Kids grow up in the blink of an eye. One minute they are snug in your arms, the next they are hastily kissing you goodbye to run off with their friends. No matter what life stage you are in with kids, moms are often left to deal with a constantly rotating wardrobe of clothes that are quickly outgrown and clothes waiting to fit. This is the dilemma of a mom with each holiday, birthday or clothes sale. I will share my rotating system for a kid’s wardrobe to help you navigate through these rapid growth stages.
Why a Rotating Kids Wardrobe?
No one ever talks about the mountain of clothes that you need to keep organized for your kids. New moms can always count on getting unsolicited advice, and veteran moms can always be counted on to give unsolicited advice. There’s a lot that new moms just don’t know and veteran moms just want to help ease the blow. I’m here to give it to you straight.
There’s a lot of clothes you’re going to have to keep organized.
I have been the blessed recipient of hand me downs all of my son’s life, we’re talking nice hand me downs too. When the clothes began pouring in, I knew I needed to get a system in place to keep everything straight in my head and in my kid’s closet.
Creating a Rotating Kids Wardrobe
To create a rotating kids wardrobe you need foresight and planning. What sizes do you have? What’s the best way to store it? How will they be used later? These are the types of questions to ask, and for kid’s clothes, the answers will be pretty straightforward.
The goal is to take all the clothes you have, organize them by size and store them away for later. Sounds simple right? Let’s do this!
I am letting you in on my secret to a rotating system for a kid’s wardrobe… 3 boxes. That’s it. The key to a rotating system for a kid’s wardrobe is 3 simple boxes that will get your kids wardrobe organized in a snap! Aren’t you glad it wasn’t as complicated as you feared?
The Little Box
This box fills up quick. I use the little box to store the clothes that my son has outgrown. Rotate clothes as you do laundry or even as you dress your kids. If you pick something out and it turns out to be too small, pop it in the little box right away, don’t put it back in the dresser. Once it fills up, that means it’s time to get a bin to store those clothes for later hand me down use.
The Later Box
This box keeps the gifts we get for our son organized and saves me a trip to exchange clothes. I rarely exchange the clothes my son gets as a gift because I know he will need them eventually. I put all my son’s clothes that don’t quite fit him yet in the later box and can easily bring something in as the little clothes get rotated out.
The Donation Box
This one is pretty obvious to have, but it is a key addition to your rotating wardrobe system because you don’t need to keep all the clothes that you have. I have limited myself to one bin per age/size range, so I keep my favorites and donate the rest. This not only helps to maintain a reasonable amount of hand me downs, but it also helps me to gift it forward. Since I was a blessed by someone else’s hand me downs, I want to be a blessing to others.
Location, location, location
Having your rotating system in a key spot is crucial to being able to maintain the system. I am fortunate enough that my son has a huge closet. And because he doesn’t have a ton of clothes to hang, I just use the closet shelf right above his dresser drawers. My rotating system is in a strategic place so that it is easily accessible.
It really is that simple. A whole lot of clothes can be kept under control and all it takes is three simple strategic boxes. They don’t have to be fancy, as you can see. I used clear bins with fun scrapbook paper and a large label to hide the eye clutter in the bin. If I had the means, I would use a nice big canvas bin or even a wicker basket, but I’m using what I have and the scrapbook paper works just fine for us now.
Do you have a rotation system in place for your kid’s wardrobe? Did you think it could be this simple? Let’s chat in the comments.
If this post was helpful to you, here’s another post on how to store and organize hand me downs.
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