How We Store Our Kids’ Clothing

posted by Andrea | 05/14/2019

A few weeks ago, I shared why I don’t buy kids’ clothing in advance, why we purge outgrown clothing immediately, and why I don’t rotate clothing out by season. 

As a follow-up on that post, I thought it might be helpful to share how we store the kids clothing we DO keep — everything that actually fits and that they wear right now! 

It’s sort of a hodge-podge system with various items of clothing stored throughout our house — but it makes sense for our family and for our kids at this stage of life (and you know I’m all about functional storage, even if it’s a little strange!) 

THE CLOSET: 

The closet in the kids’ bedroom is where we store the vast majority of their clothing. It was originally “Nora’s Closet” when we renovated the room for her a few years ago. However, since the kids insist on sharing the same bedroom, we said they had to share the closet too. 

Nora wasn’t thrilled about it initially (she used the closet for storing all sorts of craft projects and other “non-clothes things”) but I feel like we’ve made plenty of space for her extra things as well as the boys’ clothing! 

In fact, we still have tons of empty space in this closet right now (mainly because no one can reach up to the higher shelves yet!)

Take a look!

Nora’s hanging clothes are to the left inside the closet. She uses the pink bins to store shorts, capris, and pants; and she keeps socks, fashion scarves, and other smaller accessories in the white plastic drawers.

She can use the shelves to display various crafts or art projects, and the shoe organizer on the wall is for all her Shopkins, Ponies, LOLs, and other trinkets and treasures she gets as gifts or from birthday parties. 

The boys’ hanging clothes are in the center of the closet. Their everyday clothes are on the lower rod so they can get dressed on their own; their nicer clothing is on an upper rod to the right side of the closet (which we get down for them on days when they can be a little more dressed up!)

The boys’ pants and shorts are in the dresser (more on this below).

They keep their treasures in wooden boxes on the bottom shelf… and we store our massive bins of LEGO’s on the floor. 

We recently had a huge hand-me-down gift of LEGO Duplos, and after realizing how much of a “mess” LEGOs can make, we decided to move all LEGO stuff out of the play bedroom and into the “sleeping bedroom” (as the kids call it!) 

This way, the LEGOs can stay out on the floor while the kids are in the middle of playing, but they still have plenty of floor space to play something else in the other room. We eventually pick up both bedrooms before lunch and again before bed time, and (as you can see from the pictures above) we store both of our big LEGO bins in the clothes closet for now. 

I’m certain we will need to re-evaluate this system moving forward, but it works for now… and that’s all I really care about!

Oh, and if you’re wondering why we aren’t using the 2nd closet in this bedroom for kid’s clothing (good question!) — it’s because we use it for all our dress-up clothes (obviously!)

This will be another system we re-evaluate in the future, but for now, it works REALLY well for our family as our kids use dress-up clothes every single day! 

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THE DRESSER: 

Nora doesn’t like to fold her clothes, so (as mentioned above) she keeps her pants, capris, and shorts in fabric bins inside the closet.

However, the boys can’t reach up to the shelves to get fabric bins down, so we still store their pants, shorts, and socks in the bottom 2 drawers of the dresser in their room. 

The top drawer is empty, and the 2nd drawer has a few items of clothing that are too small for Simon but will most likely work for James within the coming year. 

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THE MUDROOM: 

We store all our footwear, winter gear, swimming suits, hats, sunglasses, umbrellas, backpacks, and bags in the mudroom

It is FANTASTIC to have a place for all these things right when we walk in the door — and it’s nice that we don’t need to make space for these items in our bedrooms. 

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THE BATHROOM: 

As odd as it might sound, the kids keep their PJ’s and underwear in their bathroom as they change into these items every night after their shower/bath. 

This system works really well and they simply put the PJ’s back into the drawer (or into the hamper that is also in the bathroom) after they get dressed in the morning.

Nora currently takes a shower in our bathroom, so we have a drawer for her PJ’s and undies down there. 

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I can’t tell you how many times we have tweaked, altered, or totally overhauled the way we store our children’s clothing, toys, and other treasures throughout the past 7 years… so I’m sure this current storage method will not last forever. 

I will continue to adapt our storage solutions as our storage needs change, as the kids get older, etc. 

For now, it is VERY doable to have all 3 kids store their clothes in one closet… we’ll see if we add Clara’s clothes into the mix in another year or so! 

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15 comments

  1. Trina

    05/15/2019

    In the link to this article on why you don’t purchase kids’ clothes ahead of time, you mention you can get items at your thrift store for $1. I was curious what kind of store that was? By me, I shop Goodwill, and while reasonable, most items are still $3.99 – $6.99. We have a lot of consignment shops around here, but they are pricier.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, we have several thrift stores in our area where kids clothing is either $1 or $1.50 per item (and they often have half-off sales too!)

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    Trina Reply:

    Are they independently owned or a chain? Looking for names to see if any around me so I can score like you! LOL

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    Andrea Reply:

    no — just little local places in our town 🙂

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    Jenny Reply:

    The thrift stores around here have a wide range of prices, and even within each store there are sales and specials! Also some will be so happy to negotiate! I think the best deals on clothes are at garage sales- because the sellers really want to get rid of stuff! And there are a couple of places like day care centers that have a yearly trade day- for every item you bring you get one free! What a fantastic system!

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  2. Rhonda

    05/14/2019

    PJs and underwear in the bathroom – genius!

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — little things like that can make a big difference!

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  3. JJ

    05/14/2019

    Andrea, did you have the metal framed that is in the mudroom and displays pictures? If so, where did you get the metal, and where did you have it framed? Love that look! You are very practical with clothing storage. You do a great job of constantly assessing needs, making a plan, and executing it. That’s impressive!!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks 🙂
    I shared my frame metal in a post a couple years ago: https://andreadekker.com/favorite-way-to-display-art/
    We get the metal custom cut from our heating and cooling guy 🙂

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  4. Annalee Schellenberg

    05/14/2019

    First off I love your blog! I have been following it for years and I would not even be able to count the number of top tips I have received from you!
    Here’s one to add for the LEGO: lay out a spare flat bed sheet on the carpet before dumping out the LEGO. This will make clean up a breeze especially if you are cleaning it all up 2x a day! My mom did this 30 years ago for my brother when he played with ALL his LEGO:)

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks so much Annalee!
    Yes, we DO use a sheet (Dave did that growing up too) so cleanup isn’t that bad — but it’s still nice to have the LEGO’s separate from other toys.

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    Bonnie'sMama Reply:

    We did the sheet method too, when I was growing up. We also used a dustpan to scoop LEGOs back into the 5-gallon bucket we used to store them. The dustpan works well, and kids enjoy the scooping.

    We have a chest of drawers in our living room for DVDs, CDs, cassettes, etc. The middle and bottom drawers are where I keep all my baby’s clothes, and the drawer second from the bottom is for diaper supplies for my baby and toddler. The toddler can reach the diapers, which is helpful. I keep the clothes and diapers in the living room because that is where I change diapers (on the floor, where they can’t roll off anything). Unconventional, yes, but it works well for us.

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — love this! I know someone else who keeps all the baby things in the living room!

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  5. Casey

    05/14/2019

    What a great and functional system, thanks for sharing! 🙂 Curious about the bag you have attached to the kids hamper with clothespins….is it for socks? If so, genius! Stealing that idea (and several others) from you immediately.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, we have a mesh bag for socks attached to the hamper. The kids put their socks in there every night and they sort them out again. One less thing for me to do and no risk of our washing machine “eating” a tiny sock (which we had happen many years ago and was an expensive repair!)

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