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How to Organize Baby Clothes

When I was expecting my baby, nothing melted my heart faster than tiny adorable baby clothes. There is something so sweet and precious about preparing a new baby’s wardrobe. But I had no idea how to organize baby clothes!

I was surprised how quickly my baby’s closet filled up. Generous friends and family had gifted me and my baby so many clothes that I began to feel overwhelmed about organizing all of them. 

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If you find yourself in the same situation I was in, then I’d like to offer you some tips and tricks on how you organize your baby’s clothes and keep them organized for good.

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Long Term Rotation System: 

Babies grow extremely fast during their first year of life. I was especially surprised how quickly  my babies grew during their first three months. Because of this, it might be tempting to keep all different sizes of your baby’s clothes shoved into the dresser drawers. After all, you’ll need them eventually right? 

The problem with this approach, is you’ll most likely run out of room. Closets and dressers can only fit so much. And if you don’t run out of room, then you risk all of the different sizes getting mixed in together.  Nothing is more annoying than having to dig through piles of clothes looking for the correct size

What I suggest doing instead, is buying storage totes with lids and separating your baby’s clothes by size into each tote. You’ll need 6 different totes. Separate the clothes into totes according to size:

  1. Newborn
  2. 0-3 Months
  3. 3-6 Months
  4. 6-9 Months
  5. 9-12 Months
  6. This last tote is empty and will be used for clothes you want to keep as sentimental items.

Only use one tote at a time. When you notice your baby’s clothes are getting snug, then it’s time to pack up all their current clothes into a tote and unpack the next size. This will allow you to save clothes for your next baby, or donate clothes that are too small. 

Dresser Organization:

Keeping similar items together is the best way to organize clothes. For your baby, I would organize them by: 

  • Sleepers and Pajamas, 
  • Long sleeve onesies,
  • Short sleeve onesies,
  • Pants/Jeans,
  • Leggings,
  • Dresses/Vests.

Remember you’ll also need room for burp clothes, socks, headbands, and swaddles. 

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I highly recommend purchasing dresser drawer organizers. These organizers will save you time by allowing you to quickly know where every item is and what is available.


As your baby gets older, you’ll need room for coats, jackets, and shoes in their closet. These items are sometimes too bulky to fit neatly into a storage tote, so many parents use size labels to hang in between these items, keeping them separated and organized.   


Designating an entire dresser drawer to bedding items will help keep your nursery organized and functional. This drawer is where you keep the crib sheets, blankets, and mattress protectors. Then if you ever find yourself needing to change the bedding in the middle of the night, you’ll know exactly where everything is. 

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If you by chance have not heard of the Kon Marie style of folding, now is the perfect time to adopt it. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did. This folding technique will allow you to be able to see each and every item, so you never have to “dig” through a dresser drawer looking for a specific onesie.  Check out her short video tutorial here.

I hope these organizational tips and tricks help keep your baby clothes organized and stress free.

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