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When I got pregnant almost 2 years ago, I thought, “It’s only a baby! A couple of onesies, a couple of sleeper pjs, throw ’em under the changing table and bam. All done.”
This turned out not to be the case as gifts of clothing ( in all sizes and for all seasons) from friends, relatives and neighbors started piling up.
Figuring out how to organize Baby Girl’s clothes might sound like a frivolous pursuit, but when she’s on the changing table with a 5 pound diaper, knowing exactly where the clothing you need will be and being able to get to it without having to dig around turned out to be a life saver. She is 16 months now and we have stuck with the original plan.
I decided to go with a wardrobe because, unlike a dresser, I wanted to be able to see everything she has in one eyeful. The closet in her bedroom doesn’t allow for the easy access from the changing table that the wardrobe does and I also like the idea of having a few stacks or baskets stored in the wardrobe for other things.
The Hanging Rack: Baby Girl’s summer hanging rack is in order from left to right not by color or size, like most people organize, but by heaviness of the outfit. It’s very important to me that Baby Girl is wearing weather appropriate stuff and is comfortable. The left holds her strappy summer dresses in the lightest fabrics, while the far right are the few long sleeved shirt and long pants outfits she has for the cooler days this season. Instead of grouping all the pants and tops separately, I group by outfit, with top coming first. That makes it easy for a nanny or babysitter who may not be familiar with Baby Girl’s clothes to spot what goes with what…it also makes it easier for my husband, who tends to put together the most hideous outfits on the planet. 🙂 Pajamas hang in the middle because it’s the largest group and the most commonly reached for. Putting them right in the center with the footy pjs hanging down makes them easy to spot and access. For any kid under 3, I don’t recommend owning less than 10 sets of pajamas. For real. The milk/water/juice spills, the pee pee accidents, the sweating…we go through pajamas like crazy.
The First Shelf: I keep Baby Girl’s shoes lined up at the back, with her baskets in front. The basket on the left contains socks and tights- easy to grab so close to the shoes. The basket on the right contains a stack of regular old onesies. These are great to change into for naps and/or after an outfit has been covered in food. I also like to keep these simple to obtain because I am constantly tossing one into the diaper bag when we are on our way out.
The Second Shelf: I keep a basket on Baby Girls hair accessories on the left. If I have her on the changing table and she’s fussy, she’ll calm down when I grab it off the shelf and bring it over to her so she can dig through her hair bows and headbands. In the center, is a stack of whatever seasonal clothing item is in use. This summer, it’s her swimsuit and cover up. In the cooler months, its typically her winter coat, cardigan or rain coat. The basket on the right holds the small summer necessities- kick pants and diaper covers for under her short dresses, her summer hats and sunglasses. Fall and winter, this basket holds winter caps, gloves, scarves and mittens.
The Bottom Shelf: The bottom shelf is all the items we’ve purchased or have been given that Baby G doesn’t fit into yet, organized in stacks by size. I try and de-tag, wash and dry just before I swap wardrobe sizes out, and this makes being able to locate all the items in one size a breeze.
I love this kind of sh*t, I’m not kidding- especially when it’s about organizing items I enjoy, like clothing. If there are any fellow organizing psychos out there who have actually read this and have some interesting ideas/comments about how they do their thing- holla!