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Organizing Kids Clothes

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Keeping clothing organized is a real chore especially if you have kids in the house. Making it so that your child's clothing is clean and easy for them to locate can make mornings in your household a lot less stressful. This is a guide about organizing kids clothes.
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September 12, 20054 found this helpful

Because of our work schedules, my husband usually gets our 2 year old son dressed in the morning. He's a wonderful father, but heaven help him, cannot put matching outfits together very well! To make things easier, I made up a set of hangers with the days of the week on them. On Sundays, I go through my son's closet and put outfits together, then hang one on each "day of the week" hanger. On weeknights, I take out the outfit for the next day and hang it on a hook that's next to our son's changing table. That way, my husband has an outfit all set to go in the morning, and I can rest assured that my son won't be going out in public looking like he chose his outfit himself!

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By Lisa

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August 18, 2009

If you have children at your home whose clothes are strung and strewed all over, crying because they aren't old enough to find something to wear themselves, here's a trick I learned from raising six kids; his, mine, and ours!

When you do the laundry and it comes time to fold the clothes and separate them to put away, fold the pants or skirts lengthwise, lay the shirt or blouse face down, and fold it back around over the pants, making a "sandwich". Then, take tiny little safety pins and pin the bottom sleeve, pants legs, and top sleeve together.

The two and three year olds can't get the pins undone to try on a dozen outfits a day, you won't be getting the children's sizes confused on a busy morning and having to sort that out, and even hubby can figure out how to dress a toddler in clothes that match (don't you hate it when he meets you somewhere in public and has your little girl dressed in a frilly pink plaid skirt and her brother's camoflauge T-shirt?)

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Plus, when you have a whiny "I don't want that shirt" morning ,you can say, "Well, pick one you like and bring it to me when you decide", knowing whichever one they pick, it will be a decent outfit and thereby ending a back and forth argument. Packing the diaper bag or backpack? A tenth of a second; just grab something and go!

By dollyslaffn from Darien,GA

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By 11 found this helpful
April 5, 2010

Here is a fun way to get your girls ages 7 and up to clean out their closest. Hold a "Fashion" show, where they model each of their summer/winter outfits. Any outfit that does not fit, or that they no longer want can go to a charity like Goodwill or a younger family member.

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My mom started me on this when I was 11 and I still do it every spring and fall as a fun way to organize the clothes I want to keep and those that I need to give away.

If your budget is tight, have them sell the unwanted clothes at a garage sale or consignment store. They can use the money made to buy something new to them from Goodwill or the consignment store where they sold their unwanted clothes.

By McCollonough from TN

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August 29, 20052 found this helpful

Because of our work schedules, my husband usually gets our 2 year old son dressed in the morning. He's a wonderful father, but heaven help him, he cannot put matching outfits together very well!

To make things easier, I made up a set of hangers with the days of the week on them. On Sundays, I go through my son's closet and put outfits together, then hang one on each "day of the week" hanger. On weeknights, I take out the outfit for the next day and hang it on a hook that's next to our son's changing table.

That way, my husband has an outfit all set to go in the morning. And I can rest assured that my son won't be going out in public looking like he chose his outfit himself!

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By Lisa

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By 5 found this helpful
March 1, 2007

I have always folded clothing according to type, pants in a pants drawer, shirts with shirts, etc. Just recently I have begun to fold the kids clothing into "bundles" with shirts, pants, undies and socks, all rolled up into the longest article of clothing. My kids have just 10 bundles each. I try to limit it so that there are no unloved clothing stuffed into the back of drawers.

I know just what the kids need when they outgrow an article (or 2), to make the bundles complete. This saves me money because I know when to stop buying. It also saves me time because the kids know that when there are only 2 left, to tell me so I can do laundry. I only wish I had thought of it 10 years ago!

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July 21, 20061 found this helpful

Organizing Baby Clothes

Quite often when you buy or are given baby or toddler clothes they come in outfits. A matching top and bottom, maybe even with a matching hat. One way to keep these items together is to fold them and put them in large zip-lock bags before putting them away. You will be able to easily see the outfit and the bags can be used over and over again.

Organizing Bigger Kids Outfits

If you have young children who are just learning how to dress themselves try organizing clothing by outfit. For example, hang a pair of slacks and a matching shirt in the closet together. Put the slacks on the hanger first and then put the shirt on over it. That way your child can just choose an outfit and get dressed.

Getting Kids To Put Their Clothes Away

The easier you can make putting clothes away for a child, the more likely they will be successful at it. One good thing to do is store clothing that won't be worn for a while. Make sure the child doesn't have more clothing that there is space to store it and establish drawers and locations where things should go. For example: T-shirts to in the t-shirt drawer, socks go in the sock drawer, shoes line up on the closet floor, and so on. You can even label where things should go with words, drawings, or photos. Give each child their own colored laundry basket and have them take it into their room to put clothing away.

Lay Outfits Out the Night Before

One of the leading causes of disorganized dressers and drawers is a child trying to get ready in the morning in a rush. If they get into the habit of laying out their outfit the night before it will make the mornings less stressful and help keep their room organized. For younger children, lay their outfit out for them.

Bigger Isn't Always Better

Keep in mind that most dressers are not ideal for children. A smaller dresser makes it much easier for children to deal with their clothing. Also, while the top drawer is the easier to reach for adults, some top drawers may require a stool for a child to see into. Keep a small stool nearby so the child doesn't have to hang on the drawer to look into it. Also, consider installing a short closet rod that your child can reach easier. It's easy to add an additional rod or just move the existing one lower.

Label the Labels

If you have more than one child, it can become difficult to remember which article of clothing goes with which child. One easy solution is to mark the initials of owners on the clothing tag with permanent ink. One of our readers also suggested using a different color for each child.

