I love the ever changing seasons of Minnesota, and with those changes comes the need to evaluate the clothes my kids have in their drawers and closets. I truly love reorganizing everything- I actually schedule a date in my planner for changing out the clothes (I know, weird, right?). This year, I didn’t actually do it on the scheduled date, however, because Minnesota likes to toy with us a little. Last week we had a high of 75 on Sunday, and then Monday hit us with a high of 46! It seems we are now on trend to be warmer, so I took the plunge and organized the closets and drawers in each child’s room. I thought I’d share some organizing tips and a fun little tutorial for using wrapping paper as drawer liners.
My youngest gets all the hand-me-downs from his older brother. I used to store the clothes in a big tote down in the basement, and each season I’d drag it upstairs and rummage through the bin looking for the needed sizes. Not the best solution, so I decided to change my practice, and use a couple drawers in his dresser that weren’t getting much use. However, like many projects I take on, I realized something was in desperate need of a little sprucing up. My youngest’s dresser used to be my dresser growing up, and I realized his drawer liners were gold and peach angels that had been in there since I was little… and they were gross! Seriously, 30+ year old drawer liners are not great. Time to make a change. I decided to use wrapping paper to line the drawers. I first saw this idea at I Heart Organizing, and it’s brilliant! What an easy way to add a little pop of color to the inside of a drawer. Here’s what I did:
Here’s What You’ll Need
- Wrapping Paper (I would recommend a higher quality wrapping paper… as much as I love dollar section wrapping paper for gifts, I’m afraid it would rip in this case.)
- Contact Paper
- Tape Measure
You’ll want to start by measuring the inside of your drawer, and then you can mark out the measurements on your wrapping paper, using the ruler to make straight edges.
Cut out the pattern from the wrapping paper.
Roll out the contact paper and cut a piece that is approximately 1/2 inch wider (on all sides) than the wrapping paper.
Take the backing off the contact paper and lay your wrapping paper (with the color side down) onto the contact paper. Smooth it out with your hands. Trim the excess contact paper from around the edges, and you now have a drawer liner to put into your drawer!
This now looks a lot better!
When it comes to organizing your kids’ clothing, there are a few things that can make it easier. Here are a few quick tips:
1.) Out with the “Too Smalls”
When it comes to organizing kids clothes, you want to start by separating out any clothes that no longer fit. If there is a younger sibling or relative you can pass them on to, great! If not, you can donate it, or do what I do… I put all our “too-small” clothes into paper bags marked with a label indicating the size and gender of the clothing. That way, when I have a garage sale, I can display the items by gender and size. Or, if someone I know has a child that needs clothes, I can hand off the bag to them and let them take what they want.
2.) Separate Clothes by Season
If you live in an area where temperatures can change drastically from one day to the next (or one hour to the next, as is the case here) you really want to keep all types of clothing handy. I separate out the shirts in the closets by long-sleeve and short sleeve, putting the ones that will get more use in the front (and I put them in rainbow order because I’m a bit crazy). In the drawers, I store both shorts and pants, as well as a variety of pajamas.
3.) Organize Items Within the Drawers
In order to easily find the items you need, create stacks in each drawer by item type. One stack of pajamas, one stack of dress pants, a pile of jeans, dress shorts, athletic shorts, skirts, etc. This way you’re not digging through multiple items trying to find something.
4.) Alternate Bottoms When Stacking to Save Space
Have you ever stacked all your pants up and realized a lop-sided pile? The waist bands are thicker, so if you stack them all on top of each other, they create a slope in the pile. If you alternate the pants or shorts, you eliminate that slope and can add more to the stack.
5.) Shoe Storage
I keep most of the kids’ shoes in the mudroom, adding flip flops in the summer and boots in the winter. However, my youngest likes to wear items that are completely inappropriate for the season, or, if there are “shoes to grow into”, he wants to wear them now. We actually let him try this once thinking he’d hate the shoes flopping around on his feet, but he proved to us that he loves oversized shoes and wore them all day. It was time to find an “out-of-sight-out-of-mind” solution. I found a basket at Home Goods and put shoes that were not to be worn in there.
Do you have any tips that you use when organizing your child’s clothing? Please leave a comment and let me know- I’m always looking for ideas!
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