Organizing and storing outgrown baby clothes is a common problem for every other mother in particular and a family in general. Every couple receives many baby clothes from family and friends as presents on different occasions like baby showers, birthdays, Christmas, etc. Beside, parents usually do a fair amount of shopping for their kids according to their needs as well.
The reason behind the gathering of many baby clothes is the fast rate of growth among children. They outgrow their clothes very quickly, sometimes before the right time or season approaches. All this collection leads to the problem of organizing and storing them for the next baby or the next season.
How you are going to stock all this extra stuff is dependent upon the closet space, drawers or cupboards you already have or plan to purchase in the future.
First of all clean up all the unused closets and cupboards you have at home and evaluate the space they possess. Decide on how you want to keep your child's clothes. If you wish to keep them washed and wrinkle free, go for separate hangers or a hanger cascade. The problem with hangers is the space they occupy. Space occupied by hangers can be utilized for other purposes or may be left empty forcoming stock. Also, some of the baby clothes are too little to be stored on hangers.
While standing those extra clothes, it is always wise to organize them then and there. This will allow you to pick up the clothes later on easily and quickly. You can create dividing sections according to the size, gender or types of cloths. Either you can do it by inviting a carpenter or you can simply do it by yourself. Trust me it is a lot of fun to make tags and paint the closets and closet dividers while waiting for the new guest.
If you are willing to fold your baby clothing rather than hanging them, you should opt for the option of shelving in the closets. Shelving will provide great comfort in sorting clothes out plus will provide space for baby accessories such as shoes, stockings, hats, bibs etc. If you have fabric fabric shelving, remember to look for quality stuff, as a low quality fabric divider will easily collapse under the weight of the clothes.
What do you do if your house does not have enough closets or you have older children occupying those closets, or you simply do not feel like using those closets as a storage facility? If that is the case you should go for vacuum storage bags. This option is especially good for people who want to store clothing for a longer period of time. Fold all the clothes and stuff them into a bag and put it away in garage or attic without worrying about bugs, insects or mildew. The disadvantage associated with this type of storage is the washing and ironing of clothes once they are taken out to be worn. But I personally think that wherever you store your family clothing it needs to be washed once they are taken out, so I guess it is no major drawback.
A wicker basket, hamper or storage bench is another option to store outgrown clothes. This is especially workable for babies with less of an age difference, as you would need the clothes soon and packing and unpacking from vacuum bags will be a troubling job to do. There are beautiful wicker baskets and hampers available in the market. You can buy the one that is compatible with the kid's bedroom décor to add magnificence to the room.
Once you have decided on the way you are going to store your baby's clothing, it's time to sort and organize them before actually putting them away in their relative closets. Let me figure out some of the means by which you can sort out the collection of extra clothing.
- By size – The easiest way of sorting and storing clothes, but the problem is with the appropriate size guide. Some of the T-shirts are appropriate for a 2 -4 year old child, depending upon the growth and build of the child.
- By season – Sorting by season is a popular but a hassle demanding method to adopt. At the end of every season you would have to take the new stock out and put away the old ones.
- By gender – For families with only one baby this option is suitable. Keeping the unisex clothes apart from the gender specific clothes can make the job of searching easier because many onsies and jeans are unisex and it may be worth storing these apart to avoid having to go through lots of clothing should the need arise.
- By type – A very popular and the most effective way of organizing clothes. With this method you do not have to go through the whole stack to look for a particular pair of jeans, rather you would know the exact location of any specific cloth.
- Combining – Finding the best combination of the above methods could be another option, especially if you have more than one kid of different age groups or have too many clothes to organize.