way to organize this mess. So what are you left to do? Give it your best shot! And in the event that you would enjoy further advice from me– a busy SAHM who forever aspires to be overly organized but has never truly been– here’s how I handle the heaps of clothing in every size imaginable:
I have several large plastic shelving units purchased from Target or Kmart on sale for about $25 each. On top of those shelves go cardboard (i.e. cheap) boxes from the dollar store.
Each box gets labeled with size of clothing and gender. The reason it is helpful to put these boxes on shelves is because then I can easily access any box at any time without having to move a whole big stack. The cardboard boxes I have are small but I’ve also seen them about twice as large, which would work great too! I keep the shelves in my walk-in attic space upstairs. If you don’t have this luxury, consider using your laundry room, basement or an extra large closet.
Although I have yet to implement it because I am in the process of reorganizing my laundry room, I plan on keeping one large plastic tub with a lid in my laundry room. This tub will be designated the “outgrown container” and all freshly washed clothing that is too small will be placed in there. When the container is full, that is my queue to haul it on upstairs to the attic to be categorized and stored, ready to be used by my next little rascal.
Conquering the clothing clutter may seem like a never-ending battle. Try not to get overwhelmed! Establish a system that works for you and your family and stick with it. Each season of life brings unique challenges and organizing clothing understandably may not be your top priority right then and there. And that’s okay. If you have to take a break from organizing the outgrown-ware, do so and then, when things settle down, set aside some time to pick up where you left off. Don’t be too hard on yourself. You’ll get there!
Is this an area you struggle with? Do you think this system could work for you?
Jenny Schick is a blogger at DIYparenting, a blog that is dedicated to serving the stay-at-home parent of the past, present and future. They’re committed to offering encouragement, wit and wisdom through the journey of parenthood. Jenny lives with her husband and three children in Pennsylvania.