Organizing Baby Clothes

Organizing baby clothes is an ongoing job! My little one is growing fast and to keep up with what he has grown out of and into takes some work! I’ve found if I don’t stay on top of it, things quickly get overwhelming and the nursery becomes disorganized!

For awhile, I was sorting through clothes about every two weeks since he was growing so fast! Now, I find going through the clothes about once a month keeps his clothes organized and rarely will I put something on him to discover he’s outgrown it.

I only organize clothes when Paxton is in a happy mood because I often try several articles of clothes on him (I call it dress up!)

I strip him down to his diaper and put him on a blanket in the floor while I look through his clothes. I pull out the items that I know are too small, try on a few that I’m not sure if they still fit or not and then see if any of his clothes that are the next size up fit. It sounds complicated and time consuming but it generally takes about 15 minutes!

When I find clothes he can’t wear, I then decide if it is a piece of clothing that I really like and want to keep for a (hopeful) future baby boy or if it is an item I am going to pass on. I’ve been pretty ruthless in getting rid of clothing because I don’t want to store a bunch of clothes!

This is the box of all the clothing I’ve keep newborn through 5 months. It’s about time for a bigger box or another box!

Once I’ve finished sorting, we have a neat drawer full of clothing that he can wear! (We’re trying to be minimal with our baby clothing, he only has one drawer of clothes he can currently wear and a few items hanging in the closet!)

Investing just a few minutes once a month really helps me stay on top of what he has as well as any clothing items he may need and most importantly it keeps me sane!

8 Replies to “Organizing Baby Clothes”

  1. I wish I would have done this with my daughter. I haven't gotten rid of anything. I already have 6 large rubbermaid totes in my storage area full of her clothes. I figured I was keeping them on the off chance that we will (also hopefully) have another daughter, but with my luck, if we do, she will be born in the summer so all the appropriate sized clothes will be a season off! Good for you to be able to get rid of most of Paxon's clothes! It will now become a monumental task for me to do this!

    1. I'm sure the thought of weeding through 6 large totes is a bit daunting but you could probably knock it out in a few hours! And think about the cash you could make if you sell at Once Upon a Child or a local consignment store! That would be well worth the time!! 🙂

  2. Organizing baby clothes definitely is an ongoing job!! For saving/storing clothes that you want to keep, I recommend those space saver bags. My son will be 3 next month and we've managed to store all the clothes we want to keep (so far!) in one large size space saver bag. We keep the bag under his bed. Oh, my son only has one drawer of clothes too! 🙂

    1. Thanks for the Space Saver Bag suggestion, I hadn't thought about those!!

      I think one drawer is a great limit! It saves money and space – plus I think it's easier to get dressed when you have less to choose from!!

    1. It quickly can become chaotic! As I'm writing this, the nursery is a bit chaotic- there is a huge stack of clean diapers and clothes on top of the dresser…I just keep putting off putting stuff away! 🙂

  3. I hear you on this one! In fact, once we get time we are going to our storage unit to get out the bins of too small clothing because I am so inspired (in part by your blog) to go through them and only keep what I LOVE and what is versatile since a possible future baby girl could be born at a totally different time in the year making most of the clothes I have not weather-appropriate! Whew, that was a long sentence 🙂

    I am part way there. They are all organized by tag size so now it is just deciding what to keep! Good for you for being so organized at such a hard task!!!

    1. It is a hard task – and it is a bit emotional too since you can remember when they wore those teeny, tiny little clothes! However, it's nice to not have too much clutter and once you've decided what to get rid of and sell them, the extra cash is nice!!

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