Ten Steps to Organize Back-To-School Clothes

Back-to-School Clothes Organization

With kids being back in school, now is a great time to share how to get ahead of the game with a quick project to ease your way into organizing your children’s closet from summer to fall attire.

You can save the most time, money, and hassle if you know what you already have that works, what each child can keep for the current season, and what each child needs for the next season. So let’s help you get a step ahead by getting your kids’ clothing organized for some savvy shopping.

Typically, you want to get as much of this project done as possible without the kids and involve them for a targeted amount of time in the end. If kids are older or if they are interested in the process, they may benefit from being involved so that they can learn from what you’re doing.

You’ll need the following supplies to get started:

  • Paper grocery sacks
  • Plastic storage bins
  • Permanent marker
  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Bonus: label maker for bins

Let’s dive in.

1. Get the laundry done

Starting with clean clothes will give you a full view of what you have. As you fold the laundry, note the sizes of the kids’ underwear, shirts, and pants. Also, make a note of anything that needs to be replaced.

2. Tell the kids you’re going to ask them later to try on a few clothes to see if they fit.

Many children cooperate better if they have been given advance notice to transition into activities.

3. Start with the folded clothing

In their dresser drawers, such as socks, underwear, shorts, and sweaters. Check each item for size and wear-and-tear, neaten it up, and organize it as needed. Make note along the way of anything you need to purchase.

4. Try-on pile

If you’re not sure whether something fits, start a try-on pile for each child for later.

5.  Anything that has been outgrown can be placed in a paper sack to donate to Goodwill.

Mark the bag with the permanent marker with the word “donate.” You can also label and use the bags to sort other items like toys that need putting away in other rooms.

6. If you have younger family members who may want outgrown items as hand-me-downs.

Put these items in storage bins and label the full boxes by gender, range of sizes, and season.

7. Next, move to the closet and tackle the hanging clothing.

Keep noting what needs replacing and areas that are coming up short. Consider everything in terms of “good school clothes” and count how many shirts, pants, and dresses will currently work.

8. Once you’ve gone through all of each child’s clothing, take whatever’s left in the try-on pile and grab the kids for a try-on session.

Some kids may be more cooperative if you let them try on while they watch a favorite show as a treat, and some may think it’s a big fun fashion show! Do have fun with it and work with your child’s preferences to make it painless for everyone.

9. Write down everything you notice that is needed and the correct sizes for everyone.

Don’t forget underwear, socks, belts, ties, hair accessories, jackets, sweaters, school uniforms, “party clothes,” athletic shoes, casual shoes, and dress shoes.

10. Take your bags of donations to your nearest Goodwill donation station.

You can find the closest one on our website. Your donations help fund programs and services in your own community that help people get good jobs, and you’ll be helping the planet, too!

All Set!

Now you’re ready! Your kids’ clothes are organized, and you have a list of exactly what you need to get, just in time for the cooler weather. And don’t forget the half-priced color tag each week which you can find every day shopping at Goodwill, where gently used kids’ clothing can be the perfect way to save even more.