People love to shop for babies, especially little girls. I totally get it because I am one of those people. I cannot resist adorable, tiny, outfits. I especially love when they are outfits that I would wear if they came in adult sizes like pretty sundresses and cute tops with pants and fabulous shoes (not your typical baby/toddler fare with characters and the like, but outfits that mimic today’s trends- suffice it to say, A owns a lot of chambray and oddly, I own none!).
Seriously though, A dresses way better than I do and I am totally on board with it. Girlfriend has Uggs, moccasins, an enviable collection of leggings, sundresses that I wish came in my size. This also means that I have a lot of organizing to do on a regular basis because our big girl outgrows these things quickly. I have done a mediocre job of keeping these organized up until now but this past weekend I decided that it was time to make a change and put these away in an organized manner.
Based on my experience this past weekend, here are some tips for organizing old baby clothes:
- Start by washing and folding all of the clothes. Because it’s always better to store clean clothes.
- Don’t be afraid to get rid of items that are really stained or in very poor condition.
- Group and store everything by size for easy access and to make life easier if you are planning on donating the clothes. I went with plastic bins in hopes that there would be less of a chance of the clothes getting ruined (they are stored in our basement and even though it’s dry, you never know). You will find printable labels for sizes up to 24 months.
- I also store accessories, swaddles and other age specific items with their appropriate age group.
- Use zipper plastic bags to keep socks and other small items together in one place. I labeled each bag with a sharpie.
- Make a tally as you go along so that you can keep track of how many of each item you have. At the end of this post you will be able to access printables to help with this. I actually picked up plastic sleeves which I attached to each bin for easy access This not only served as a label for each bin, but I now know exactly what I have of each item, so if I need to get something that we’re short on for the next baby, I’ll know very quickly. Additionally, I’ll have a list of everything grouped by size for if I eventually donate the clothes.
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