Organizing kids clothes for storage can be a challenge. You’ve got all of their off-season clothes to keep up with, plus the hand-me-downs that you’re saving for siblings and all of the grow-into clothes that you’ve bought ahead for your oldest child. That’s a lot to keep up with! But it’s nothing a good set of labels can’t handle. And I just happen to have a set for you.
After 14 years of managing my kids’ clothes, I’ve learned that dividing their wardrobe into summer and winter bins doesn’t really work for us. I inevitably find myself having to dig t-shirts out of the summer boxes long before it’s time for the shorts and tank tops to come out, and having to dig long-sleeve tees out of the winter box, before it’s cold enough for the sweaters and fleeces. So, to cut down on the time that I spend rummaging through storage bins, I now divide their clothes between the four seasons.
And since this means only seasonally-appropriate clothes come out when I grab a bin, I no longer have to deal with my kids trying to make a play for clothes that they shouldn’t be wearing yet. Shorts are awfully hard for kids to resist in the spring, so it’s best to keep them out of sight until it’s warm enough for them to wear them.
If you don’t live in an area with four distinct seasons, or you prefer to divide your kids’ clothes between summer and winter, these labels will still work for you. Just print them out, and use the ones you need.
Labels don’t always stick well to plastic storage bins, so I’d recommend putting a piece of laminate or packing tape over your finished labels to give them a little more staying power. If you do, it’ll also make your labels reusable. Just write on them with a wet erase marker, and wipe them off with a little spray cleaner to update the sizes as your kids grow. Easy!
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If you find it helpful to keep a running list of the clothes that you have in each size, so you know what you need to look for when you’re out shopping, here’s a printable kids’ clothing inventory list that you can use for that purpose.
Trying to get your basement, garage or attic under control? Use these coordinating storage bin labels to organize all of your other stuff.