Okay, we've made several changes over the years in trying to manage clothes for lots of little ones. About 4 years ago we made a "clothes room" for everyone's clothes except Daddy and I. Honestly, that may change one day! In fact, I'll be needing to adjust our current system to make space for another little one due in July. This system is always in process!
First, we got rid of the dressers in the rooms. NOT practical when you need space for sleeping and living. Right now we've got our bigger kids in one room with a dresser in the closet for their "special" things (Bible, magnifying glass, bracelets, keepsake box, etc.).
|Clothes Room - view of baby changing area|
Okay, our clothes room is to house all kid clothes for the current season and contains our baby changing area. During this time of the year, it all doubles as the plant nursery till our seedlings are strong enough to go in the ground! (Hey, it gets great light!) We used the 5th bedroom in our house that is on the small side and leads up to our attic to be our Clothes Room. It also has no closet so it was only used for the occasional guest. And as you see from above, the kids do play in there!
|Kid Clothes Baskets|
This is where the majority of clothes go. Each kid has a basket. The bottom row is for the 2 and 3 year olds. The middle is for my 5 and 6 year olds. The highest baskets are for my 1 and 7 year olds. Everyone except the 1 year old has access to their basket.
The big tub on top holds my cloth diapers I am not using right now. And on top of the tub you can barely see my buckwheat sprouts looking happy.
I don't care too much about wrinkled clothes. Sorry. Not important to me. I do occasionally have the kids "clean out" their baskets. I like this system b/c it makes checking on kids' clothing needs relatively easy.
|Laundry sorter, Seedlings, Diaper Pail|
The kids can empty the bags into an empty basket and I take (or someone takes!) the basket to the laundry room in the basement.
Also pictured, I've got my cloth diaper pail in the corner and my former baby changing table now turned into a seedling table is behind the laundry sorter.
|"Nicer" clothes not for daily use|
|"Big" kid closet|
|Under bed storage|
That's it! We're quite simple around these parts. No fancy nothing! And I'm sure we look nuts to most people!
So, how do you handle your laundry challenges. We've all got 'em!