22 Ways to Organize Kids Clothes

I’ve been very busy around here organizing the ridiculous amount of kids clothes we have. Since we do plan on having more children, and since baby Xia will grow into Jada’s clothing, I am keeping everything that we have.

plastic Tupperware containers filled with kids clothes

We get a lot of hand-me-downs too, such a blessing! That means that so far I have everything for a girl from newborn to size 7, plus some 8-10’s I’ve picked up to save for Jada to grow into. And I have everything for a boy from newborn to size 5! That is a LOT of clothes!

How do I keep up with it all? Well, up until now I’ve just been throwing them into a storage tub as they’ve outgrown stuff.

They were somewhat sorted, but I was guilty of mixing things up as well. I spent the good part of yesterday and this morning sorting things into proper tubs, and labeling everything. You have to label!

Here is the ultimate round-up to help give you an idea of how to keep things looking good (and staying organized!) in the future.

Here are some tips to help you keep your kids’ clothes organized and out of the way!

Label, Label, Label

I already mentioned that labeling is important – but I’ll say it here again just to really drive the point home! You’ve got to label absolutely everything or you’re going to go bananas.

labeled plastic container filled with girls shoes

I found some bumper sticker paper in our office supplies, so I printed off some nice labels for my tubs. Everything has the gender, clothing and shoe sizes labeled on them. This will make it so much easier to find what I’m looking for!

Find a Great Storage Place

One of the most important things to do when you’re trying to figure out where to store clothes for the long term (I’m not talking about the daily wear items here, but instead, the ones that you only need once or twice a year), is to store them in totes. That way, you can stash them all out of the way.

Where in the world do you store all of those totes, you ask? In my husband’s storage building, since we don’t have a basement. He built a nice loft area above his workshop.

That’s my spot, where he so generously allows me to store anything I want. (And I’m very grateful for the extra space!) That’s where our winter clothes and maternity stuff goes, too.

The workshop loft might not be an option for you – and that’s okay! Just make sure you find a spot that works well for you, your family, and your unique organizational needs. It could be the basement, the attic, or the garage – but make sure you store wisely.

Have a Dedicated Spot for Everyone and Everything

If you have multiple children sharing a room, make sure each kid has his or her own spot for their clothing. This can help avoid confusion and “stolen” clothing items!

Another tip is to dedicate a specific spot for each type of clothing item. You could have one drawer for tops and another for pajamas, another for socks and underwear, and so on.

Think Vertically

The Marie Kondo method of storing clothing recommends keeping all items in drawers. You might be wondering how that could ever be possible – fitting all of your kids’ clothing into drawers? No way!

The reality is that you can fit a lot more clothing than you might think when you switch your mindset.

Store it upright by folding it and standing it up vertically. You’ll reduce a lot of the closet space you once needed and it will be much easier for you to see what you have when you store it in this way.

Since you aren’t stacking clothes on top of each other, it will also be easier for your kids to see and select what they want to wear without disrupting the entire organizational system you’ve created in the drawers. Genius!

Make it All Accessible

Wouldn’t your life be so much easier if you could convince your kids to keep their own closets tidy?

You can – by making everything accessible. Create a system that works for your entire family – and one that is easy for your children to maintain for themselves.

You can have double rods for you to hang clothes on as well as open shelving and bins that are easy for the littlest organizers to access with their tiny hands. Baskets help, too!

Use Space Saving Hangers

Your biggest enemy in organizing your closets might be that you aren’t using the right kinds of hangers. Consider switching to a slimline hanger. These use less room than traditional ones so you can store more clothing without having to pack them in quite so tightly. Plus, they’re non-slip – no more half-hung up shirts or pants in the closet!

Double Up

I already mentioned the idea of double rods when I was talking about how to make things more accessible. However, this is a tip that’s worthy of mention again. Double rods work wonders when it comes to organizing a closet.

Kids can put their own clothing away on laundry day so you don’t have to if you use lower rods that let them access their own space. You won’t have to worry about the chore – and it teaches them valuable organizational skills.

