The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Emily R. at My Love For Words.
Last month, I simplified my kids’ closet by creating capsule wardrobes, and I’m excited to say their closet looks as pretty today as it did the day I finished that project. That’s a miraculous feat in this house! Unfortunately, it left me with another project to tackle… organizing kids clothes for storage.
We have four children so hand me downs are just a way of life around here. Most of our kids clothes fall into two categories: still in great condition or worn out beyond repair. Extremely worn out pieces get tossed, but those that are still in pretty good condition end up going into storage until the next little one is big enough to wear them. In the past, I’ve thrown pieces in storage bins, but I’ve been bad about labeling them, which means by the time another child could wear them I usually have no idea where they are. That always leaves me wondering why I’m bothering to keep these things in the first place? I finally decided it was time to sort and label our hand me downs so they can be put to good use. I made these free printable labels so I know what’s in each container without digging through them. I made labels to identify boys and girls clothing and left a blank rectangle so the size(s) can be written on them. I also made content cards so I can record which pieces are inside and how many there are of each. These will be particularly handy if you’re storing special or sentimental pieces you want to be able to easily find down the road.
Here are the labels in action!
I can’t wait to get all of these clothes sorted and nicely arranged in our storage room. Being able to see where the items are is going to be a huge time saver as the kids grow up, and the labels also make the storage look pretty and purposefully organized. Click here to get your own copy. **For increased durability, it would probably be a good idea to either laminate these labels or store them in clear, plastic envelopes. I want to say a big thanks again to Laura for having me, and I’d love to know if you use hand me downs in your home? What are your favorite ways to store or label them?
Emily is a wife and stay-at-home mom to her four children. She’s currently sharing the good, bad, and ugly in her journey to creating an organized and decluttered home on her blog My Love for Words. She also shares recipes, crafts, home decor ideas, and thoughts on life and motherhood. When she isn’t blogging, she can be found reading, cooking, or homeschooling her kids.