The 5 Best Ways to Organize and Store Baby Clothes
Bringing home a beautiful little baby can seem like the end of a long journey. You've waited and waited, and you finally got to meet your new family member for the first time.
Once you make it home, though, you'll realize the journey has just begun. Seeing your baby's growth and exploration in your home will be an incredible experience for everyone. And keeping everything organized can be incredible too, just not always in the most pleasant way.
When organization and cleanliness efforts start to get hectic, a good storage plan can be a lifesaver. Here are our five best ways to store baby clothes in a way that saves space, maximizes use, and creates a cute environment.
1. Display the Cute Pieces
If your baby has a particularly cute type of clothing, like bows, fun socks, or themed onesies, you can turn this into an open display in your baby's nursery. We've seen some creative parents make pegboards to display these items, but any kind of vertical display would be beautiful.
This organization style does a few things at once. First, it saves space and leaves your drawers or less-visible compartments for the bulk of your baby's clothes.
Second, it could make it easier to plan outfits in the morning. When key points of the outfit are on display, it's easy to see what you use often and what choices you have. This way, you won't forget about the pieces you use less often.
And finally, this display adds a cute touch to the room decor. Especially for colorful items, this can add a unique flair to any wall or door.
2. Small Storage Boxes
If you're looking for a way to further organize your baby clothes drawers, a collection of small storage boxes might be the way to go.
These come in a variety of shapes, like diamonds and little rectangles, and they allow you to see everything at once. Rather than stacking clothes on top of each other, a space-saving layout can help you fit more clothes in one flat layer within each of your drawers. You can even try special folding methods, like rolling the clothes or using Marie Kondo's standing-up folds.
Even with adult clothes, you may have experienced that familiar feeling of finding a top or sweater that you forgot you had. Maybe it had been hidden under a stack of clothes in a drawer or placed way in the back of your closet. This is alright, and even kind of fun, for those of us who've stopped growing.
But babies grow at such incredible speeds that missing a piece of clothing for a few weeks might mean you can't use it anymore. If your baby is growing fast, but you still want to get nice, adorable baby clothes, your best bet is to keep them visible and get a lot of use out of each item.
3. One of the Best Ways to Store Baby Clothes and Toys: Baskets!
Here's another way to keep everything on the same level in a closet or dresser. Baskets might take up slightly more space than boxes, especially if they're in their classic round shapes, but they win us over with their cute factor.
To try this, you might want to go with a theme. We've seen that white and other light colors work well, and a set of matching baskets creates a neat look.
The act of storing baby clothes every day can take up precious time, so baskets can give you a hand here. Of course, you'll still want to fold most clothes nicely before placing them in the baskets, but there are exceptions.
When you've got items that are hard to fold and that won't get wrinkled, you can toss them in a catch-all basket. This can work for hats and some seasonal items that you won't need access to all the time. You can even extend this to toys!
4. Keeping Track of Time
Babies outgrow their clothes all the time, and if your closet is full of different sizes, it can be hard to remember what your baby still fits in. One way to handle this is to have a section for clothes the baby has outgrown.
If you want to be even more organized, you can also make a section for clothes your little bundle isn't big enough for yet. When you start getting baby clothes as gifts from your family and friends, you'll be glad you thought of this.
Lots of times, gift-givers will aim a little higher than your baby's current size to be on the safe side, since it's better to have too-big clothing you can use in the future than too-small clothing you can't use at all.
These sections don't have to be fancy. A nice box or bag will do the job just fine.
Every so often, you can take a look at the outgrown clothes and figure out whether to donate them, give them to another new parent in your life, or toss them if it's not salvageable due to stains or rips. Your hand-me-down recipients will appreciate that you took the time to sort out the nice items from the ones that have seen the last of their usable days.
If you're planning on having another kid anytime soon, you can also save these items for your next little miracle.
5. Over-the-Door Organizer
You might've seen over-the-door organizers used for shoes or socks, but they're actually the perfect size for baby clothes. Just roll up or fold the onesies and bibs then stick them in the pockets of the organizer!
You might want to opt for an organizer with clear pockets in this case. Unlike shoes, not every piece of baby clothing will stick out of the top for easy identification.
This organizing method is a great way to save space in your home, leaving more room for your baby to play and explore the world. And when you need to get your baby ready for the day, you'll be able to see all your options with a quick glance at the door.
Now, Go Organize!
There are so many fun aspects of watching a baby grow and develop. And then there are the aspects that can be a little tedious but that make room for a lot more fun after. The best way to store baby clothes for you might be different from the next person, but as long as your heart is in it, you'll be set for a great start to your journey.
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