Drowning in baby clothes? Try these 6 minimalist organization ideas.
New parents might be surprised by just how quickly baby clothes and accessories can take over, from outgrown onesies to an influx of new items when the seasons change. But keeping organized in your baby’s nursery can help you keep track of what your baby has and will save you time and money in the long run.
Here are six minimalist organization hacks to help you store your baby items more effectively and simplify your routines.
1. Organize by size
Before you can store your baby’s clothes, you need to sort them into piles, so you know what you’re dealing with. Baby clothing sizes vary considerably, so it can help to organize by size so that you can easily find and replace items as your baby grows. Store them in terms of the start of the age range, so an item labeled 6m-12m should be stored in with items for 6 months. However, as time goes on, you’ll be able to identify sizes by eye or by length.
Size labels or wardrobe dividers can be incredibly helpful when you’re organizing baby clothing, so you can clearly see which size you’re looking at when you’re searching for an item–a small but very useful addition to their wardrobe when you’re trying to find something to fit them.
2. Keep outfits together
You don’t want to be sifting through piles of clothing every morning in order to put an outfit together. So, it can be helpful to put together items that can be paired up and hang them together, using clothes pegs to keep any shorts, skirts, or trousers attached to tops. It will save you time in the mornings and ensures that you have full outfits ready to go, in the right size and stored together, to make getting your baby dressed a much quicker process.
3. Keep daily items close at hand
As a parent, you want to streamline your routines as much as possible so that you don’t waste valuable time searching for things every morning. This is particularly important in the first few weeks of your baby’s growth, as you’ll feel like they’re constantly outgrowing clothing and needing the next size up.
It can help to keep the clothing and any accessories, such as socks or headbands, they’re wearing at the moment close to their changing table in a box, so they’re easy to reach and you know that it fits them. Every few weeks, you can then go through that pile of clothing and swap out anything that’s now too small.
4. Make use of drawer dividers
Drawer dividers are a great way of keeping clothes organized without them taking up space. But they don’t have to just be used in drawers–they can also be used in wardrobes or on shelving to keep everything in one place and accessible. Dividers and storage boxes can be used for clothes and accessories, but also for towels, muslin cloths, and bath products. If you don’t have shelving on the wall for these boxes, you can also add them easily to the top of a chest of drawers or the wardrobe to keep everything neat and tidy, but still easily accessible.
5. Vacuum-pack items you don’t need immediately
Many parents are lucky enough to be given hand-me-downs from friends or family members, which means you might have seasonal clothes that you don’t need straight away. Or you might want more children in the future and don’t want to get rid of the clothing you have. If you have clothes you don’t need immediately, it can be helpful to invest in vacuum seal bags which will enable you to store the clothes without them taking up too much room–simply seal up the bags, label them clearly and store them in the loft for later use.
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6. Add extra storage to their wardrobe
Children’s wardrobes are typically smaller, but that doesn’t mean you have to make do with the storage room they offer. Installing a second rail, underneath the top one, doubles your vertical hanging space instantly–and since baby clothes are smaller, you won’t need the height a wardrobe provides for several years.
You can also make the most of the room on the back of the doors, by installing hanging shelves or baskets which can be used to stash blankets, nappy covers, and other accouterments you’ve acquired.
Now you’re taking care of a newborn, time is of the essence, and you’ll be thankful for anything that allows you to make better use of your day so you can spend more time with them. As your baby grows, you’ll need to keep their clothing organized to keep track of what you have and to swap out clothes that are too small. With these tips, you’ll not only be able to find items more easily, but you’ll also be able to keep your home tidier.