How to Organize Children's Clothes for Effortless Mornings

This is a guest post from my friend Cara at Health, Home, and Happiness. Cara has 3 littles and organizational tricks like this means that the morning rush before school goes smoothly.
How to Organize Children's Clothes
This Simple Clothing Organization Tip is Saving my Sanity
My kids are starting to get more opinionated about clothes. They both have favorite t-shirts and pants, and they’d wear them every day if they could. I prefer they save the near threadbare clothes for home, and look a little nicer for school. To solve the early morning dilemmas of what to wear when, and also to prevent the cries of ‘I can’t find any socks!’ I’ve gone a little overboard with the kids’ dressers. But it’s working.

The outfit roll-up

I used the outfit roll up method to pack clothes for our vacation this summer, it helped ensure that excited kids were changing their underwear and socks daily, and also it was preventing them from putting shirts that they decided not to wear on the floor or in the dirty clothes bag. When you’re camping 40 minutes away from the nearest laundry mat, this is important!
What to do for this clothing storage method:

  1. Catch up on laundry
  2. Separate clothes: school vs play/weekend
  3. Lay out outfits as shown (pants-shirt-undies-socks)
  4. Roll up!
  5. Set in drawers. I have one drawer (per child) for school/church and one drawer for weekend/play, and the top drawer for PJs.
  6. Keep a few extras of everything folded and to the side of the drawer. I keep 2 extra socks, undies, shirts, pants folded for each child.
  7. Purge clothes that didn’t make it into the outfits or in the ‘spare parts’ section at the side of the drawer.
  8. Repeat each laundry day. I’m going to show my babysitter how to do this and she can do it while the baby’s sleeping on the day she comes.
  9. Enjoy glancing at the drawers and seeing how many outfits they have left easily!
  10. Enjoy the smoother running mornings!

How to Organize Children's Clothes
You can read more about Cara, where she typically writes about the GAPS diet and traditional food on her blog:  Health, Home, and Happiness and check out her current series on living simply here: I’m Not a Minimalist, I Just Don’t Like Stuff

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  1. Evelyn on July 29, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Rachel,
    New stalker…er, avid reader 😉 I’m taking in SO much from you blog and this post was JUST what I needed. Master 5 can dress himself but often argues he can’t find school socks or trousers that he likes for a play date. We’re going to go through his clothes together picking out outfits and then rolling them in the above method!
    This will also help us sort the wheat from the chaff so to speak and work out exactly what he has, what he needs, what he has too much of!

  2. Melinda J Mitchell on October 14, 2017 at 4:05 am

    I have read this article before, just couldn’t remember where.
    I’ve started doing this, and it is glorious!! The only thing is, I don’t put PP’s panties in the roll, I put them on top. She takes a bath, then puts on the clean panties. And that’s all she sleeps in. And the baby just wears a diaper. In the morning it’s so great to just grab their roll, and go!! Thank you so much!!

  3. Melinda J Mitchell on March 6, 2018 at 12:29 am

    This is still working so well! I’m so glad I found you!! I’d have lost my mind by now, without this roll method!!

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