Easy Solution for Transitioning Seasonal Kids Clothes

Yesterday it was a chilly 42 degrees here in Missouri.  Last week it was 72 and it wouldn’t surprise me if I woke up to a balmy 80 degree day tomorrow.  Around here, the weather fluctuates constantly in the fall and spring which can make it pretty tricky to keep your kid’s clothes under control.  There isn’t enough room in their drawers to store multi-seasonal options, so I came up with this cheap and easy way to transition clothes.

First, I bought an inexpensive drawstring mesh laundry sack for each of my kids.  I found them in the laundry aisle of WalMart for around $2.  Next, I used a sharpie to label the loop at the top with the size and season (ie Girl sz 5/6 Spg/Sum).  At our house the bags are stashed in their closets right next to their drawers so they’re easily accessible.  If your kid’s closet is short on space, you could hide them under the bed or hang them on the back of the closet door.

When laundry day rolls around I divide the kids clothes into their baskets and then pull out any clothes that are out of season and put them in a separate pile.  The kids put their regular clothes in their drawers and then add the out of season pile to their mesh bag.    Once the weather has permanently changed (and the chances for short sleeve weather are slim to none) I take the entire bag down to the basement and store it in a labeled Rubbermaid container.

The really nice part about this solution is that it’s totally kid friendly.  If we have really warm day, it’s easy for the kids to pull open the drawstring and dig around in their bags for a pair of shorts.  Likewise, it’s even easier for them to put the shorts back in the sack the following week.  It also makes finding clothes for younger siblings tons easier.  Since the bags are labeled with size and season, when my younger daughter grows into my older daughter’s size all I have to do is find the right size bin, choose the right season, and bring the entire bag of clothes upstairs.

Granted, it’s not the prettiest solution.  If you’re the kind of person that hates looking at a sack of unfolded clothes this may not work for you.  If you’re like me, however, and you don’t care how your kids closet looks as long as it’s functional – this solution might be just the right fit.  Just thought I’d pass it on.


2 Comments

  1. I’m not generally one to comment on blogs of people that I don’t know but I just wanted to thank you for sharing all your ideas. I actually do this same thing, except with bins instead of bags in the closets and people in my ward often tell me I have creative solution ideas but I always tell them about your blog because you have such great ideas, far beyond anything I ever come up with, and so I always look forward to your posts, so thanks again for sharing.

  2. Love the mesh bag idea. The labeled bins I do, and usually do one big transition here in Ohio.
    I would say for me rather than the season transition, my bigger issue would be outgrowing of clothes (with 5 kids at home).
    Thanks for the tip! I may use it on my site somewhere but will give you full credit!

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