Thursday, February 26, 2009

Dealing with outgrown clothes

Kim asked for clothing storage tips.

Living in a small house with no closet space, my clothing storage suggestions are pretty much limited to "less is better!". But I do have one tip I'd like to share.

One of the problems I used to always run into was dealing with too small clothes as the kids grew out of them (at an alarming rate, I might add). I seemed to always be dealing with overflowing drawers filled with outgrown shirts, pants and pjs and the prospect of the afternoon spent sorting, washing, folding and packing away was daunting to say the least. And I could never find things afterwards when someone asked about hand-me-downs of a certain size or gender.

BUT. I have now developed a system! (yay for systems!) I store an empty Pampers box under the changing table, next to the dresser-- fits perfectly. In this box I stack the outgrown clothes when I put away the folded laundry. When the box is full, up it goes into the attic, with a label indicating the size range and season and which child the clothes came from.

Now when I need a box of hand-me-downs for a friend, or want to take some things in to consignment I know exactly where it all is and what size and gender is in each box-- no hassle! Organized clothes for the busy, organization-challenged mom!!


Kim @ Up North Mommy said...

What a GREAT idea. Thanks so much for the tip!

Melanie J said...

I have been trying to figure out a solution to this exact problem. Thank you so much!

Herb of Grace said...

Well, what do you know! Glad to see that it was a good idea to post after all :)

Anonymous said...

What a brilliant idea!! Thank you for that!