So it’s August, which means it is time to think about back to school!!  Crazy, huh?!?!  I always have mixed emotions about back to school, because it is sad that summer is coming to an end, but it’s also nice to get back into a “normal” routine again.

We have been living out of laundry baskets the past few months, because we have been spending all out time outside!  I haven’t taken the time to put the kids’ clothes back in their drawers.  But it is time to get back in that habit again.

In order to get things organized, I need to set up the drawers to make it easy for the kids to find their clothes, along with keeping things easy for me when putting away the clothes!

Getting Clothes Ready Back To School

To get started, I grabbed my Xyron Creative Station, some old shoe boxes and some colorful paper.  I am going to line the drawers with decorative paper.  Then, I am going to cover the shoe boxes, which will be used to hold the clothes.  Finally, I will create double-sided stickers to hold the boxes in place within the drawers.  Finally, I will be showing you how to fold all the kids’ clothes!  (I shared how to fold larger clothing here!)

Materials

Supplies

Lining Drawers

1. Measure the size of the drawer.

2. Cut paper or paper pieces to fit inside the drawer.

3. Run paper through the Xyron Creative Station with the Repositionable Adhesive Refill.

Xyron

4. Attach paper to the inside of the drawer.

5. Repeat to cover all drawers.

Covering Shoe Boxes

Box

1. Measure your shoe box.

2. Cut paper to the size of measurements.

3. Using the 9″ Permanent Adhesive Refill in your Creative Station, run the paper through the machine.

4. Attach the paper to the shoe box.

5. Cover the outside of the box.

6. Repeat for all the shoe boxes!

 

I like making the shoe boxes look like a patchwork quilt for my daughter’s room.  I will be doing more blues for my son’s room.

Double-Sided Stickers

1. Cut scrap paper to small rectangles or squares.

Cutting paper

2. Using your Xyron Creative Station and the 9″ Permanent Adhesive Refill, run the paper through the machine.

3. Peel off the clear layer, but do not remove the paper from the bottom.

Remove Clear Xyron

4. Cut around the paper leaving the bottom still on the paper.

Bottoms Up

5. Placing the bottom up and paper down, run through the Creative Station again.

6. You just created double-sided stickers!

Double-Sided Sticker

Putting It All Together

1. Your drawers should be lined with paper.

2. Decide on placement of shoe boxes in drawers.  If your child has a lot of shirts, use a larger shoe box for storage of shirts.  Make sure shoe box can close in the drawer nicely before you move onto the next step.

3. Once you are happy with where the boxes are placed, take your double-sided stickers, place them at the bottom of the shoe boxes.

Stickers On Box Bottom

4. Put the shoe box back into the drawer.

5. Repeat until all your drawers have the proper shoe boxes.

Drawers

Folding Clothes

put away shirt

Now onto folding the clothes!  At first I thought that folding clothing standing up was more of a waste, until I actually tried it.  It has saved me time and money because I can see everything in my drawers, rather than just the top few items.  There are a few ways you can fold the clothes, but I am going to be showing you how I fold my kids’ clothes.

1. Take shirt and place it with the label on the ground.

2. Fold one arm side in to the center, about a third of the shirt.

3. Fold the other side in to make another third.

4. Taking the neckline of the shirt, fold down about a third of the shirt.

5. Take the bottom of the shirt and fold it about a third of the shirt.

6. The shirt should be able to stand up!

7. Place in shoe box.

8. Repeat for all shirts.

How To Fold Shirts

To fold shorts, I fold them from the waistband.  I fold over about a third.  Then fold another third of the shorts.

 

For pants, I fold them in half.  Then I take the bottom and the top of the pants and fold them to touch each other, which is about a fourth of the pants.  Then I fold again.

 

I like to think “one-third, one-third, fold, fold” for shirts.  And “fold, touch, fold” for pants.

 

Now that you have ALL my tricks for getting the clothing ready for school, it is your turn to start setting up the kids’ drawers, folding clothes, and getting back-to-school ready!!

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About The Organized Mama

My name is Jessica and I am the founder and creative director of The Organized Mama, a professional organizing firm and blog. I was born and raised in Minnesota and currently live in Illinois. I graduated Indiana University with a degree in elementary education. My passion is teaching others how to live an organized life. I am a certified professional organizer with the National Association of Productivity and Organizational Professionals (NAPO).

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