Wondering how to organize baby clothes? Whether you're short on space or organizing a massive nursery, here are 8 best ways to organize baby clothes.
With the arrival of your baby on the horizon and your "nesting" phase in full overdrive, you're sure to be concerned about how to organize baby clothes.
It's certainly time to get your new baby's clothes organized as best as possible.
Visual appeal, neatness, and functionality are key elements for successful organization.
Whether your goal is to save space, maximize space, or maybe you're limited on space, there is guaranteed to be a solution that will satisfy your organizational needs.
Regardless of if you're working with closets, dressers, shelves, or totes, you can use these ideas to prepare your baby's room before the big day!
HOW TO ORGANIZE BABY CLOTHES IN A CLOSET:
1. Make use of hanger extenders and baby clothing size dividers
Add baby hangers and baby clothing size dividers to hang baby’s clothes. Use the size dividers to separate clothes by size. For each size range, sort the items further by type. Hence, group all onesies together, all sleepers together, and so forth.
Hanger extenders are amazing for organizing baby clothes by outfit or type. For example, fill a hanger extender with ALL 0-3 month sleepers, then collapse it down. Fill another hanger extender with ALL 0-3 onesies, then collapse it down, and so on.
They work perfectly to hang multiple clothing items of the same size and type. They keep the clothing very organized while maximizing your space. I love these!
Alternatively (or additionally), you can add hanging baby clothes organizers with built-in shelving racks and put baby’s clothes directly on these shelves or add slide-in bins (that can be purchased for $1 apiece at the Dollar Tree) if necessary.
With these bins, you can neatly fold baby’s clothes, set them upright, and align them like filing folders by size (& clothing type) to access items easily.
*More IMPORTANT Note - Dollar Tree does not honor returns, ONLY exchanges. I would NOT recommend purchasing in bulk online unless you are absolutely certain of your needs. Instead, just buy the items you need individually, keep your receipt, and make any exchanges that you deem necessary. According to Dollar Tree’s return policy, the items that you wish to exchange must be UNOPENED.
We preferred hanging all of our baby’s clothes over putting them in drawers, and this is why:
For one, it made it very easy to visualize the baby’s wardrobe and exactly what we were working with.
For two, it provided ease with keeping the clothes neat and separated by size—no rifling through drawers needed, which causes things to get messy and mixed together.
For three, since everything was in plain sight, matching outfits together was a breeze.
2. No closet space to spare? - Use a Portable Closet
If there’s no current closet space to spare, a portable closet will be your saving grace.
With our second child, we lived in an apartment that was relatively limited on closet space. So we ordered a portable closet that had multiple shelves and hanging racks for our baby's clothes.
You can store your portable closet wherever it is most convenient. Ours fit very well right in our bedroom.
There’s a wide array of options available to cater to your preferences.
You can do a small compact closet that just fits baby’s clothes, a medium-size children’s themed closet, a large neutral-colored closet that will match well in your bedroom, or a large children’s themed closet that will allow room for storage of baby items that extend beyond just clothing such as a boppy pillow, books, bumbo seat, etc.
A nice addition to hang from the side of your portable closet (or inside your closet) is a hanging children’s shoe organizer for easily separating, accessing, and storing shoes and socks (and even bibs, burp cloths, and receiving blankets).
Depending on how many items you could benefit from storing in your hanging shoe organizer, it may be best to get a few of them or some that are intended for adults instead of the child-sized organizer.
HOW TO ORGANIZE BABY CLOTHES IN A DRESSER BY SIZE:
3. Using a dresser? - Opt for Drawer Dividers
Clothes can end up in a disarrayed mess when placed loosely and individually in dresser drawers.
Drawer divider organizers will allow you to keep all of your baby’s clothes separated in an organized system.
You can designate each one for a specific article of clothing that’s in the same size. For example, dedicate one drawer divider organizer to short-sleeve onesies in size 0-3 months. Another can be for pants in size 0-3 months. And designate another for sleepers in size 0-3 months and so on.
Drawer divider organizers will maximize your drawer space's functionality so you can fetch clothes easily and maintain the organization of the space.
Tip - For maximum efficiency, I recommend rolling the clothing before placing them into each of the divider compartments. It allows you to recognize the item with ease and quickly retrieve it.
