Since we moved back into our house after the kitchen renovation, I have been putting off organizing the kids’ clothes in their drawers. At the time, it was fall going on winter, so I didn’t want to take the time to get the clothes organized and then have to change out the clothes for the season.
Boy was that a mistake!
I guess I needed to take some of my own advice and just organize the drawers and worry about swapping out clothing later.
So I got to work on organizing the kids’ clothes that were in their dresser drawers. I have a system for clothes that are too small (which I will be sharing later this month)! Because of that, this was not a major organization overhaul. This was more of a refining my system organizing session.
Empty Out Everything
The first step in all my organizing projects is to empty out everything. I do this for a couple of reasons. First, it helps you visualize a clear space. Second, you can actually clean the space you will be working with. And third, because it is easier when things are not in a specific place if they are not working.
So everything from the drawers were cleared out. Lying on the floor on the bedroom so I could clean out the drawers.
Then I lined the drawers. I always try to line the drawers so that they stay clean. I typically use wrapping paper. My secret reason is because if it gets dirty/torn/worn out, I can just recycle it. I don’t do anything special to keep the wrapping paper “stuck” to the drawer. I put things over the wrapping paper, which ends up holding it in place.
I have a full tutorial for how I do this over on my YouTube channel!!
Store In Shoe Boxes
Once all the drawers are lined, it’s time to focus on storing the clothes. I love using shoe boxes to store clothes. Seriously! I even wrote up a post about how I decorate them to make them cute!!
I do this so I can store the clothes standing up. By standing up clothes, it helps my kids see what they have in their drawers so they can get themselves dressed independently.
I also use these plastic storage baskets if I am running low on shoe boxes. I feel the balance of the shoe boxes and the plastic storage baskets are perfect for kids.
Teach How To Use
Once all the clothes are put away, I spend a good amount of time teaching the kids how to use the system. This is a HUGE step in keeping kids organized!
I start by going through each drawer and showing the kids what is in each drawer. Then I grab a load of laundry. When I am folding the clothes, I ask the kids which drawer that particular item goes. For my three-year-old, this games lasts for about 2 minutes. Because of that, I try to do a shirt, pair of pants, underwear, and socks. Then she goes off and plays.
My son, who is 4.5 years old, is starting to help put the clothes away. I know this is huge!! I think I got so lucky with him because he is an organized kid…. runs in the family! He likes to keep things tidy and doesn’t like to hold onto unnecessary thing. If a shirt is too small, he puts it in the pile of clothes that are too small without me asking!
Now, I know not every 4-year-old is like mine, but teaching them how to keep their clothes organized is a life skill that they need to know. Regardless of how they keep up with the organizational system I created is another thing, but if they can learn to treat their clothing with care, then I know I have taught them a valuable lesson!!
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