Essential Tips for Organizing Your Kids’ Wardrobe Efficiently

During pregnancy, you wanted everything in order. Now, with clothes from baby showers and hand-me-downs, organizing baby clothes seems tough.

Baby clothes, though small, can pile up quickly.

Here are some tips to keep baby clothes organized and manageable.


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How To Organize Baby Clothes

Sort By Size

First things first, separate baby clothes by size and put them into piles. Doing this will help organize everything more smoothly.

Once you have all the clothes sorted by size, hang them up or fold them. Hanging clothes can help you see everything at a glance, while folding can save space. Choose the method that works best for you and your space.

Stash Away Smaller Sizes

After organizing by size, you’ll notice that your baby won’t wear all of them right away.

If you have enough closet space, go ahead and hang them all up. However, if you’re short on space or want to be efficient with the space you have, pack up and store older sizes that your baby won’t need soon. Use storage bins or vacuum bags to save space and keep clothes in good condition.

Label Storage Bins

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While you’re storing older sizes, label the storage bins.

Labeling bins with the sizes and types of clothes inside will save you time later. When your baby outgrows their current clothes, you can quickly find the next size up. This system ensures you can easily access the right clothes as your baby grows, keeping everything organized and within reach.

By sorting, stashing, and labeling, you can manage your baby’s clothes efficiently and keep your space tidy.

Regularly Clear Out Clothes

Baby clothes are sized in three-month increments: newborn, 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months, 12-18 months, and so forth. After the first year, the sizing structure changes.

A good practice is to clear out clothes every three months. Collect all the clothes your baby currently wears and sort them into three categories:

  • Clothes that still fit
  • Clothes that no longer fit
  • Clothes that are rarely worn or are stained

Not all clothes in the closet or dresser get used. You likely have favorite outfits and some that are rarely worn.

By regularly clearing out clothes every three months, you can easily see what your baby no longer needs.

Donate or Store Unused Clothes

Donate or Store Unused Clothes

After sorting your baby’s clothes into categories, decide what to do with those not in use.

Consider these options:

  • Pass them to friends or family
  • Donate to a local charity
  • Save for future babies

If any clothes are too worn or stained, feel free to dispose of them.

Bring Out Larger Sizes

When clearing out old clothes, remember to bring out the larger sizes for your baby.

If many clothes from the 3-6 month category no longer fit, it’s time to bring out the 6-9 month bin. Sort through them and apply the previous tips.

After sorting, decide whether to hang the clothes or place them in drawers.

Set Zones and Maximize Dresser Space

You’ve become skilled at sorting and separating your baby’s clothes, but now you need to find a place for everything.

First, decide where each item should go and set up zones. For instance, pants and sleepers might go in the dresser, while onesies and outfits can be placed in the closet.

This is just one example. After taking inventory of your baby’s clothes, create zones based on your nursery or room setup and decide where everything should be stored.

Set Zones and Maximize Dresser Space

Note: Organize the dresser by prioritizing from top to bottom. Place the most frequently used items in the top drawer and the least used items in the bottom drawer.

To maximize dresser storage, add space dividers inside the drawers.

Onesies and pants don’t take up much space, so using a divider can help keep them separated and organized.

Organize Your Baby’s Closet

The closet needs organizing too. Start with closet divider labels, marking each size: newborn, 0-3 months, 3-6 months, and so on.

Baby clothes don’t take up much vertical space. Add an extra rail at the bottom of the closet to double the hanging area.

To use the space efficiently, hang onesies upside down. Snap the bottom part of the onesie around the hanger, allowing you to hang more than one onesie per hanger. This method can fit two or three onesies on a single hanger.

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Consider an over-the-door pocket organizer for small items like socks, wipes, creams, hats, or tiny shoes.

Add a cube organizer inside the closet. Choose the size that fits best and use storage bins that slide into it. This maximizes space for toys, swaddles, blankets, or clothing that your baby can’t wear yet. Label each storage bin for easy access.

Add a Laundry Basket to the Closet

Slimline base cabinets with reduced depth can create the illusion of more floor space while maintaining a standard cupboard appearance. While you may not be able to store bulky items in these cabinets, consider hanging pots and pans from the ceiling or utensils from hooks underneath cupboards to maximize storage efficiency.

Add a Laundry Basket to the Closet

Use a Rolling Cart

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends room-sharing for the first six months, which can make organizing baby clothes tricky.

If space is limited, use a rolling cart for clothes storage. It can hold go-to outfits and extra onesies, and its mobility lets you move essentials from room to room.

Use the cart to store sleepers, diapers, and wipes for easy changes, especially at night or early morning.

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