Come Up With a Kid-Friendly System

Enlist the help of your kids in creating a kid-friendly storage space and system for keeping things neat and tidy.

The system should be one that makes sense to you but more importantly one that makes sense to your kids. It might involve hanging similar items together so your kids can pick out their own clothes and put them away quickly or it might involve color-coordinating gear and hanging it by category.

You should also consider height when you’re developing your system. You might be able to reach everything in the closet with ease, but your kids probably can’t. Use lower shelves for often-used toys and clothing and higher shelves for out-of-season clothes and infrequently used items.

Whatever the case may be, come up with a system that works for everyone – and stick to it!

Baskets and Bins to the Rescue

Bins and baskets work great for tiny hands. Not only do they help control the buildup of clutter but they also make it easy when it comes to finding things.

You can use a mix of different containers to suit the variety of items your kid’s closet needs to contain. Whether it’s shoes or toys or stuffed animals, fun baskets (especially collapsible ones!) will keep everything within reach.

Color Coordination is Key

When you’re trying to stay organized and keep track of everything that needs to be stored, color coordination is huge. You can store all toys of a similar type in similar color baskets as a way to stay organized and make it easier for your kids to find what they need.

Make a Special Shoe Spot

It’s no secret that kids’ shoes often end up in a jumbled mess on the floor. Avoid this by giving your kids a special place to stash their shoes. Whether it’s in bins or baskets or even on shelves with multiple tiers, find a functional solution that works well for your family.

Use the Door

Consider investing in a few hanging over-the-door organizers. These work well for shoes but you don’t have to rely on them solely for that purpose alone. They’re also great for storing things like stuffed animals, toys, and clothes.

Hooks to the Rescue

A few centrally-located hooks will make it easy for your kids to get their bags, jackets, jewelry, or scarves organized – leading to a much more organized closet. Choose colorful, attractive options to add charm and functionality to a cluttered closet.

Not feeling the hooks? Why not add some pegboards? THese are great, especially for teenagesr and “tween”agers with an overabundance of accessories. You can add hooks to the pegboard and easily rearrange them to accommodate more purses, scarves, hats, and jewelry.

Add an Outfit Planning Zone

If you’re sick of the early morning drama when it comes time to get dressed, an outfit planning zone might be a good choice. You can label each compartment with a day of the week, then separate out each day’s outfit into the corresponding spot. Make sure you add underwear and socks so things are truly as easy as can be!

Set Up a Laundry Section

If you have enough room for it, consider putting a laundry hamper or basket in the corner of the closet. This can help keep those never-ending piles of dirty clothes under control!

Sort Out Extra Sizes

Parents of very young children may find it difficult to keep on top of the ever changing sizes of clothing that their kids seem to go through! If that’s the case in your household, try keeping a few next size up pieces on deck by using paper dividers or different colored hangers to separate each size.

Similarly, you can keep a basket in the closet to place too-small clothing items. As soon as the basket fills up, you’ll know it’s time to go through them to donate or pass down to family members and friends.

Use Clear Storage Containers

Storage containers are helpful when it comes to being able to keep everything confined to one space. However, the downside is that it can be tough to see all the options that are available. Use clear storage containers or wire baskets to make it easier on yourself (and your kids).

That said, know that drawers that can be closed can help contain the chaos a bit better – and can offer a more streamlined appearance.

Determine What Needs to Go or Stay

When you organize the closets, make sure you’re taking an inventory of what your kids truly need and wear. While it might be nice in theory to fill your kids’ closets with lots of clothing, the reality is that it will make things more cluttered (meaning it’s harder to find clothes they an actually wear and also that they’ll outgrow clothing items before they get the chance to wear them – simply because they can’t find them!).

Be sure to keep a donated bag or bin on hand so that you can tackle seasonal switches and organizational projects with ease.

Keep a List of What is Needed

Sometimes you won’t be trying to organize what you do have – but instead, thinking of things that you don’t have and need. If that’s the case, it’s a good idea to keep a running list of everything you need.

