Today, I have the express pleasure of introducing you to Lauren from Mama’s Laundry Talk. I met Lauren at the Savvy Blogging Summit this summer and was immediately drawn to her sweet spirit and her heart for the Lord. Lauren runs an amazing site that deals entirely with laundry! Everything from folding how-to’s to stain removal can be found on her blog. Truly an awesome resource for moms! Today, Lauren shares great ways to store clothes when you are lacking space. As a mommy of *almost* 4 children, you’ll find her solutions creative and easy to implement.
There are many reasons you might have to get creative when it comes to storing folded clothes: not enough dressers, not enough floor space for dressers, small closets, a smaller house and a growing family to name a few.
So what do you do if you don’t have a designated dresser for each person in your family? Here are a few suggestions to get your creative juices flowing:
- Have your children share a dresser.When my 2 oldest children started to share a room, it seemed only logical that they also share a dresser. Thankfully, their clothes are still small enough at 3 and 5 years old that they easily fit in the drawers. Everything fits fairly well except socks. To counteract that battle, I purchased one cheap plastic bin for each child where they store their socks. The bins fit easily on the closet shelf.
- If you have ample closet space, hang most of their clothes. If you are blessed with tons of hanging room, then by all means skip the folding and go straight to hanging! If you are able to implement this method, you can easily group clothes together – special outfits or matching sets. This way children know exactly what shirt goes with which pair of pants or skirt. And the hanging method greatly reduces wrinkles and messy drawers. All mamas love that, right?
- Utilize unconventional spaces and think outside the box. Maybe there are a few nightstand drawers that could be emptied and used for clothing storage. Under-the-bed storage boxes might be acceptable for older children capable of rolling the box in and out. Do you have an enormous linen closet or laundry room? Maybe you could assign each child a shelf as their own to store and manage their clothes. If you feel stuck without storage options, look around your house with a fresh eye. Look specifically for those spots where clothing storage might be an option. It’s often helpful to refine our focus to see storage places miraculously appear.
- Invest in portable storage. Sterilite has a huge selection of portable dressers on wheels. Also, browse around online at places like The Container Store or Ikea for ideas on portable dressers and storage. This might be a great solution, especially if the storage is needed for smaller clothes. Obviously this is not a great idea for a 12 year old boy, as his jeans would never fit into one of those (although his socks and underwear would). But it can certainly be helpful for the 5 and under crowd.
- Purge as many clothes as you can.If your children have a lot of clothes to start with, it can make your storage space seem even smaller. Seriously consider how many outfits each child really needs. If you have tons of extra, find a family who loves hand-me-downs or give them to Goodwill. It is freeing to pare down clothes to only what is needed and you won’t believe how big your closet seems after you’re finished!
I utilize several of these solutions in my current laundry routine. Until I am able to implement my biggest laundry dream of creating a family closet, these storage solutions will have to suffice!
What kind of creative storage solutions do you have for children’s clothes? Share your ideas in the comments!
Lauren Hill is the ‘Mama’ behind Mama’s Laundry Talk. She is blessed with a fantastic husband and three little people with a new one due in November. Lauren blogs about all things laundry, including finding a laundry routine, weekly detergent deals and how to make your laundry life easier!