1. Pull Everything out: Take Inventory of what your child has.
You can ask yourself the obvious questions like “Does it still fit?” But also ask, “What is stained?” “What has a hole?” “Is this a shirt you and your child fight over wearing because they think it is itchy or uncomfortable?” If any of these apply, it is time to let it go.
2. Get ready for the next school year.
Place school approved clothes at your child’s height so they can help dress themselves in the morning. For example, put school approved shoes down low with socks in a basket they can reach. Or keep the nicer clothes you have for special occasions hung on a top rack to avoid unnecessary meltdowns in the morning.
3. Set yourself up for success.
If you have a hard time staying on top of laundry during the school year consider implementing a “no fold system.” A “no fold system” simply means having a drawer or bin dedicated to shirts, pants, shorts etc. This eliminates the pressure to fold everyones clothes while still allowing you to be organized and know where everything is.
Another great success tool for your child’s closet is to install a door rack on the inside of the closet door to hold accessories like bows, hair ties and hats.
Lastly, we all know children grow FAST. Keep an “outgrown bin” at the top of your child’s closet. Whenever they are getting dressed and you come across something they have outgrown or feel uncomfortable in, toss it in this “outgrown bin” and at the end of every semester you can donate those clothes to a friend or your local donation center if you aren’t holding on to hand-me-downs. This will help you avoid the daunting task of doing a large organizing purge when the drawers start to over flow.