Monday, March 19, 2012

Organizing Clothes for Children

I love switching out Gracie's clothes! It's like Christmas getting to see the clothes I've acquired!
As soon as I found out I was having a girl, I started collecting clothes for her.  I found some really cute clothes from Goodwill and garage sales.  We were also given many beautiful clothes at our baby showers (along with 25+ baby blankets, but that's a different story).

During her first year, I concentrated on getting clothing for the next year or so but if I found some really good deals on larger sizes, I got those as well.  I keep her clothes in gray rubbermaid-type boxes.  In general, they are sorted like this:  newborn/0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months, 12-18 months, 18 months - 2T, 3T (current size), and 4T+.

At first, I used smaller boxes, but switched them out for larger boxes as our collection grew.  I did have them ALL (dangerously) piled up in Gracie's closet, but after we built our garage and Robert put an attic/loft above the garage, I was able to put most of them up there.  Currently, I have just the 18-months - 2T box and the 3T box in her closet.  The 18 months - 2T box will be able to be stored by summer, most likely.  The 3T box just has winter clothes in it for next fall/winter.

Because clothing are not all sized uniformly, I have some split between two boxes.  For example, some 12 month clothes can be worn at 9 months, so I put them in the 9-12 months box; others, I put in the 12-18 months box.

Rather than writing on the boxes, I wrote the sizes on a piece of copy paper and taped it to the top of the box.  That way, it's easy to relabel the boxes.

Another thing I do to make things easier is I hang a shopping bag from a hanger and put it in Gracie's closet and use that to put "too big" clothes (that I buy on sale or at thrift stores or garage sales or that people give me).  I hang another one for "too small" clothes to put the clothes that she outgrows.

When it's time to switch out clothes, I grab everything from her dresser drawers and closet and put it on my bed.  I also get out the gray boxes and the hanging shopping bags.  I sort all of these clothes according to sizes and put the smaller clothes in the appropriate box.  Lastly, I open up the next size and sort those according to type (church clothes, play clothes, dressy casual, jammies, etc.).  That way I can tell if I'm lacking in any categories or if I need to find something that matches a shirt or a skirt.  This time, I'm happy to say that I really don't need much to fill in.  I haven't checked all of her shirts and skirts, but I think I will be able to put most of them together into outfits.
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