Do-it-yourself baby clothes organization

We have generous family and friends who have given us lots of used and new baby clothes. What to do with them all?

After getting some advice from a friend, I sorted out the clothing by age:

  • Newborn
  • 0-6 months
  • 6-9 months
  • 9-12 months
  • 12-18 months
  • 18-24 months

We have a lot of newborn to 6-9 month clothing. I boxed up the other clothes by age in banker’s boxes and labeled them.

Then, I separated the remaining clothing by type within each age group:

  • Short-sleeve onesies
  • Long-sleeve onesies
  • Socks, “shoes,” caps, hats
  • Footie pajamas
  • Sleep gowns/sacks
  • Outer clothing/outfits (shirts, pants, overalls)
  • Outerwear

The outerwear and outer clothing/outfits got hung on individual hangers and put in the closet. In the photo below, you can also see the banker boxes that store the bigger clothing:

Organized closet - baby clothes

I also cut out tags from manila folders (a rectangle with a slit and circle cut in it for the closet rod) to separate the clothing by age:

Make your own hanger dividers

For the other clothing (onesies, pajamas, etc.), I organized them in dresser drawers by making my own drawer dividers out of used wrapping paper (from the baby shower) and pieces of cardboard cut to size:

Make your own drawer dividers

There is one long piece of paper that fits horizontally, folded to fit pieces of cardboard (that run vertically in the picture). Then I covered individual pieces of cardboard for the horizontal pieces and taped them in.

In this specific drawer, the left two “cells” hold newborn onesies (short sleeves on the bottom, long sleeves on top), the middle cells hold 0-6 month onesies, and the right column is for socks, hats, etc.

I used the sticky part of a post-it note to make easy-to-remove drawer labels:

post-it note labels

Post-its also worked nicely to label the subdividers:

Post-it note labels

This way, when Steve folds the laundry (or if we have friends who come and help us), he’ll know where things go!

The best part? The cardboard was from an Ikea furniture box that was going to be recycled anyway. The gift wrap was from my baby shower and also would have been recycled. The manila folder that I cut up had already been reused with multiple labels and was nearing the end of its useful life. So the only waste that I generated were the non-sticky parts of post-it notes. No need to go out and buy fancy drawer organizers when you can make stuff yourself for free!

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8 Comments

  1. Posted March 19, 2008 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    What a great organization system! I love the reuse of old materials. This is even a great way to stay organized when the baby grows out of the clothes, because I know once my son grew out of his, I just stuck it in one big pile because I had no place for it.

  2. Posted March 21, 2008 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    I love the drawer divider idea. I’ve been doing the other stuff (boxing clothes/using labels on drawers, etc), but I never thought to use homemade drawer dividers to keep the clothes in place. Thanks!

  3. Posted March 24, 2008 at 7:17 am | Permalink

    Beautiful organising of your drawers, Corrie!

    I’m so excited for you :)

  4. Posted April 4, 2008 at 4:43 am | Permalink

    What a great way to organize the baby clothings Corrie.

    I simply loved the idea, guess I would have to do the same thing for my li’l ones – their wardrobe looks so messy :(

  5. Glen
    Posted April 6, 2008 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    But just wait until he/she is about 16 months old like my girl, and all she does all day is pull everything out of her draws to reorganise everything in her own way. :) Happy organising.

  6. Posted April 7, 2008 at 6:27 am | Permalink

    Glen – :)

  7. Savannah
    Posted August 13, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Permalink

    GREAT IDEA!!! I made the hanger deviders out of card board and just colored them with highlighter and labeled them with sharpie. all i need to get for the drawers are stickies and wrapping paper!!! Thank you for the awesome ideas.

  8. Brooke
    Posted January 6, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Permalink

    WOW! I am overwhelmed by hand-me-downs from friends/relatives and didn’t know how to store it all. THANK YOU for the step-by-step instructions! I’m ready to organize now! :)


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