How To Keep Your Children’s Clothing Organized, Even Through Growth Spurts

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If you’ve ever tried to organize a child’s closet, then you know it is not a one and done mission.

Children are forever growing bigger. Getting out an outfit can go from “let’s put together a cute ensemble” to “Isn’t there anything in here that fits?!” fast.

After growing frustrated with my childrens’ clothing, I created a simple system to keep on top of the clothes monster.

How To Keep Your Children’s Clothing Organized, Even Through Growth Spurts  Keep your children's clothing organized even when they are going through growth spurts. An easy way to always find something that fits.

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Here are the steps you can take to help you permanently keep your children’s closets organized:

  1. Make a “too big” and a “too small” box for each child and keep these boxes somewhere handy, like on top of each of their dressers. I just re-purposed amazon shipping boxes and diaper boxes, but you could use anything.
  2. To start, sort out your children’s clothing and put clothes that don’t fit into the appropriate box.You can read more about how and why to downsize the amount of clothing in your home here.
  3. As time goes on and your child outgrows a piece of clothing, move it out of your way and into the “too small” box.
  4. You can begin to move the “too big” clothing items into the drawers when needed. To save money, you can fill your “too big” box with the next size up when your favorite store has a killer seasonal sale or with items from garage sales or second hand stores.
  5. Once the “too small” box is full you can donate, store, or move the items to a sibling’s dresser or “too big” box

I created the box labels and printed them onto different styles of cardstock and taped them onto cardboard boxes.

Also, make sure you have a space dedicated for each type of clothing your child uses. I use the sterilite 5-drawer carts for this reason. I used to have the 3-drawer carts, but I didn’t really have a dedicated spot for socks and underwear.

My favorite thing is that my daughter can sort it herself. When she puts on an outfit that she has clearly grown out of (which is happening a lot lately), I can tell her to take it off and put it in the “too small” bin. Then she puts on a new outfit, and hopefully it fits. When things get scarce in the dresser, she can start to pull from the “too big”  box and it will naturally flow into the laundry piles and back into her dresser. It’s like magic. As long as I keep filling the “too big” box with the next size up. 😉

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