If you are overwhelmed by outgrown onesies and miniature socks, it is time to organize your little one's closet. These ingenious hacks and tips for organizing baby clothes will ensure that you're on the right track, effectively saving you precious time, money, and a bit of your sanity. You won't have to worry about tantrum-filled trying-on episodes or one-handed dresser fishing. Read on to discover clothes organization hacks that will make your life easier.
1. Add an extra closet rail
If there is not enough room in your growing fashionista’s wardrobe, consider installing a second rail in his/her wardrobe beneath the top one to double up the hanging space. This is doable because baby clothes are small and do not require as much hanging space as adult clothes. By adding a second rail, you will also have more room for vertical storage, which in turn leaves you with more space to store items such as toys, diapers, towels, and blankets.
2. Invest in closet dividers
Getting a lot of baby clothes in preparation for a new arrival or hand-me-downs from family and friends can be a bit overwhelming and throw you in a loop in terms of organization. To avoid chaos and disorder, sort those items by season, type, and size, and keep them separate using hanging tags that indicate the different categories.
3. Use clever clips
Although they are effective closet organizers, clip hangers are expensive, which doesn’t make them worthwhile especially for a kid’s closet. Instead of spending your money on them, consider hitting your local dollar store for packs of clothespins. Organize your little one’s two-piece outfits by hanging the top as you normally would and clipping the skirts or pants to the bottom part of the hanger.
4. Make the most out of baskets
Wicker baskets can be used to store your kids’ towels and pajamas. You can store these storage baskets under your child’s bed for easy access. Alternatively, you can purchase some plastic crates and hooks and create easy hanging storage.
5. Door storage
If you don’t have enough space, consider going vertical by making use of the space on your little one’s closet doors. One way you can create door storage is by mounting a vertical, track-based storage set-up to the back of a closet door, and then add baskets and/or shelving. You can store things like socks and accessories here.
6. Clever shoe organizer
If you are having trouble organizing shoes, socks, and other small items (undies, diapers, bathing suits, etc.) consider using an over-the-door pocket organizer. This is an inexpensive way to add more storage space in your child’s closet, and since you hang it over the back of the closet door, you don’t have to worry about overloading your closet road.
7. Hang shoes on a rail
Because they are so tiny, baby shoes tend to get lost quite often. A great solution to this problem involves hanging an inexpensive suspension rod in your little one’s closet and using curtain rings to hang their shoes in pairs. By displaying the shoes this way, it becomes easy for you to pick a pair out.
8. Try out a chalkboard dresser
If you have an old chest of drawers at your disposal, try dressing it up with a coat of chalkboard paint, adding visual cues on where specific clothing can be found. For example, one drawer can be labeled “underpants”, another “t-shirts”, another “pajamas”, and so on. You can involve your kids in this DIY project by having them help you with the design to match their personality.
9. Storage bins
You can never go wrong with storage bins. You can keep them in your child’s closet or drawer and use them to store items separately. Storage bins are great for storing socks, underwear, scarves, headbands, and other accessories.
10. A rolling wardrobe caddy
Consider investing in a rolling wardrobe/diaper caddy for your storage needs. This can be used as a portable dressing station and serve as an alternative to a bulky dresser. You can place your portable caddy next to the changing table so that you have all that you need to dress and undress your little one.
11. Hook-up soft-knit baskets
If you prefer a more unconventional way to organize your kids’ clothes, consider hook-up soft-knit baskets. To create this storage solution, you will need a couple of hooks and a set of soft-knit baskets that feature suspension loops. For even more space, you can try hooking up canvas bags as well, which you can use to store blankets, toys, and other nursery essentials.
12. Store folded items vertically
Neatly fold your kids’ clothes and store them in the closet or drawer vertically. Stacking clothes on top of each other is hardly ideal as it will make it difficult for you to find things you need later on, plus you will have to keep re-folding clothes to maintain neatness.
13. Hang bottoms on s-hooks
Hang your little one's shorts and pants on s-hooks. This is an organization hack that makes these items more compact, plus you will have an easier time selecting a pair of bottoms for your kid to wear.
14. Have cast-off bins
When organizing your child’s closet, ensure that you have space for cast-off bins. These are accessible pre-assigned spaces for clothes that your child doesn’t need any more for any of the following reasons:
- The items are overly worn, faded, ripped, or torn
- The items are gently worn, but your child doesn’t need them anymore. Clothes stored in this bin can be donated so that they don’t take up space unnecessarily.
- The items are too small for your child, but you want to keep them for younger siblings to wear when they’re old enough.
At the end of the day, the outfit you pick out for your kid doesn't matter – what is important is that you can find the item you need when you need it. As a mom, having the assurance that you don't need to tear your house apart to find your little one's favorite shoes or jacket allows some peace of mind. The above-suggested clothes organization hacks can help you achieve this.