On Monday I shared 10 ways we maintain [some] order in our children’s toys (check the comments for wonderful ideas)! Toys are not the only challenge when you have multiple children sharing a small room though.
Today we’re going to talk about clothes.
My goal is to start each day with my child dressed in clean (cute) clothes. [Start being a key word here!] Thankfully, for those of us with limited room, that doesn’t mean they need buckets and buckets of clothes.
How to keep your child in clean clothes with limited dresser/closet space
Our home is small (according to modern standards at least)! Each child has one drawer of the dresser for clothes. We have two small clothes closets in our home. Their closet holds their church clothes plus my clothes, the vacuum cleaner and storage stuff.
Needless to say, that makes simplicity a necessity. You know what though? They have never come even close to running out of clean clothes to wear.
- Get rid of clothes they don’t wear. If it doesn’t fit right or your child just begs to *not* wear it, why not donate it to someone who would use it?
- Stick to a minimalist wardrobe. Determine how many clothes your child needs to last between wash days (with a couple extra for cushion). If you’re interested, here is a peak into my children’s simple wardrobe from a couple years ago. We’ve added boots to their shoe collection, but that is fairly close to what they have.
- Use a hanging shoe rack to store shoes behind the door. My kids can only reach the bottom few holders, so we store extra blankets or animals in the upper containers. (Don’t worry! Those upper containers have never hosted shoes!) The shoe holder makes it easy for them to put their own shoes away.
- Go for neutral on the bulky outerwear. Mud boots, heavy jackets, scarves, etc. Choosing neutral colors when possible cuts down on storage!
- Keep on top of laundry. I find that as long as I keep on top of laundry, I enjoy it. Get behind and it feels overwhelming. I try to wash, dry and put away at least one load of laundry each weekday. You can get by with very few outfits if you’re washing them often: Last winter during law school days, Will (then 18 months) had three pair of pants. Total. I knew my family had more saved for us that we would get at Christmas so decided to see if a messy toddler could manage with just three pairs. Pretty much every single load of laundry contained a pair of his pants, but it worked…. though I was so glad when Christmas came and we got more!