Helpful tips and tracks for how to organize kids clothing! Tackle the clutter in your kids’ closets with these easy organization ideas!

How to Organize Kids Clothing

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.

1. Take Everything Out

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.

2. Purge and then purge again.

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!

3. Decide what organization method works best.

When it comes to kids’ clothing organization, the big debate is whether everything should be hung in the closet or kept drawers. I tried every method over the years. And what I have found is that our needs change as the kids get older!

You might find that when the kids are little, it is easiest to keep all of their clothes in drawers. Then, they can easily get to them. Plus, if they put away laundry, it is a lot easier than trying to hang up in the closet.

As the kids get older, you might decide to hang more clothes. Especially as kids get bigger, their clothing gets bigger, so you might run out of drawer space.

4. Fill in any clothing gaps.

After you declutter your kids clothing it is the perfect time to assess if there are any clothing needs. Instead of making best guesses when you are at the store if they need something new!

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 Checklist #printable #backtoschool #shopping

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!

Write down sizes too. Take a look at what sizes your kids are wearing which might even vary by brand. So be sure to make notes on the best clothing sizes for your kids right now!



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  1. Holly Breton @ Pink Lady on August 13, 2018 at 7:15 am

    Love this post. We are organizing my soon-to-be-10 year old on Friday night- that is going to be our wild and crazy Friday night 🙂 I can’t wait for next month’s post too because I need help in the fridge department!

  2. Keri on August 13, 2018 at 11:28 am

    I love the advice to purge and then purge some more. We definitely need to do that around our house!!

  3. Danielle @ A Sprinkle of Joy on August 13, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Such great advice! I am always trying to go through my kids clothes to figure out what to keep and what to toss. Of course, with a third girl on the way, most stuff gets kept.

  4. Erin | Chasing Sweet and Simple on August 13, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Oh this post was so helpful! And I missed the road trip one so I’m going back to check that out because we have a road trip planned next month.

  5. ShootingStarsMag on August 13, 2018 at 8:53 pm

    Great tips. I really like the look of those organizers. I try and go through my clothes at least twice a year!


  6. jplagens on August 13, 2018 at 11:13 pm

    I think that the kid’s capsule wardrobe is really an amazing idea. I wish I could go back and take your advice.

  7. Meredith on August 14, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    I have got to start doing this more! I need to purge, purge and then purge some more! LOL It all just accumulates so fast!!! Thank you for these great tips!

  8. Katie on August 14, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    This is an easy start for me. I’m good at purging other people’s stuff, especially all the little knick knacks they store, but don’t play with.

  9. Jessica Moore on August 15, 2018 at 9:23 am

    With three daughters I feel like I’m always drowning in clothes no matter what I do! Love this post!

  10. Brittany on August 15, 2018 at 9:25 am

    We definitely need to purge! And I love your tip about paying attention to what you’re getting rid of to find a pattern! I hadn’t thought of that!

  11. Dara on August 15, 2018 at 10:43 am

    My kids clothes are all too overwhelming for me! I keep planning to sell in the consignment sale and then not getting ready for it!

  12. Rose Barnett | Life Management for Moms on August 15, 2018 at 11:34 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this… but when I read the take everything out part I wanted to stop reading lol. I’ll be visiting again bc I –soon– need to do this with my kids clothes. Thank you (strange fact, I live right outside of Cleveland too)

  13. Tiff|SpectrumSenseForMoms on August 15, 2018 at 11:56 am

    This is a great system! Purging is definitely may favorite part, lol!

  14. Rosaura / Crafty MotherFather on August 16, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Purging the clothes is so hard for me. My little guy is one and I still have clothes from his newborn days that I don’t want to part with. It’s soooo cute. Def need to organize it though haha

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