After all your purging, sit down and make a list of what you need to shop for. It could be undies that are too small or PJs that are so worn out they barely fit properly. Make a detailed list of what you need to stock up on and it will make your life that much easier the next time you go shopping!

Wash Before Storing

If you plan on storing clothes that aren’t needed for the particular season, make sure you wash them first. This will take a lot of stress out of the equation later – especially because stains due to things like breast milk often don’t appear right away and only later, after being stored. This can be hugely frustrating!

Sort by Size Gender, and Season

When packing clothes away, do yourself a favor and label them by season, size, and gender. That way, it will be easy for you to find what you need exactly when you need it.

Rearrange as Needed

Don’t be afraid to revisit your closet organization system as your kids get older. You may need to install kits with expanding shelves and telescoping rods or switch up how you have things organized. It’s okay! That doesn’t mean your organizational system has failed – it just means that it’s growing with your family.

Some people find it helpful to approach clothing organization in a three-part way. You can do this once or twice a year (I like to do it once in the spring and once again in the fall). First, I set aside a few hours to go through the closet for a seasonal switch and organization. Then, I sort.

When I sort, I separate out all the clothing into four categories – keep, donate, repurpose, or trash.

Once I have a clear idea of what needs to go and what should stay, I find a specific place for each clothing item.

plastic containers filled with kids clothes

Organizing Kids Clothes: A Process, but Worth It!

While sorting the clothes, I’ve also taken this opportunity to pull out stuff we don’t need, clothing I know I’ll never use, and put it all into a sell/donate pile. I found a LOT of stuff to toss, enough to free up another large tub! Maybe I’ll make a little extra money selling some of it.

It will be nice to have everything all organized. This way I’ll know what I need (more 2T girls stuff), and what I have plenty of, so I won’t overbuy at yard sales. Almost finished!!

So, what about you? Do you hang onto everything, or is it easier for you to sell it and buy more as you go? How do you make it work in your home?

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last update: Rebekah Pierce on 12/06/2021

15 thoughts on “22 Ways to Organize Kids Clothes”

  1. In my family us kids were so far apart in age that we hardly ever had hand me downs. My brother was 4yrs younger and my sister was 11yrs (styles were vastly different). The only thing I got handed down to me was when one of my dad’s co-workers daughter would send things over that were personalized, because we shared the same first name.

    My best friend from college was blessed when her second daugter was born because a lady from their church gave them enough girl clothes to last the baby… years. My friend put the clothes in vacum bags and put them under her bed. Never once has she had to buy the now 1yr old clothes.

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  2. This is what I do with my kids clothes too, I started when my oldest was born I was given alot of hand-me-downs. Now with my second son I just pull out the bins when I need them, it is a great organizational thing to have. I also write on the tops with a Sharpie!

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  3. I have tubs too, and they are labeled like yours are. I have two boys and one girl with another baby on the way (we don’t find out the gender ahead of time) so I save everything I can. I also try to limit HOW MUCH I have of each, and I combine some things. For example, my 0-3 months, 3-6 months, and 6-9 months tubs each have all of my boy, girl and neutral things combined. This way I can pull out the correct size onesies or jeans no matter if it’s a boy or girl. I don’t have separate boy/girl tubs until the 12 months size when everything is pretty much gender specifc. (Though I do put my daughter in some of the boy jeans and pjs depending on what the needs are). And if a tub starts getting too full (you know, the lid won’t fit!) then I downsize and get rid of my least favorite things so I only have the things I love. It seems if I don’t like an outfit, I never put my kid in it anyway, so why keep it?

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  4. The spacebags are pretty pricey. I bought mine on sale.. or clearance. I haven’t had any of them refill on me. Possibly because I put them inside containers so they don’t get handled directly unless I need something? Between mice & basement humidity the bags were amazing. I reccomend them, but best bought on sale.

