Storing Kids Clothes.
If you are like many people, you have at least one pile of clothing that needs to either be stored or given away. Why do we do this to ourselves every year? There's the clothes that are too small but we want to hold onto in case we have another child and then the clothes that we have scored for super cheap (or free!) from consignment stores, thrift stores or friends whose children have outgrown their clothes that our children will grow into. It's so nice to have these "extra" clothes but somebody has to organize them and it's a task that most of us would love to outsource. Do I have anyone's attention yet?
Well I have a client, and a super smart mom, who did just that.....She brought me in to tackle this task for her. Now I must first start with the fact that she's pretty organized to begin with but every time that she would walk into her basement, all that she could think about was how unorganized the clothes were. I feel her pain! My basement makes my head spin when it gets all out of sorts.
Here are the before pictures:
Not THAT bad, just a busy mom trying to keep up with life. She had even placed some clothes in bins.....they just were not sized and sorted.
So the first thing that I did was take everything out and sort it by gender, size and season. (I know not rocket science but that's what I did, folks!)
Then I got out my awesome storage solutions that most of us refer to as "Rubbermaids" even though these are not even Rubbermaids. These particular ones are my FAVORITE!!! They have the little locking handles on each side so if you over stuff them a little, you can make that lid stay on. If only we had a little device for our kids when they were not behaving and we could flip a little switch, right?!
Anyways.....here's the picture of our plastic bins with locking handles. These particular cuties are Sterlite Clearview Latch Boxes. I have these in my own basement too!! Here's the link!
So we have sized and sorted everything and our bins are ready to pack. I try to fold the clothes so they do not wrinkle too much and so I can get as many pieces into the bin as possible. (That's when my retail experience comes in handy!) Then I stack everything super neat and in order of sizes. (I make sure to keep the current size on the top so as the kiddos outgrow the size, it's easy to just open the lid and add it to the bin without having to make a big mess!)
Sigh of relief! Empty Boxes!!!
So like I said earlier.....I know that this is not rocket science but I hope that this blog brings you encouragement to tackle those little tasks that are stealing your peace!