Looking for practical ways to organize all your baby clothes? Are the piles starting to get a little out of hand?
Trust me when I say I know those concerns all too well. Sometimes I wonder where some of these clothes even come from because it seems like an ongoing wash, dry, and fold on top of a bottomless pit of baby clothes!
I used to loathe this vicious cycle until I figured out a good (and easy) system for keeping my baby’s clothes organized and decluttered. Here’s how!
What is the best way to organize baby clothes?
I hate to say it, but the truth of the matter is the madness begins the moment you start combining all. the. clothes.
You know what I mean… all seasons, all sizes, new clothes, hand-me-downs – all of it stored (or thrown) together in one closet, drawer, or some other storage solution.
Then before you realize it, you’re running out of space and it becomes stressful trying to find one little onesie or matching pair of socks.
The foundation of the madness is actually your answer for the best way to organize your baby’s clothes. For starters, you’ll want to keep clothes together by season.
This could mean several different storage solutions, but it’s a necessary step to keep like-season clothes together.
Next, it’s best to keep them together by size, in ascending order. If you’re like most moms and you want to be prepared for that growth spurt, you can keep multiple sizes out; however, keep them all grouped together accordingly.
Last but not least, you may also want to consider organizing them according to type, as in used and hand-me-downs together and new clothes stored in another drawer, tote, bin, or basket.
This way you can easily and quickly find the Sunday attire over the playdate clothes. This may not seem like much, but it’s definitely a game changer.
Once you have an idea of how you’re going to organize your clothes, it’s time to use your storage solution of choice. Below are some ideas for storing baby clothes using drawers and small spaces.
How to Organize Baby Clothes in Drawers
If using drawers is your go-to solution, here are a few ways to consider using them to organize your baby clothes:
- Use the top drawers for the clothes your baby will wear the most.
- Use the next drawer for go-to clothes for when the first drawer gets low.
- Use the next and/or last two drawers for clothes your baby is about to transition into (i.e., next size up).
- (If you have 6 drawers, consider using the left for a certain clothing type and the right side for another.)
To keep these drawers from getting mixed and matched, set a routine that involves washing, drying, and immediately folding and putting away your baby’s clothes. Every two weeks or so, go through each drawer and ask yourself three things:
- Is my baby still wearing this?
- Can my baby still fit this?
- Will my baby be wearing this soon?
Depending on your answers to these questions, you can determine if certain articles of clothing need to be moved to a new drawer or removed completely.
For clothing that will no longer be stored, have a plan in place for getting rid of them. You can sell or donate them.
If you want to organize your baby’s drawers even further, you can use small dividers that will keep everything in its place even within the drawer. For example, if you’d like to sort clothes by color or sleeve length, etc.
How to Organize Baby Clothes In A Small Space
Sometimes you may find yourself working with a small space. Before you think all hope is lost, there are actually several ways to organize baby clothes in a small space.
The key to working with a limited amount of space is being strategic about your storage solution. Storage ideas to consider are:
- Hanging bins for closets.
- Over-the-door storage.
- Under-the-bed bins.
- Tall units with shelving.
These solutions typically provide you with ample space for adding bins and baskets that will fit lots of baby clothes (depending on the size and season).
Similar to the method shared with drawers, use bins and baskets in a way that helps you keep clothes separated by season, size, and kind. Clearly label each bin or basket so you know what’s in them.
Consider using the same rotation system mentioned above in order to stay on top of clothes being cluttered.
Storing Baby Clothes In Closet Space Only
Absolutely no room for a dresser? It’s okay!
If you only have storage space in the closet, there are some things you can do to maximize the space and stay visually organized.
Try adding a second or third closet rail if you can. Depending on what size your closet is you could add more storage just by adding additional rails. Baby clothes are not very long so this should work out fine.
Also, using closet dividers can divide clothes up by month and size, just like if you were to assign each size to a drawer.
Hang or Fold Baby Clothes?
So you have washed all your new baby clothes and now you’re faced with the decision of how to put them away.
The truth is that there is no one right answer here. It all depends on your preference and storage space.
If folding clothes is much faster for you and means you actually get your laundry chores started AND completed, then choose that.
Folding baby clothes might also be ideal if you are short on closet space or your closet space is being used for storing other things.
On the other hand, hanging your baby’s clothes up will work for you if you have limited to no dresser space. Hanging up the clothes also visually lets you see what you have available, no sorting through piles.
Keep in mind, hanging baby clothes does require an extra step of actually getting smaller sized hangers to that fit baby/kid’s clothing. This extra step isn’t terribly time consuming, but it is there.
How Will You Tackle Baby Clothes Storage?
Baby clothes may not take up a lot of space, but once they get unorganized and cluttered, it can feel like a big mess.
Stay on top of keeping your baby’s clothes organized by developing a system that works best for you and the space you have to work with.
Whatever you choose to do, stick with it! Happy organizing!
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