Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Organizing Kids' Clothes

I have come to realize there are two big parts of who I am which conflict with one another. On one hand, I love order and being the one to organize. I can also be quite particular when it comes to my organisation systems.  I love to colour code and find better ways to keep everything in order.  I believe it's the Virgo in me.

On the other hand, I'm also a pack rat. I hate to get rid of anything for a number of reasons (or excuses).  It could come in handy one day, it's still good, I may read it, use it or repurpose it... eventually.  For the past few weeks, I have been decluttering, with much difficulty.  I keep trying but end up moving things more than clearing them out.  And we have way too much stuff!

As I continue to make a small dent in my spring decluttering, I thought I'd share how I keep my kids' clothes well organized in their dressers.  I read about this method online about a year ago and I had to try it.  The trick is not to stack clothes but to fold them in such a way you can "stand" them up in your drawers. Anyone else do this?
Charlie's shirts, long sleeve on the left, short sleeve on the right.

Pants and shorts

Lola's pants and tights
I love it! It's very easy to maintain, I can actually see everything at once and the pile doesn't collapse every time I got into a drawer. About once a month, I refold and reorganize items that need it. I timed myself this morning. It took me three minutes for Charlie's clothes, five for Lola's.  It's also a great way for me to check if they've outgrown anything, which goes directly into a box in their closet. Now, if only the rest of my house was as easy!
Thanks for reading!


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