Keeping Socks Together

This won't completely solve the problem of unmatched socks, but certainly will help. Train your children to fold their socks together before they put them in the laundry basket. Also, it helps to always buy them the same brand, color, and style socks.
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December 30, 2009

Because my kids grow so fast, we always end up with several sizes of clothes in circulation at any one time. So in my children's closets I added labels on the hangers of all their clothes with the size printed on it.

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April 12, 20052 found this helpful

Instead of trying all those clothes on my kids each season to see what fits (and my kids get tired after the first outfit), I lay an outfit (pants and shirt) that fit them just right on the bed as a pattern.

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October 24, 2007

When putting clothes away in the closet, and you have a mix of everyday clothes and nicer clothes in the same place. I put the everyday use tops, blouses, and shirts on hangers inside out.

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September 17, 2009

How do you organize your kids clothes when they have too many? I have wheedled my oldest daughter's clothes down some, but still not enough it seems. My youngest has way too many, but at the same time she is such a mess and always ruining her clothes with stains I can never get out, so I almost need a lot of clothes for her.

I just get so sick of so much laundry all the time. I thought maybe if I wheedled their clothes down to a certain number of tops and bottoms, or a certain number of "outfits", the laundry issue would get better. Really, how many outfits does one child need do you think? Any tips? Thanks.

By minnabird from Southcentral VA

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September 18, 20090 found this helpful

Hi Minnabird,

I had the same problem when my kids were young. One thing that helped was to have the kids sort all their clothes into piles into clothes of I use each week, a pile that doesn't fit anymore, or I don't like it anymore. The other pile left is the too much clothes pile. . .lol Help the child to find anything in the too much pile that they still like, and they can coordinate with their clothes that they use each week.

Whatever is left of the clothes, kids like to make money, more than they like the extra clothes, it overwhelms the kids too with too many clothes. Also, they like just as much if others need these clothes than they need it. So, a garage sale, or a donation is in order or similar, and they also need to be a part of the choosing how to take care of the problem.

Also, once my kids were big enough to reach dials, they learned how to take care of their own clothes, and it takes a lot of time and patience right with them, but, once they learn, it's theirs job for taking care of their own clothes, and it's no longer the mothers or dads job. Really, it is part of raising our kids through the 18 years that we are in charge of them before they are off on their own, and the sooner that they know how to do anything, the better it is for their futures.

My son is now 25, and he knows how to do his own laundry, and from when he was young, and he also was given plenty of opportunities when he lived here to learn how to make meals for the family too, and he loved doing that, and those memorized meals for making, as well as creating for them too, are still with him now.

I still have friends that their kids are over 21, and they still can't do their own laundry or meals, because their mothers won't allow anyone to use their own washing machines and dryers, or their major appliances, because they don't trust others to use them, only them. They may believe that they're a great mother for doing everything for them, but, really. . .are they? Lot's of love from them, but, without teaching them so many things, the kids are at a big disadvantage when they are on their own.

Anyway, that is what I feel, I'm sure there will be others that disagree too, it's all part of life. :)

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September 20, 20090 found this helpful

I would buy a big new 39 gallon trash receptacle and write on it with Gold Paint Marker for CD's: This is NOT TRASH...

Store it somewhere out of the way, and put clothes in grocery bags, with cardboard labels on them. This is a good way to store things....you can also get a table top board and put on the top instead of a lid and use it as a table.

This way you can put clothes in it and just change them out every so often. I use these as storage for toys, etc, since the kids have so many.

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September 23, 20090 found this helpful

I believe less is better. As far as our older kids who are on their own now. I remember piles of clothes. With our preschooler, I've kept it to about 2 to 3 weeks worth. It's done with a little variety so that some clothes are for church or special occasions and some just for going out/preschool. I've been able to find a lot of bargains at yard sales; that helps.

He has always had play clothes...don't care if they are stained, so I save money on Shout. :)

You will save money with your younger child due to hand me downs. :) Store them by size in containers or brown paper bags, marked by size.

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October 3, 20090 found this helpful

Everyone really wears about 4 favorite tops or shirts. Same with pants so with 4 days worth plus a couple of Sunday best type clothes they have plenty. It's also frustrating to wash and fold everything neatly only to stuff it into an overfull drawer. Everything else should go to a garage sale or goodwill. Let the kids organize what they can keep and what goes.

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February 9, 20120 found this helpful

How do you store clothes for your children that don't fit them yet? Containers?

By Keli J.

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February 9, 20120 found this helpful

Back when my kids were little, before there was all these nice plastic containers, I just made sure they were clean and fold them and stored them in cardboard boxes. Some of the fancier dresses, I left hanging in their closet. There wasn't a lot of fancy dresses.

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February 10, 20120 found this helpful

Yeah, containers would probably be the best. I used to get long narrow ones that I could slid under there beds so they would be out of the way.

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February 13, 20120 found this helpful

I used some put-them-together cubes in the top shelf of the closet. I use them as open face bins, one with clothes too big for each child. When an older sibling outgrows something, it goes in the "too big for" bin for the next child who might wear it.

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September 17, 20090 found this helpful

Tip: Different Colors for Different Kids

If you have more than one child of the same sex, use small dots of different colors of fabric paint on the bottom of their socks. Each child gets their own color. There will be no wondering who owns which socks. This also works on toothbrushes, cups, mittens, underwear, etc.

By Barbara from Virginia Beach, VA

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Different Colors for Different Kids

My mother-in-law raised 6 kids. The first 4 (all boys) were fairly close in age. She bought socks in various colors, one boy wore only white socks, the next wore socks of a different color or design and so on. I don't know if this idea will work for everyone, but it sure worked for her family. (06/21/2006)

By AnnMel

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