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A few years ago I started organizing the Cooper’s first year’s worth of clothes and then stopped. I guess I lost steam or I put my attention other places? Maybe I just wasn’t ready to deal with the emotions of putting my baby’s clothes away. Yeah, that’s it. I also needed to sort through the clothes we borrowed from my sister-in-law and separate ours. I always figured that would take awhile…
I’ve been storing his clothes in garbage bags…
When we moved, we put all of these garbage bags filled with Cooper’s clothes in the garage. They’ve been staring me in the face everyday when I come in from the car. It’s time to do something with them!
They were labeled so…we’re kinda close to organizing, right?
First things first. Get plastic bins & sort. I bought a bunch of 66QT. Sterilite bins at Target for this project.
I want to tell you one small/big mistake I see when people organize. They don’t take the sticker off of the plastic bins. WHY NOT?
TAKE IT OFF. And if you have a problem with taking off stickers, Goo Gone is your friend cuz it’s my friend and we can share friends.
Taking off the sticker seals the deal. You’re on your way to organizing nirvana!
I went through and sorted all of the clothes.
Sorting in progress…
Turns out that some of the clothes were in the wrong bag. Good thing I went through and looked at all of the tags.
We could have been missing out on some prime clothes cuz they were in the wrong bin!
Here I am organizing. I decided to lay all of the t-shirts flat and roll them up to fit in the tupperware. I decided not to individually fold all of the clothes because chances are if we have another kid, or if someone gets gifted all of these clothes, they’ll wash them beforehand to freshen them up. The clothes are already clean…but you know what I’m saying.
It saved room and TIME. Time is important. Time is what prevents me from doing things.
I had a little helper who kept telling me “I LOVED THIS SHIRT! Look! It’s my favorite shoes!”
Also…he is wearing the hat that he would never let me keep on his head. WHY IS HE MESSING WITH ME LIKE THIS?!
To finish off my project, I printed out little signs to put on the insides of all of the bins.
They just slip right in when the bins are full. You don’t have to tape them. I printed out two labels for each bin so we can see what stage clothes they’re for when they’re stacked. I can’t tell you how good this feels.
I already have a bin in Cooper’s closet labeled 4T. I’m already getting a head start on organizing! s Now it’s time to introduce these bins to the ones waiting downstairs. Newborn to 3T is DONE.
MY KID’S CLOTHES ARE ORGANIZED!! Finally.