Fresh Start for Spring โ€“ Controlling Clothing Chaos {Part 2}


So, after sorting everything into piles of size and season (ie: 6-9 months winter clothing), it was time to pack everything up to store in the attic. If you don’t have an attic or basement with ample storage space, my system may not work for you, but I’m sure it can be adapted to work on a smaller scale.

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I started with a large plastic tub, and some space bags. I’m not sure if the space bags really conserve space, but I had them, so I used them. Each bag was packed with clothing from a specific size range/season and labeled accordingly.

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The ziploc bags were perfect for storing and labeling smaller items, like shoes and socks.

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The tub is about half full of 6-12 month items. Since we’re still in some 12-18 month clothing, I put the latest outgrown items in the smaller plastic containers for closet storage until later. I think at this rate, I can use the same tub to store all of his 6-18 month stuff. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Now the closet is all cleaned out, and I’ve started making a list of items that we need for this summer. Mostly shorts and sandals. I think we’re good on t-shirts. Maybe another pair or two of PJs.

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Ahhh…look at all of that empty space. So refreshing!!

Happy organizing!!

Fresh Start for Spring – Controlling Clothing Chaos {Part 1}

If you’re a Facebook Fan, you know that yesterday was devoted to cleaning out my son’s dresser and closet, and packing away or donating his outgrown clothes.

Part one of Controlling Clothing Chaos will explain my decluttering process, and part two will be about the storage aspect.

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First, before you tackle any decluttering – make sure all laundry is put away. (This will make part two easier, trust me!)

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I started with the dresser, because it has less stuff to weed through. Now that it’s March and the weather is warming up, the bottom drawer of blankets seemed unecessary…so they are packed into an underbed storage box. Still easy to access, but not taking up unneeded space. Unfortunately, the box is too tall to fit under the crib, so it is being stored under my bed for now.

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Next, I pulled all of the winter pajamas out of the second drawer. Once I realized that doing that only left a few sets of spring/summer PJs, I decided to use that space for something else, and set them aside for relocation.

The top drawer of the large dresser (socks, thermometer, diaper creams, etc.) remained unchanged. The now empty second and bottom drawer of the large dresser became home to my cloth diapers, and the small dresser now has a few PJs (and two empty drawers!)

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Now…to the closet. As {Hunter} outgrows things, I usually sort them into plastic containers like these and store them on the top shelf of the closet. That way, things that are the same size and season tend to already be together, which makes part two of the process easier.

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However, I only have 4 containers, and once they were full…this happened…

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So, it was a little bit of a process to get everything grouped together for storage, but it gave me a chance to go through all of his clothes and decide what I really wanted to keep for our next child.

Stay tuned for PART TWO to see how I store everything!

Fresh Start for Spring – Cloth Diaper Organization

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Lately, I’ve seen a lot of moms asking, “What’s the best way to organize my cloth diapers?” Obviously, the answer is different for everyone, but here’s what works for us…and you get to see pictures of my (rarely) organized stash!

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My setup consists of two dressers. Back when {Hunter} was teeny tiny, the top of the large dresser was our changing station. Now, we just use the floor.

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The small dresser is where the diapers are stored. The intention was that I would keep my stash minimalized enough that if I had more diapers than fit in these three drawers, I had too many. But let’s be honest…that’s not happening here. The overflow usually ends up in a laundry basket. ๐Ÿ˜›

The top drawer holds diaper covers, Flip inserts, wet bags, and pocket diapers. I keep these in the top drawer because they have the most pieces that can be scattered all over the room, and little man can’t quite reach them yet. So, they are safe…for now.

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The middle drawer is my Swaddlebees AIOs and some hybrid fitteds, and the bottom drawer is more hybrids and overnight diapers. (Which provides easy access should we need to do a change in middle of the night.)

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  • Tip #1: Organize your stash by type, so you’re not digging around trying to find something to put inside that cover while your baby is wandering around bottomless (unless you feel like cleaning up a mess).
  • Tip #2: Make sure your diapers are ready to “grab and go”. Put baby down. Dirty diaper off, clean diaper on, done. Diaper changes are hard enough with an older baby/toddler. Don’t complicate things by having to hold him down while you try to snap in an insert, stuff a pocket, etc.

So…now, that you’re all organized, do you have empty spaces in your dresser/cart/laundry basket that need to be filled? Join the fun in the Kelly’s Closet Easter Egg Hunt for your chance to win more diapers!


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