It’s March! It’s Spring! And it’s time for spring cleaning! The energy of springtime tends to help us feel restored and rejuvenated after a long winter. So you can take advantage of that feeling to start refreshing your home as well. As babies grow very fast in their first years of life, your little one may have some outdated clothes. This is a great time to get rid of them! In this post, we will provide you some tips on how to spring clean your toddler/baby’s wardrobe.
Let Your Baby Get Involved
If your kids are still very young, you will need to clean out their closets while they are not present. You should start this chore during their nap time or let a friend look after your children for an afternoon so that you are free to get the job done.
However, if you have an older toddler, you may want to get them involved. The process will be much smoother and faster. Your kiddos will also have the chance to learn how to keep their room organized as well. Up until your kids are teenagers and well-organized, they will probably still need your help to clean out and organize the closet.
We highly recommend that you assign tasks for your kids based on their age. The older they are, the more involved they should be in getting their closet organized. Discuss with your little one and find the best plan for both of you.
Make A Schedule
You should set aside at least 2 - 4 hours for spring cleaning your baby’s wardrobe. But don’t forget to take a short break every 30 - 60 minutes as both you and your kids will be tired. Spending some time singing a song together or sharing some ice creams will definitely boost your morale and help you focus.
Sorting The Outgrown Clothing Out
Now the next thing you want to do is take out all the clothes in your child’s bedroom and sort them into different piles. One to keep, one to discard, and maybe another pile for sentimental items that you want to keep indefinitely.
For the “keep” and “sentimental” piles, you may want to take them to the laundry right away. The “discard” pile, on the other hand, needs some more classification. If the items are still in good condition, you should give them to your friends who are expecting a baby, store them for your next child, or donate them to a charity organization. But if they are damaged or in a very bad condition, it’s better to use them as DIY materials or put them into the right bin for recycling later.
Pick A Charity To Donate The OutGrown Clothing and Toys
While classifying the items that go to charity, it’s a great time to explain to your child that there are kids in need of clothes and we can do something to help them. If your kids understand that these items are meant to help other people, then everything will be much easier. Talk with your child and review some local charities that could benefit from their used clothes and unwanted toys.
Launder The Clothes
It’s time to take the classified clothes to the laundry. If you and your baby/toddler want to keep the piece of clothing, make sure to follow the instructions on its label when washing and cleaning it in order to keep it in the best condition possible. We also covered some tips on how to wash your toddler’s clothing, which you can check out here. While the laundry is ongoing, you can head back to your children’s room and clean it.
Get Everything Organized
After all the clothes are washed and dried, it’s time to start getting your baby wardrobe organized:
- Swap out the season clothes: store all the clothing that cannot be worn during spring (like Christmas costumes or heavy coats) on specific shelves. Display the current items at the main racks and shelves so your baby and toddler can easily access their clothing
- Don’t forget about the accessories: Even adults may lose a few hairpins at any time. So you can imagine how hard it is for your baby to keep track of their tiny headbands or bracelets. You should hang their accessories in the closet with a rod. Doing this also makes it easier for you to pick the right accessories the next time you and your baby go out.
- Use labels: Let your baby make their own labels for the shelves, bins, or baskets that you stored their clothing in. This will allow them to improve their creativity and help them to remember how to organize their closet by themselves.