The War on Clutter: Managing my children’s clothes from size to size

by Melody on February 23, 2012

I am officially waging war on the clutter in our house over the next few months.  I’m going to be tackling one room at a time, making sure that each item in our house is useful, functional or just loved.  If you’re following along with me, I’m loosely following the recommendations of Stephanie O’Dea from her outrageously amazing Totally Together planner.

The focus from this past week was to organize and go through my children’s clothes.  I generally do this on a day-to-day basis so it never gets too overwhelming, but thought I would share my process anyway.

We have 2 boys about 21 months apart, which has definitely streamlined the process.  We are never holding on to clothes for very long, especially since my boys are not tiny in any sense of the word.  Plus, I swear the minute I start to get comfortable with them wearing one size, they’ve shot up another two.  How does this happen?

Here’s the breakdown for you:

My sweet Little Dude wears the clothes until they are busting at the seams.

When either of my boys have grown out of their clothes, they go into this basket to be organized.  I try to stay on top of it, but it often times starts falling over from the sheer weight of clothes before I get to sorting.

Clothes that my older son has outgrown goes into these labeled Ziploc storage bags.  I have bags for each size, plus an additional bag for shoes and winter clothing.  If you look closely, you can see a pudgy little hand in the background.  He was “helping”.

My good friend Sarah has a sweet Little Dude who is almost 1.  Any clothes that don’t fit either of my boys get passed on to him.  This makes the separation process easier for me, as I get to see them on a cute babe one more time before passing them on for good.

When Sarah returns the clothes to me, they get thrown in the Giant Pile o’ Stuff that is earmarked for the children’s consignment sale at Columbia Community Church in Richland (registration is now open if you’re interested!).

I don’t pass on or get rid of everything, I’m not overly sentimental but I do have a soft side for my Little Dude’s clothes.  I judiciously save a few items, like the Big Brother shirt my oldest wore to the hospital when my youngest was born.  I also saved one of the newborn baseball onesies that both my kids wore, just as a reminder of how small they once were.  I saved a few of my favorite shirts that they wore and the most adorable pair of camouflage baby Crocs you’ve ever seen.  At this point, I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them, but I just can’t bear to give them away.

I do have to admit that I think my process is significantly streamlined by the fact that I have 2 boys.  I’d love input from those of you with both boys and girls or with more kids than me.  How do you stay organized?  Please share your tips and tricks!

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