Is your baby closet a pile of complete mess?
Do you literally dive into a pool of clothes to find out the one you want?
Are you looking for ways to organize baby clothes?
If the answer is YES, you are not alone!! 🙂
Today I bring to you the 10 golden tricks I use to organize baby clothes and maintain a clutter-free closet for my son Reyhaan.
Importance of organizing baby clothes:
Many newbie parents find it difficult to keep the baby dresses in an organized easy to use and track way.
One reason for this is the small size of the baby clothes that makes it difficult for using usual organizing techniques like cloth hangers or stacking.
I also used to fold and stack clothes one on top of the other. It looked neat and good, but was practically space consuming and difficult to use.
If I had to pull out the dress at the bottom of the stack and that too with one hand as my other hand would be holding my baby, the full stack would fall down. This caused more and more disorder in the closet.
Also it was difficult to locate dresses that were kept at the far back of the cupboard. Arranging clothes as a stack also meant not so effective utilization of the storage space.
In short Reyhan’s closet was a total disaster until we sorted out a perfect organizing plan for the same.
Believe me it is not that difficult to maintain a well-ordered baby closet. At first it may seem time consuming, but ones you are done it is pretty much easy to maintain it.
10 Tricks to organize baby clothes and achieve clutter-free baby closet:
So here are the 10 simple tips that have proved successful for me and can turn your kid’s closet too into a forever well-organized one. [sociallocker id=185]
#1. Sort by age
Am sure your baby or toddler will be having dresses that are big for his size and age and also dresses too small for him.
So first thing to do is to sort all the clothes by age and size. Pack away all those clothes that are currently big for your baby. You can use a bag or basket or boxes to hold these. Pack and keep them aside and look for it only when your baby is ready to wear them.
You can also label the bags or baskets according to age to make it easier to spot them.
Give away, sell or throw away all those dresses that are too small or damaged. I know this is hard as many of us have this emotional attachment with these small dresses and its difficult to part with them. But de-cluttering is important to stay organized.
#2. Sort by type
Now that you have put all the bigger clothes aside, you are left with the ones that are currently fit for your baby.
Sort the dresses by type. Like winter wear, summer dresses, nightdress, casual wear, daily use dresses etc.
Keep out of the season clothes separated. Like if it is summer you don’t need sweaters and all. So keep them separate.
You can either keep dresses as pairs or sort them like shirts only, pants only, trousers etc.
I usually mix-match dresses for Reyhan. So I prefer to keep shirts, pants, T-shirts etc. in separate boxes.
#3. Fold dresses properly
Folding each dress properly is really important. If clothes are neatly and aptly folded they are easier to arrange and also will consume less space.
Shirts, pajamas, pants, onesie in the proper way they are supposed to be folded. (You already know how to fold these.)
Baby bedspreads, quilts, bath towels, nursing cover etc. can be rolled up instead of folding them. Rolling and arranging works better in this case.
It is usual that the socks in the house miss their soul mates and end up as bachelors that are not so “eligible”. So to keep the pairs together, insert one sock inside the other. Let them stay together.
It is not necessary that you iron every single cloth before you organize. Just folding them properly is enough.
#4. Use boxes or divide drawers into compartments
I should admit that the clever idea of opting for boxes to hold baby clothes was the first turning point that leads to my ever neat and organized baby closet. 🙂
I bought these beautiful storage boxes from Ikea and they are serving their purpose so loyally for the past one and a half years.
Keeping dresses separately in boxes according to age, season, and type helps me to keep track of them easily.
You can opt for baskets or even use dividers to make separate compartments in drawers or cupboards to keep clothes in an organized way. Cardboard, wooden planks or store bought dividers can be used to divide your drawer.
One advantage of using boxes is that you can stack one box of clothes on the other – a wise and effective way to increase storage space!! I would say this is the best way to organize clothes.
#5. Arrange/ stack clothes vertically in the boxes
I have already mentioned and also you all must be familiar with the drawbacks of stacking dresses one of top of the other.
So instead of opting for this not so effective method, you can fold and arrange your baby cloths vertically like I have shown in the picture below. This method particularly works best for baby clothes, as they are small in size.
This solves the problem of cloth stack falling down or getting disturbed when you pull out a dress from the bottom or in between the stack.
Also arranging like this helps to save space as the clothes fits in the boxes in a very compact way.
Another advantage is that as all the dresses are visible and this makes it is easy to spot the one you want.
#6. Keep socks, belts and other accessories organized
I use a single boxes with dividers to hold socks, belts, caps and other accessories. This makes it easy to keep them in place and well organized. Also keeping them together in the same box helps me to grab all the necessary accessories in one go.
#7. Arrange medicines, diapers, wipes etc. properly
I know these don’t come under the ‘clothes’ department. But I feel I should mention these too as they also usually go into a baby closet.
Have a separate box for medicines, diapers, wipes, and other supplies like soaps, shampoos and all.
Keep in mind to keep these at the back end of the drawer or cupboard so that it will be out of reach for your kid or toddler.
#8. Arrange boxes properly
Now that you have sorted dresses, folded and arranged them properly in boxes; its time to arrange these boxes properly.
Arrange boxes in such a way that the boxes that contains dresses you use frequently is kept at a place that can be easily reached.
For example box with daily wear dresses can be kept in front, as we will be pulling out dress from this box more frequently.
#9. Discard useless items then and there
If you find a damaged dress and you are sure it can’t be mended or reused, or if there are dresses your little one absolutely hates to wear or does not not fit him properly, throw it then and there.
I don’t (read it as my husband doesn’t) entertain keeping unwanted useless things in the house.
Discarding unwanted items then and there helps in reducing clutter and saves space too.
#10. Stick to all the above rules
Yep, this is really important.
Keeping things organized is not a one-time business. It should be strictly followed to the core- every day, every time.
Make sure each and every time you organize the dresses following all the above eight tips.
If you don’t have time to fold dresses, at least put pressed in their appropriate boxes so that it can be folded and kept neatly when you have time.
Hope this article helps you to stay organized and not loose your mind in keeping all those cute baby clothes from being all over your house.
How is my well-organized baby closet? How do you arrange baby clothes?
What are the baby cloth storage ideas that have helped you stay organized?
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