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  5. I’ve heard of doing it that way too. But this is something I worry about here in our area w/ our very high humidity. My stuff/clothes get moldy quick & how are you going to be sure that it doesn’t do that when you stick it in the attic or storage??

    Besides that, I think that is a great idea!!
    But for me, because of the humidity & lack of storage I’m just going to sell at consignment & yard sales what I can, then give away the rest. And buy what I need at those same places. I’m one where less works better for me anyway.

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  6. Yep – w/foster kids coming and going, I save a lot of clothes. Right now though it seems our family will be set for a few months so I’ve ‘shared the love’ w/a few others. A lot of our clothes were hand-me-downs in good shape and I think it’s important to pass some things on rather than letting them sit in storage when there is a need. It’s a good balance for us =) I am curious to see what people think about the cost of the space bags vs. the bins…??

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  7. We did labled space bags inside totes. We have mice (seems to be a neverending battle) and I liked the added protection of the space bags. Though, recently I donated all our stored stuff that our boys have outgrown. We may want more kids eventually, but there was so much sitting unused (my baby is 4 1/2) it seemed almost wasteful. There was a family on freecycle expecting a surprise, and I decided to bless them with the things we weren’t using. We’re trying to get organized and trim down so we can get repairs done here and sell this palce to get a homestead of our own. So it seemed like the right thing all around for us.

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  8. We have 2 boys and a baby girl, so far I have saved everything from my oldest son to give to my youngest son and it has been an extreme blessing as to not to really have to worry about clothes for the second one. I still buy him a few new things each year when we do back to school shopping and also for holidays.

    Our baby girl is almost 8 mos old and so far her clothes, the majority have been from yard sales and hand me downs.

    We are good with our family size and so now I will be passing my daughters clothes onto a friend who is due with her first child-a girl- in September.

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  9. What a good idea. I knew about storing them in storage tubs but not labeling them by the size and putting the shoes in with them to. I always just throwing them in a trash bag. Now I just need to go and get some totes. Thanks for the ideas.:)

    Have a great day.:)
    Sharon:)

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  10. I just did this a couple of months ago. I used space bags, though. You know, the bags you suck all the air out of to take up less space. Then I labeled the bags and put them into labeled totes. My husband put a floor down in one attic that had been unusable, and now we store all those clothes as well as baby toys in there. So far I’ve saved everything that my older daughter has worn, and my sister has given me all of her girl clothes, so my younger daughter will have lots to choose from! 🙂

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  11. I had my kids fairly close together, so clothes only take a quick hiatus before ending up in another’s dresser. And my girl? Rocks the boy clothes. She doesn’t need an *entirely* different wardrobe when plain boy jeans or bright colored shirts are already in the house to mix and match with.

    Each of my kids has one 18-gallon tub of future clothes to grow into (the next size or two, give or take), and I have one tub of things to sell/donate. Easier for me to just have their name on the tub than sizes, since, well, sizing is subjective to most companies.
    Then one tiny little box of special outfits, and I may end up with a medium tub of keepers for the grandkids or when my sister has kids. But, in part, this only works because I don’t overbuy clothes. Now that my 6yo isn’t getting every. single. outfit. dirty every day, he only has about 7-9 pairs of jeans/shorts and about the same in shirts. We do his laundry weekly, but it all fits into one dresser. 😀

    It is nice that I have quite a handful of things that have made it through four children that I can still [potentially] sell at a consignment sale or whatnot. Can’t beat that.

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  12. That’s exactly the same way I do it. I have three girls in a row and by the time DD#3 is has grown out of the clothes, they are pretty much done for. That’s what you call getting your money’s worth! My 4th child is a boy so I get to start all over for him.

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  13. Love it!! thats what I do with my kids clothes too, I started when my oldest was born I was given alot of hand-me-downs and needed a way to keep track with a newborn, so I now have totes for each size and gender (girls 2T, boys 18 mo etc.)and it is a life saver! I usually write on the lid and fronts with sharpie and if I need to take it off I remove it with nail polish remover. great post!!!

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