Prepare for a new baby by organizing and storing baby clothes using this EASY method!
SO.MANY.BABY.CLOTHES!! Let me tell you about the baby clothes organization system I’ve used for two back-to-back babies and counting!
This is such an exciting time, and if you’re anything like me, you’re wondering how in the world you’re supposed to organize all of the baby clothes you’ve received, and what to do with the bigger sizes.
Hi, my name is Anna, and I LOVE to organize! Especially ANYTHING for a new baby! I’m here to help! You’re going to LOVE how easy this system is!
Now, let’s get to organizing those teeny-tiny baby clothes!!!!
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Before going any further, if you need to decide which gifts or hand-me-downs to keep, see this post!
I also have other posts on “baby prep“; check those out!
Why use this baby clothes organization system?
This is the best and easiest system I have found to organize baby clothes!
I was blessed have received a ton of hand-me-downs and baby clothes as gifts.
I needed an EASY way to keep up with what clothes I had in what size.. and I wanted a SIMPLE system to be able to implement and keep up with after each of my baby’s was born!
*SIMPLICITY IS A NECESSITY FOR MAMAS, Y’ALL!*
This system IS that! It’s PERFECT BECAUSE:
- It allows you to SEE everything you have, and decide what you want to keep
- You can easily ROTATE out clothes that no longer fit your baby, and QUICKLY access the next size up
- You’re able to see what you have in each size, so you know what you may still need to purchase
- It KEEPS LIKE-SIZE CLOTHING TOGETHER for the next baby (be it for your own baby or for the next -GRATEFUL-mama)
HOW TO ORGANIZE AND STORE BABY CLOTHES
Are you in nesting mode, mama?
Ready to do something that will make your postpartum self SO thankful!?
Let’s get to it!
1) Purchase 7 large storage bins
DUH! You need some bins!
I’ve bought my bins at Big Lots, and Wal-Mart, it really doesn’t matter!
I do prefer the lids that “lock”, just because they feel sturdier, but you choose what you like best. Our bins are 57 quart capacity, and that’s plenty of room for us!
I like to buy lids to “match” baby’s gender (I have pink for girl clothes and blue for boy clothes), but you can buy any color you wish!
2) Label your storage bins by size
Label your bins by size! You can choose to make your own labels (this is what I did), print labels, or write right on the bin.
I do prefer to label bins with a removable paper label (i.e printer paper and tape), so that I can re-use the bin as I wish.
Need to know baby clothes tip: Baby clothes come in sizes by age in months.
Some clothes are labeled with the age range (0-3 months, for instance), and others are labeled with just one age (3 months). 0-3 month clothing and 3 month clothing are the same size, but in different brands. It is good to know, however, that each brand runs differently with sizing, just to be aware. (And YES; this makes it SO HARD to figure out baby clothes and sizes!)
Label your bins the way it makes sense to you. I chose to use the age range.
- 0-3 months or 3 months
- 3-6 months/6 months
- 6-9 months/9 months,
- 9-12 months/12 months
- 12-18 months/18 months
- 18-24 months/24 months (very similar in size to a 2T, so I group those together)
Then, toddler sizes start, and they’re GENERALLY by age also, but age in years (an average-sized 2 year old most likely wears a 2T):
- 2T (very similar to size 18-24 months)
- 4T (A 4T is the same as a kid size XS)
Before I had my first, I made labels that were going to include how many of each thing there was in the bin, but ended up not doing it because it was WAY too overwhelming! I knew I would NEVER update the “inventory” of each box, as I was constantly being given and/or purchasing clothes as needed for each size.
3) Organize the baby clothes you currently have by size
Go through all of the clothes you have been given and organize them by size.
DO NOT THINK ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE but size! Do not look up “how many of each clothing item do I need for baby“, do not think “this is really cute but not the right season for this baby“… You WILL get overwhelmed; it’s just too much to think about right now.
JUST ORGANIZE BY SIZE! (Tip: If you read my last post and have already gone through and weeded out what you’re not keeping, this will be even easier!)
I do this by simply throwing clothes in the bins I already have labeled (sit them in order by size). If you’re tidier than I am (or less haphazard… haha), you can “lay” items in the bins, but it’s easier for me to throw… you do you! haha!
I have also made piles on the floor with sticky notes telling me where sizes go, but honestly, throwing in bins is easier because you know sizes aren’t going to get mixed up because the clothes are contained.
4) Organize each baby clothing size by TYPE: i.e. onesies, sleepers, etc…
Skip over the newborn and 0-3 month bins for now (we will get to those later). Grab one of the other bins, one at a time, and organize each clothing size by type; this just makes it easier for you to see what you have when you need this bin.
As you do this, you will realize what you may need more of when the time comes (i.e. “We really only have two sleepers in size 3-6, I know we will need more than that.”) You can choose to make a note on your phone of what your baby might need in each size, but DO NOT purchase clothes further ahead than just the next size; you simply don’t know how fast your baby will grow, or even what size he/she will wear when they’re born!
Make a note on your phone on what you may need, and as they grow you will know what season they will wear each size, what clothes you prefer for them to wear, and what you actually need in each size.
5) Put larger size clothing in bins and store
Pack away sizes 3-6 months through 18-24 month/2T and store them in the baby’s closet, if space allows, or somewhere CLOSE to baby’s room. If you can’t fit all of the bins in the closet, at least keep the bins of the sizes that are in use. You will want them close-by so you can toss clothes that are too small into the corresponding bin, and pull out the next bin to wash when needed.
6) Take inventory of newborn clothes and 0-3 month baby clothes
Okay, mama! Now’s the time to take inventory of what you have and may need for your baby when he/she is born! Are you loving this baby clothes organization system yet? KEEP GOING!!
Take a look at the newborn and the 0-3 month bins. Keep in mind: you most likely will not be going anywhere with your newborn baby. Unless you’re into fancy clothes for photo ops, you really don’t need special clothes for your newborn.
Do you have these baby clothing items in each size?
- Winter baby: 5-7 zip-up sleepers in each size? (you really don’t need anything other than sleepers if you stay at home! If you’d rather do pants, long-sleeve onesies, and socks, be my guest, but a one-piece outfit was much easier for me!)
- Summer baby: 5-7 zip-up sleepers, 5-7 short-sleeve onesies, 3-4 pairs of pants, and a few pairs of socks (for when Grandma visits! haha).
- See my Ultimate Baby Registry Checklist for everything else you need for a newborn. But that’s really all you really need clothes-wise. I also store other newborn baby essentials in the newborn bin because they need so few clothes in that size!
If you need something, make a note of it on your phone that you can reference when shopping or when Grandma asks what baby needs!!
7) Wash newborn and 0-3 month baby clothes and store in dresser
Wash the newborn and 0-3 month clothes (and also swaddles, muslin blankets, and other newborn items from the Ultimate Baby Registry Checklist).
When they’re clean, go ahead and store these in the dresser.
If you want to see what my kids’ dressers look like; check out this post (coming soon)
Final thoughts on organizing and storing clothes for a new baby
Organizing a new baby’s clothes is SO EXCITING! You may not think so (AND THAT’S OKAY!!), but I hope my baby clothes organization system helped reduce your overwhelm a bit!
Breathe, mama. YOU are the PERFECT mama for this new baby.
You DON’T have to have a perfectly organized or decorated nursery. YOUR BABY JUST NEEDS YOU.
God’s got you and HE WILL HELP YOU DO THIS!
Please reach out if I can help you in any way as you prepare for your little one!
Lots of love,