When you have 3, 4 or more children all the same sex and close in age it can be difficult to keep underwear and socks sorted and in the correct drawers. We all know about "Hand-me-Downs". Dealing with them can be helpful if you use a permanent marker and put 1 dot it in the waistband or tag of the underwear for the oldest child.
When they pass it down to the second child, you add another dot. Add a third dot for the third child, and if they are still not worn out you can keep passing it down just adding a dot to indicate which child's pile and drawer each item would go to. Socks can be marked on the bottom. Makes life in the laundry room much easier!
Great idea! I have to tell you it turned a light bulb on when I read this tip! I always cut the size tags out of mine (they make me itch) and I never can remember what size to buy again so now I'll dot the size on the waist bands with my next purchase ;-) Thanks!
My 2 girls would argue all the time about their underwear, whose was whose, until I finally clued in and told them to put their initials on the tag. Works great, saves me a headache.
When my kids were little, I had four within 5 years, the last three were girls. As the girls started wearing panties, I put their initial (very small) in the back right under the elastic. I used a black magic marker. This made it easy for them to tell front from back and saved me time when I was folding and sorting laundry.
Here's a laundry shortcut for identifying sock owners. I bought my husband all grey socks, my son all white socks, I have all black socks and my daughter only wears pastels. I sort by owner and they can just grab two socks and know they're a match.
We do something similar. I have three boys under five. Instead of marking an initial, we use one "x" for the oldest, "xx" for the middle, and "xxx" for the youngest. That way when one child outgrows it and passes it to the next, all I have to do is add an "x" and it's labeled for him. We do this with socks too. Now they get to help sort! :)
We do a similar thing but use those little tiny brass safety pins. 1 for the oldest, 2 for the next, 3 for the next, etc. We mark pants this way too.l
My mother-in-law had 4 boys. She would use a different color of thread for each person's socks and underwear.
If your underwear doesn't have sizing tags, it's a very good idea to label them yourself. It makes it easier for you to know where to place it, in which child's drawer it belongs.
I organize kids socks and underwear so they don't get bunched up together. I use the bottom half of plastic coke bottles or liter bottles of other soda to do this. You can see through them, and they keep the drawer neat.
Overhead, above our washer and dryer, I had my husband install a shelf that runs the entire length of the washer and dryer. On this shelf I placed five mini laundry baskets the ones that are usually 10" x 12". I labeled each basket with a name each person in our family.