My boys have a lot of clothes! It was overwhelming until I came up with a system to organize and store clothes. Because my boys are two years apart, I am lucky enough to save money with hand-me-downs. I would misplace clothes and miss the opportunity to take advantage of using them again when I wasn't organized. That wasn't working for me!
I decided to get some plastic storage bins. I got ten, because this allows us to buy sizes ahead when we find clothes at yard sales or thrift stores. I keep one bin for each size and season. Sometimes, it turns into two bins!
How the System Works to Store Clothes
Right now, the boys have Summer Sizes 7 and 8 in their closets. My bins in the attic are labeled "Winter Size 7," "Winter S (8-10)," "Summer S (8-10)," and so on. I have one bin that has half summer and half winter for the same size. To see how those are divided, I also labeled them on the inside of the container. This allows me to quickly sort any new clothes I'm adding to the bins. Right now, I have enough bins for all of the sizes. If I run out of bins and still have bigger clothes, then I designate one bin and label it "Bigger Clothes."
I began by taping labels to the fronts of the bins but found an easier way. Now I have clear plastic page protectors attached to the front of each bin. I can easily slide the labels in and out as I need to switch sizes. One other piece of advice: I found that using light-colored paper for the dark attic space works best. It was difficult to read the writing on dark paper.
Once Brady, my youngest, grows out of his clothes, they go immediately into my pile for our local Kids Market. That is a place where you can consign your children's things and a great way to make some extra money for Christmas season.
Since the bins are stored in the attic, I have a shelf in the garage to store new clothes until I get enough to make it worthwhile to pull the ladder down. Then, I separate them and put them in their respective bins.
I have a similar way to store shoes for the boys. Instead of doing sizes, I have a box for each boy. Sizes on shoes are so different for each pair! When a new season is coming around, we typically have a big shoe party in the family room. It looks like a tornado came and dropped off piles of shoes, but there's a method to the madness! Each of them goes through their bin and sorts them into piles of too small, fits, and too big. I can then easily have them take the ones that fit to their closets and put the other piles in the appropriate bin or get it ready for Kids Market if they're too small for both of them.
Do you have any strategies to store clothes? Please share!!