Happy Monday! I hope you had a nice weekend! Today, I am back with Keri for another Clear the Clutter Challenge! Last month we talked about getting organized for road trips and this month we are talking about kids clothing organization! The timing to work on organizing kids clothing is perfect for this month when most kids head back to school. This is the time of year that most kids get a few new outfits for school. We always decide what clothing doesn’t fit anymore for the new school year. So today, I’ll share my ideas on kids clothing organization! Plus, I’ve got a helpful free printable for you to make the task a little easier.
Assess what you have
First, you need to know what your kids truly can and will wear! In order to assess what you have, you will need to take everything out of the kids’ closets and drawers. I find that if you take everything all out, you are more mindful about what you put back in. You are required to touch the item and get a closer look, which often times leads to realizing you do not want the item.
Purge and then purge some more
Start with a quick review of everything you have and then start to get rid of items you do not want. I find that I will do a first time review and then after I have gone through everything, I go back and get rid of more things! Since this is your kids’ items, you will want to ask them if it something they will really wear. You can even them try on the items and see how it fits!
If you are kids are like mine, then they wear the same things over and over again. So during our recent clean out, I got rid of things that I had not seen them wear in a long time!
Mom Tip: Take note of the items you are getting rid of and notice if there is a theme. For example, if you find the items a certain color or a particular style, then you might decide to avoid those elements when you buy the kids new clothing!
Decide what you need
Now, comes the fun part, deciding what clothing items your kids need! After the decluttering step, it is now time to see what areas in the clothing department your kids might be lacking. After our latest clean out, I realized how many clothes my kids really had and how little they truly wore! So, I have decided to move towards a capsule wardrobe with my kids (and maybe me!).
I like the idea of a kids capsule wardrobe because it cuts down on decision making time for picking outfits. Plus, as it is true with most things, the less things you have, the less overwhelming you feel!
Because each of my kids approaches clothing differently (what they like to wear, how many choices they like to have, etc), I decided to create this customizable Kids Capsule Wardrobe checklist. This checklist allows you to determine your child’s individual clothing needs. I have one kid who loves jeans and nothing else and one kid who only wears jeans if he absolutely has to!
I used one checklist for each of my kids and then jotted down notes in between each category taking stock of what they have and what they might need.
Kids Capsule Wardrobe (print here)
Depending on what climate you live in, you may require more or less of certain items. When you have a capsule wardrobe, you are more intentional when buying clothes and end up making decisions based on what you really need!
Decide on an organization system
Now it is time to organize everything in drawers and closets! You want to be be intentional in where you put the items so that the kids can access them easily. How you organize is mater of your own preferences. I keep all of the kids undergarments and pajamas in a dresser and then our other clothes in the closet. But I know some parents prefer to keep most clothes folded and in drawers. You want to think about how easy it is for your child to be autonomous in putting away clothes, picking out clothes to wear and getting dressed on their own. Your best system is what works for you!
Recently we purchased these drawer organizers and they make a world of difference in the kids socks and underwear drawers. Prior to this, we just threw all the items in drawers and it was a mess! I got a pack of these for each of the kids stuff and their drawers look so much better.
If you purchase any sort of drawer organizer, be sure to measure your drawers! You don’t want to end up with something that does not fit the space!
Mom Tip: Be sure to walk your kids through the organization system so that understand where everything goes! It sure makes it easier when they help put away the laundry 🙂
Clear the Clutter Challenge
Next month, Keri and I will be back to talk about refrigerator organization! This might seem like a quick task but the reality it that it take time and consideration in how to maximize your refrigerator so that you minimize waste. For more Clear the Clutter inspiration, be sure to join our Clear the Clutter Facebook Group! We share tips for organizing, behind the scenes, and it’s a place to ask questions and join in on a community!