4. No dresser? - Get Plastic or Fabric Drawer Sets
Small sets of plastic or fabric drawers can be obtained if you only need or wish to occupy a small amount of space for your baby. For instance, you can fill a small drawer set with 0-3 months clothes only. Leave the remaining sizes packed away until your baby officially needs them out on display.
You can use them with the drawer divider organizers as well to keep items in their specific desired location.
HOW TO ORGANIZE BABY CLOTHES IN BINS:
5. Use SMALL storage bins and labels
You can efficiently organize eye-level shelves inside a portable closet, wardrobe, or some other eye-level shelving unit with labeled storage bins.
Use small, cheap bins and labels that can be found at the Dollar Tree for $1 per item.
They also have multiple types of labels. Here are example labels, but you can only purchase them in bulk if you order online. Going to your local Dollar Tree will allow you to purchase as little or as many as you need individually.
First, place each set of items into a storage bag. Then, put them in the bins to avoid accumulating dirt or dust on the items or any uninvited guests (aka BUGS).
Square and rectangular bins will make better, more efficient use of the space than circular bins or bins that are wide at the top and narrow at the base.
*More Important NOTE: Dollar Tree does not honor returns, ONLY exchanges. I would NOT recommend purchasing in bulk online unless you are absolutely certain of your needs. Instead, just buy the items you need individually, keep your receipt, and make any exchanges that you deem necessary. According to Dollar Tree’s return policy, the items that you wish to exchange must be UNOPENED.
Tip - If you are using plastic containers, you can use permanent marker directly on the bin instead of using labels. When you want to remove or adjust the writing just apply 100% acetone to the marker with a paper towel or tissue and it will wipe off. You can purchase 100% Acetone solution at your local Dollar Tree for just $1. It's in the nail polish section.
For shelves that are overhead, store items that are not currently in use on high shelves.
Items stored in less frequented areas such as high shelves are more likely to be overlooked and potentially forgotten.
It also becomes inconvenient to make multiple daily attempts to access high shelves.
HOW TO ORGANIZE BABY CLOTHES FOR STORAGE:
6. Use Underbed Storage Bins and Labels
If you don’t wish to put out your baby’s entire 1st year’s wardrobe, then you can opt to store the oversized items together in an under bed storage bin. This will keep them together but allow you to keep them out of the way until needed.
Store the containers on the closet shelf or closet floor, under beds, or wherever you have vacant space. Retrieve them when your baby is ready to put them to use.
Opting for an under bed SHOE ORGANIZER bin will provide compartments for separating clothing by size or type. You can also add drawer organizers to these compartments to provide further separation if you choose.
If your priority is just about storing the clothes away, you may want to skip sorting the clothes by size or type.
I recommend sorting the items by size and labeling the storage container with the corresponding size. This will help facilitate a smooth transition from the bin to the closet (or whatever daily storage space you’ll be using) when you’re ready to bust them out.
Swap in new clothes from the bin to the closet as needed.
Reuse the bins to store older, outgrown clothing. This way, you can save them for donations or a new baby sibling.
7. No storage bins? - Opt for Vacuum Storage Bags
Vacuum storage bags will occupy less space than storage bins and can be easily stored in any convenient place. You can store them in closets, drawers, totes, under beds, inside cabinets, or wherever you see fit.
Sort the clothes by size (and type if you wish) and label the bags with a permanent marker. Retrieve them when your baby is ready to put them to use.
8. Instead of vacuum bags? - Use Flexible Ziploc Bag Totes and Big Bags
These flexible totes and big bags come in different sizes (you can find totes in jumbo, XXL, and XL) and are great storage containers for old clothes needing to be donated or taken out of the space where the baby’s currently IN USE wardrobe is kept, or for storing future clothes, that baby doesn’t need out on display just yet.
Tuck them away in an available space that is out of sight or convenient. The totes work much better for stacking than the big bags.
The best way to organize baby clothes is dependent on the amount of space you're working with, storage spaces you're utilizing (i.e., closet, drawers, under a bed, etc.), and the storage containers that would be most useful and appropriately fitting in these areas.
Use any combination of these organizational ideas mentioned above to store neatly and easily access your new baby's clothing.