1. Pick a day, and block off a few hours to tackle this project.
2. Take all the clothes out of the closet and bureaus.
3. Any clothes that your child has outgrown, make 4 piles. Donate, sell, toss, or keep for a younger child.
4. If you choose to keep clothes for your younger child, wash them and then pack them away. You have many options to store them. You can store in a Space Bag, which is a vacuum sealed bag that will take up less space when storing. You can find them at www.spacebag.com. Be sure to place a label on the bag stating what is in the bag and which sizes the bag contains. You can also do the same with bins. There are many containers on the market today. Choose what works for you and be sure to label everything.
5. Once you figure out what you are keeping, storing, donating or selling, you can start to organize.
6. Buy small storage containers for kids accessories and small items that they wear to keep them easily organized.
7. Keep like sizes together in the closet. If you are hanging clothes, hang clothes by categorizing them in sizes from smallest to largest. Within those size categories keep them organized by color, tops, pants, skirts, dresses, etc., you get the idea.
8. When organizing a bureau, purchase drawer dividers for things like underwear, small tank tops, socks, etc. www.bedbathandbeyond.com is always good for these types of purchase and they always have 20% off coupons to save you money. Keeping these items contained will maintain organization.
9. Keep clothes organized in the bureau by sizes or styles and if you have to, you can label the inside of the drawers.
10. Every 6 months, (when the seasons change), pick a day and repeat these steps. Store off season clothes in a space bag or bin and label. You will also be on top of the clothes situation because every 6 months you are re-evaluating what you actually have.
This is a great time to teach your children how to get organized. If they are old enough to understand, let them help you with this process. Explain to them about being organized and putting their belongings back after they are finished with them. Give them systems to work with in their bedrooms and show them how to maintain their systems. If you start teaching them now, they should continue this pattern into adulthood.
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