It seems like you just brought your baby home and she is already growing out of the newborn clothing. Where do these articles of clothes end up? In a grocery bag on the floor? In a pile at the bottom of the basement stairs? Our little ones are going to grow out of everything you put on their little bodies and faster than you can wrestle a wiggly arm into a sleeve. Being the miserly smart parents we are, do you have a plan for those to little clothes?
5 ways to keep clothing organized as your kids out grow them.
1. Place an open container in a closet or under the bed. This allows you to quickly place out grown clothing before moving to longer-term storage.
2. When the bin is full, transfer clothes to a Rubbermaid bin and mark the outside with the sex and size of the clothes.
3. Be sure to toss any articles that are stained or worn.
4. I know we occasionally get clothes that we don’t care for. If you don’t feel obligated for your child to wear them, place in a separate donate bin.
5. You bins should be labeled something like this,
Newborn to 3months
Be sure to purchase several bins that are clear and the same size. This will make it easier for you to stack and see what is in there. Little socks and bibs can be stored together in a lingerie bag, since they tend to get lost in the shuffle. A plastic bag does not breath and tends to smell after awhile.
Some of the benefits for keeping out grown clothing organized.
- Allow you to quickly set up for a garage sale. Did you know that kids clothing is a hot commodity? A great way to make some extra cash.
- Easy access when saving the clothing for hand me downs.
- You will always be able to see what you have. (The bins work great for clothing that are to big right now)
This simple but useful system works for any age. Hmmm, what else would work with this system? Toys? Your clothing? Household items you no longer need or want? This list can go on and on, but for now concentrate on all those clothes that seem to only get worn once because our children grow so fast. Enjoy, recycle, reuse.
Expert Mommy, Julie Sprouse Verleger is the owner of Organized Home.