Second to the main play area and third to the plastic cutlery cupboard, the kid’s clothes drawers are typically the least organised place in the home. Particularly when you have a toddler going through that joyful stage of, “practising getting dressed all by themselves” phase. Which is oh so very cute and clever, but oh so untidy.
So with the divas away for a couple of days, I decided to not only catch up on some much-needed sleep, but also have a good declutter in our bedrooms, starting with the girl’s clothes drawers.
The whole process only took about an hour. Possibly a little longer as I was documenting each stage for my Instagram page.
I absolutely love organising and decluttering tips and hacks, so I thought I’d share my process and how I got on today to help inspire anyone who might be unsure as to where to start when sorting through their children’s clothes.
5 Steps to Organise Kid’s Clothes Drawers
Write down a list of all of the areas that you want to sort through, then plan the tasks throughout the week.
Taking on projects like organising and decluttering can be a huge challenge when you have small children, a job, (or both) and usually demand all of your time and attention.
Deciding to tackle the whole room in one day is pretty much impossible to achieve when it’s feeding time at the zoo every ten minutes. Your little people will also have an absolute field day if they catch you emptying drawers and cupboards too, thinking that they’ve got free rein to crack on and “help you” with your tasks.
So be realistic with the time slots you work with in order to declutter. One task a day during nap time or screen time usually works well for me. It also means that I stick to the task planned and don’t deviate creating more work for myself.
Have a plan in place as to how you’re going to organise everything once it’s de-cluttered. Search the shops, online and on Pinterest for storage ideas and inspiration. A personal favourite of mine is the “Curver” range which I pick up at Wilkos and the SKUBB Boxes from Ikea.
Tip: Make sure the dividers or boxes fit into the space you want prior to sorting clothes. This avoids feeling deflated once you’ve folded or organised everything and they then don’t fit back into the desired space.
Sort Through Everything
Empty the drawers and sort through everything.
Put them into category piles, such as PJ’s, nighties, vests, jumpers etc. plus a pile for donating or storing for younger siblings or family and friends. Have bags ready for those items not making it back into the drawers to avoid mess and piles being left where they aren’t wanted. Then everything you want to keep is ready for folding.
Folding Marie Kondo Style
I was a little dubious about the Marie Kondo folding method initially. As an avid ironer – there’s a sentence I never thought I’d say, (I’m boring myself, don’t worry!) I worried that the clothes would just become too creased after I’d spent a considerable amount of time ironing them. But it doesn’t. In fact, clothes are kept so much neater as they aren’t piled on top of each other. Or thrown about all over the place when searching for something in particular.
You can learn how to fold the Marie Kondo way here.
Categorise Your Folding
Using your dividers and your neatly folded Marie Kondo styled clothes, start arranging each category of clothing into each divider so that every item is neat and accessible. Colour matching clothes is also a great way to find what you’re looking for when getting them dressed each day. This will not only keep everything looking tidy and organised, but it will also help maintain a system where everything has a place and a home, moving forward.
We can try…and hope.
What area’s of your home have you enjoyed decluttering lately?