It is no surprise that children are always growing. However, sometimes we find ourselves totally shocked and unprepared for those three inches that they just grew in less than one month.
I shared 3 tips on sorting kids clothes all year round. It has been SO helpful to have a a place to put clothes when they have been outgrown or are being passed down.
In the past I tried storing clothes in those fancy space saver bags. I give them a giant thumbs down. Not only do the bags rip easily but they also don't seal all the way and end up being just another bag with clothes in it.
If space is an issue for you, then try labeling some garbage bags by size and gender. I did that when our kid count was at two and it worked well. It kept me from having to sort through clothes every time I was looking for something new.
When we jumped to five kids I tried to find something a little more sturdy than bags.
We have a root cellar under the porch and since I only garden enough to fill zero percent of the space, the rest of the cellar became my storage room.
Here is what our system looks like...
Each size is in a different tub. I simply taped a labeled index card inside of the tub. These can easily be changed out as the kids grow. I can take the smallest size down and create the next largest size...scoot the tubs over and we are good to go!
When a tub fills up with too many clothes then I go through the items and see what could be given away. For instance there might be 6 pairs of jeans in there and we don't need to keep that many so a few go back upstairs to the Goodwill basket.
The girls have totes on the right side of the shelves with the same system.
Having clear tubs is great. I can easily see what sizes I am lacking. This way I can be on the look out for those sizes. I also like keeping a tote designated for shoes for each gender.
Isn't editing great? I can easily crop out all of the other stuff in the room. :-)
I prefer to keep it real though...so come on in to my storage room.
Sometimes I can't get to the totes because not everything fits or I just need to find time to sort things that have come from upstairs.
Either way, it is a working system and it takes away the shock when one of the kids comes and tells me that their pants have turned into capris in the middle of winter!