5 Days of Organizing Kids’ Clothing: What They’ve Outgrown

Welcome back to my little contribution to the 5 Days of Organizing & Cleaning Series!

Today as we start to look more in depth at Organizing Kids’ Clothing, we’re gonna first tackle the idea of organizing & storing “What They’ve Outgrown.”

Now before I get into the nitty-gritty of our system, I want to clarify that we are a} blessed with an incredible space that works well for our storage of clothing and b} this system is what works well for us. While I hope that I might be able to share something that will be helpful to others, that is my only true goal in sharing this information with all of you! Glean what you can… but most importantly, work with what you’ve got as much as possible. 🙂

I will also go ahead and share with y’all that I haven’t exactly reinvented the wheel here… We keep and store any surviving children’s clothing for our future children. I started this with my very first child, born in 2002. I knew that we wanted more children and I did not see any reason in tossing out a perfectly good wardrobe, in favor of all new things. So Danny & I carefully packed away everything of Sammi’s in 18 gallon Rubbermaid tubs as she outgrew them.

When we did have our 2nd child, a boy… we had to buy a whole new wardrobe anyway! But still, we carefully packed away all his things too! I even remember thinking, “This is it! Now we’ve got girl AND boy clothes!”

As the years moved on, the tub collection grew larger and larger. In fact, as it’s grown larger, we’ve had to move it several times!

But when our long awaited third child, a girl, arrived in August of 2009, I was thrilled that I would finally be able to see some of Sammi’s precious outfits again!!

Our system is not rocket science… there are girl tubs and boy tubs. They are divided by size.

  • 0-3 months
  • 3-6 months
  • 6-9 months
  • 9-12 months
  • 12-18 months
  • 18-24 months {the girl one is currently in use}
  • 2T {this girl one is also currently in use, as Emme is kinda in between sizes here…}
  • 3T {the girl one is currently in use}
  • 4T
  • 5… 6… 7… 8…

The one fairly important tip that I would share for this storage division is this:

  • If you have an article of clothing that is for instance, a 2T, but fits more like an 18 months {I have a few dresses like this…} be sure to place it in the SMALLER size bin! 
Otherwise, it may get totally passed over next time & never worn! :-/
This is what our stash looks like now:
Pink & blue duct tape is helpful too! 😉

Not quite all of these are kids’ clothing… there are also 3 bins of shoes, 2 bins of baby bedding & blankets, and 2 bins of maternity clothes in there as well.

Boy bins & shoes on the left… girl bins on the right.

One of the many bins, ready to add to the stack.

As Sammi (our oldest) has gotten older and her clothing has gotten bigger, there is less that will fit in a bin and for some of those sizes (6, 7, 8) we’ve had to divide them up even further into Summer & Winter. Which, quite honestly, is kinda nice because that means the seasonal sorting will already be done for me when we need them again!

Now, as I said before, I know that we are incredibly blessed to have this space! {It is also my “children’s closet,” which I’ll share more about tomorrow…} But I don’t want to leave out anyone who’s trying to hang on to their clothing investment… So I want to share with you all some great links that I’ve come across over the last few years about storing kids’ clothing in all types of spaces, both big & small!

And what if you have no choice but to consign & Goodwill what you can because you have absolutely no storage space… but you’re a sentimental at heart and can’t stand the idea of saying goodbye to those beautifully smocked Christmas dresses & Easter jon-jons???
  • Take time to makes pictures of your little ones in those adorable outfits!
  • Consider using pieces of your favorite items for a precious keepsake quilt like Tara @ Feels Like Home did! 
  • Check out some of these other creative uses for sentimental kids’ clothing, including a Christmas stocking,  a baby activity book, a pillow, and birthday wreath! {From Disney Baby}

Be sure to come back tomorrow to check out our system for organizing the kids’ clothing that our kids are wearing now!

And if you’re just joining us today, you can get an introduction to what we’ll be looking at throughout this week, as well as enter to win some Cash in our 5 Days of Organizing & Cleaning Giveaway, over HERE!

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  1. Wow, that’s an incredible amount of space! We have 2 rubbermaid bins shoved underneath mine and my husband’s shoes in our closet – doing what we can, lol. Love the pink and blue duct tape tho! Great idea. If we ever get a girl I’ll try and use that! I’ve found that really being minimal about the clothing we keep has been helpful – we keep only our favorites, and as far as filling in the gaps for the next child is concerned, we use good will and hand me downs to keep the cost down. Love your tips, thanks for sharing!

  2. WOW, that’s an incredible amount of clothes

  3. Ha ha! I don’t really think it’s as much as it looks like… especially for FOUR kids! We’ve just split them up into more size categories than most people do. 😉

  4. Steph that’s how we started! Just two bins! LOL I probably *keep* more than I really should… mostly for sentimental reasons… but when the bin comes back out for a younger sibling, I find it’s easier to then purge things that I shouldn’t have kept.
    There are a lot of bins there… but that’s because I like the sizes more divided… i.e. 0-3 mos. & 3-6 mos. as opposed to 0-6 mos… but not all of the bins are slap full. 😉

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