It’s a brand new year and what better time than it is to organize baby clothes.
We have a fresh and new start to the year and can plan for exciting things. If you are having a baby, just had one, or planning to have one soon, congratulations!
Having a baby is an exciting though it also can be challenging. I know, as I am expecting my second one (pregnancy announcement here). One of the things on my to-do list is to organize the baby clothes.
Having a plan on how to organize baby clothes is one of the best things that we can do to prepare or to make daily life with a baby a little easier.
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Here are 7 tips on how to organize baby clothes:
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1. Clothing Labels help keep baby clothes organized
One of the ways to organize baby clothes is by their age.
This common way of organizing is to put the different clothing sizes together. I’ve created some closet dividers to help you keep your baby clothes organized (see the different sets here).
Here are the sizes you can organize your clothing by:
- 0-3 months
- 3-6 months
- 6-9 months
- 9-12 months
- 12 months
- 18 months
- 24 months
While you do not need to put all the clothing and sizes up at once, it’ll be helpful to put a few up in the beginning and change them as your progress.
This is also very helpful when you receive baby clothes from others as gifts or hand-me-downs. You can just hang it up behind the label and see which ones you’ll need to buy more of later on.
2. Arrange and organize baby clothes by types
As suggested earlier, you can organize your baby clothes by the months.
However, you can also organize baby clothes by the type of clothing. In the set of closet dividers I created (see the different sets here), I’ve included types of clothing.
- Long Sleeves
It might be easier to put an outfit together when you need to pull one type of clothing from each category. Sometimes, when we’re so tired as parents, it makes our lives better when we have one less thing to think about, which is the baby’s outfit of the day.
Also, it helps us to keep things organized if they are labeled by types so we do not need to go search or figure out how we should hang the clothing every time after laundry.
3. Organize baby clothes by seasons
Another way to organize baby clothing is by seasons. Keep all the winter clothing together and put the summer outfits together.
Depending on how old your baby is and what season you are in, you can limit your choices. This will affect what you buy and for when.
When there’s a sale coming up, you can see what clothing your child may need for the upcoming seasons.
You can put all the socks and mittens together while putting the sun hat and swimsuits in a different compartment or bin.
Organizing certain seasonal items will help you to find what you need for the season.
In my closet dividers set, there is one label for seasonal items.
You can hang things you need for the season behind the label. It’ll also help you to stay organize as you hang your clothing.
4. Hanging vs folding clothes
This can be a great debate, or not a debate at all.
Depending on the space that you have, you can choose to hang baby clothes or fold them. I prefer hanging them as I have some closet space for the clothing.
However, if you have dressers that you want to use, fold the clothing.
You can also do half and half. Maybe fold the pants and hang the jackets and sweaters.
If you want to hang your baby’s clothes but do not have a closet, you can check out these portable clothing racks. Set one up in the baby’s room and only put clothing that are in season and fits your child well. This will enable you to keep it simple and not cluttered.
If you are getting a dresser to fold the clothing, each drawer should only contain one or two types of clothing.
For example, onesies and shirts in one and pants in another.
You can decide to stack them on top of each other or put them vertically just like Marie Kondo will encourage you to.
Choose what works for you and stick with your system. Tell your spouse or your mom if they also help you to put away clothing after washing.
5. Putting away baby clothing
One of the ways to keep your baby’s clothing and closet organized is by putting away clothing that no longer fits them.
It means if they have outgrown their clothing, you can pack it away.
It’s totally up to you if you want to keep the clothing for your next child or donate it to someone else.
Yes, it’s very cute to have the tiny clothing all hung up but if it doesn’t fit, it’s time to put away so that you can take out the bigger sizes of clothing that your child will fit into.
You can pack them away in bins or bags. If you’re really frugal, you can also use old diaper boxes to store them.
Just be sure to label everything clearly.
After putting outgrown clothing, socks, and hats away, you will now have more space to keep the remaining and incoming clothing organized.
6. Buying practical vs cute
We are all guilty of buying something cute for our kids that really isn’t practical.
Especially when it goes on sale.
Now that I’ve confessed that I’m on the same boat, it’s important for us to try to not buy clothing that are cute but not practical.
Shoes for a 2 month old? Yeah, they’re not going to use it unless it’s for a photo session. Then, they’ll kick it off the next second.
Another example would be buying a swimsuit for the summer while it’s still winter. It can be hard to tell the size as babies and toddlers can grow at different speed.
If you still have the urge to buy that cute item that your baby or toddler might wear, maybe just limit yourself to once a month. Or get an accountability partner to ask whether it’ll be a good purchase or not.
7. How many baby clothes is too many?
As you may have heard that babies grow up very quickly and not to buy too many clothing.
In some ways, it’s true but not at the same time.
You’ll need to decide how many outfits your baby needs and how often you’ll do laundry. Be prepared for diaper blowouts and spit ups.
However, as they get older, I find with my toddler, I don’t need as many outfits for her. She can mix and match her tops and bottoms.
It could possibly be that my toddler is on the smaller size so she’s still wearing 18 months clothing at 2 years old.
Again, you’ll need to decide what’s best for your situation and also keeping in mind to be practical (and not buy all the cute outfits as mentioned previously).
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