I mentioned this a few weeks ago and I am finally getting it posted. This has worked wonders for us and it has been a few weeks now and the system is still working great.
I was reading in a magazine about repurposing things and found a tip to use shoeboxes to organize and separate socks in drawers.
So something clicked for me and I headed straight off to Walmart to buy a cartload of sterilite plastic shoeboxes priced at $.96 each.
I marched home and started with my own dresser- I have a whole mess of tank tops that I wear daily. A bunch of camisoles for layering, tank tops for the gym, dry fit running tops etc..
Before it was a little maddening to try and sift through the mess of tanks in the drawer trying to find the right one. I just folded each one in squares and fit about 6-8 of them per shoebox. I divided them by category- camisoles, t-shirts, basic tanks and gym tanks. Each dresser drawer fits 4 shoeboxes perfectly.
Now this particular dresser drawer was overflowing before- a total mess. I found I had so much space! I have 30 tops in there right now and there is still room for a few more shirts.
So then I moved on to my little girls. They both have a lot of clothes and again trying to find specifically what I wanted was such a pain. We seem to have the same things over and over stuffed on top and that was basically what the kids would wear… which frustrates me because the drawers are overflowing yet they wear the same thing over and over!
So I organized all the girl’s clothing the same way.
This is my 5 year olds bottoms drawer- she has several skirts, shorts, jeans etc… all folded and tucked into the bins.
It makes it so easy to see everything they have at a quick glance.
My 2 year old tends to get grabby and I have to refold items here and there but my 5 year old has been really good. I can find the items I want so much faster and the girls are learning that they need to take care of their things and not just wad up clothing and cram it into the dresser.
I did take the time to make little labels for each box but that was really to serve as a guide for my husband when he puts the clothing away. I just put little labels on the back of the bins- if you are short on time you could even just use post it notes.
So this did take a little time to set up but overall it has made things much easier and faster in the morning!
You can see the way I sorted and stored little shoes here.
Anyone else have tips for organizing children’s clothing?