Though baby clothes seem small and insignificant, they can bring utter chaos to closets and drawers. These tiny garments are especially apt for creating an organizational nightmare, and if you have two or three children, the problem is exponential. Keeping babies and young children looking great while upholding a tidy home just takes a little extra organizational strategy, and the payoff is amazing.
It is not only important to keep baby clothes organized in order to have a tidy house, but it also helps you find the garments you are looking for on a daily basis. This includes storing those seasonal garments or hand-me-downs as well as those in current use, so that they are easily located. When storing baby clothes, it is important to sort them by size and season. This allows you to pick the box with the size and season you need rather than sorting through several boxes finding those spring shirts in a box full of all different sizes and types of clothes. This way, you are only looking for one box.
When hanging baby clothes, be sure to use the right baby clothes hangers. Baby hangers come in several materials, colors, and shapes. Add labels to different hangers to help organize the various types of clothes. Size is the most important thing to note. Keep like sized garments together. A closet full of baby hangers is pretty difficult to navigate without some type of divider system. You can use rod dividers or simply use adult hangers between different sections of baby clothes. The adult size clothes hangers can also be labeled to avoid confusion. It is a good idea to make these dividing sections for at least two years in advance so that they will already be in place as the child grows and acquires more clothes. The months will fly by, and if you do not do this ahead of time, it will most likely not be ready in time store new clothes.
Far more baby clothes will fit into drawers than adult clothing, so it is important to divide drawer sections into categories as well. Drawer organizers come in so many different forms, so the possibilities are endless, but here are some suggestions. Pajamas and footed sleepwear fit well into sock boxes, bibs and rattles work well in tie boxes, and shirts and sweaters fold nicely into wicker baskets. The important thing is to have these garments also divided by sizes and easily distinguishable.
For easy access, store those everyday garments and accessories on closet or bedroom doors. Shoe holders that hang from doors are great if you can remember to put the shoes back everyday. This will definitely decrease the rushed confusion of attempting to find that other missing shoe. Sweater and jacket hooks are also great on doors, but make sure to put these things out of your baby or toddler’s reach.
Whether this article has helped you to make some organizational decisions or simply inspired you to organize your own way, spend a few minutes coming up with a game plan. The smaller the garment, the more difficult it is to keep track of. With a little planning and dividing, getting your child ready can be come more about having fun and less about scavenging for the right outfit.