How to Store Outgrown Clothes

clothesIt 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,

Boy clothing

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.

  1. 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.
  2. Easy access when saving the clothing for hand me downs.
  3. 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.


  1. I have been working on this issue myself a lot lately. I think getting and having the bins on hand is my biggest issue. Off to the store I go tomorrow.

  2. I need to go through the summer clothes and do this! We have so many!

  3. this is how i do it julie. the BIG question is, with my 6 and 9 yr old gils ou growing things and a baby girl (and boy who will have hand-me downs coming in from cousins and such) on the way… do i SAVE stuff? how much is too much when it comes to being thrifty?…6 yrs seems a LOT of bins away… but i can’t seem to bring myself to getting rid of perfectly good coats, boots, dresses and more knowing i’ll want/need them in the future. ideas?

  4. Hi Suzanne, I think since there is a 6 year difference between your youngest now and the new babies really go through the clothing and just keep your absolute favorites. Get rid of anything that is faded, stained or has holes in it. Storing the clothing between cold weather and warm weather helps to find things easier. Also think about the season and the ages the babies are going to be. Does it coincide with you other girls? Keep in mind also that friends and family will be giving you clothing as gifts. You don’t have to keep it all. Like I said just stick with your favorites and give to a friend or donate the rest. Hope this helps!