So we changed things up. Here is what I did - asked people for unused dressers sitting around their house. I found one and I put it into the closet. We have NO dressers in the bedrooms. This was a tip I got from an organizational book I read a few years ago.
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Step 2: Pack away clothes that are too big in tubs for next year. Then grab a bag for the clothes you are getting rid of - pass them on or donate them.
Step 3: Organize the rest. I am nerdy so I made these clothes tags and I hang the kids clothes up behind the tags.
Step 4: Follow through with your system. I also label the drawers so the kids can put away folded items themselves. We keep pajamas, socks, undies, etc. in the drawers. I have my older son help hang up his clothes. Just keep putting the clothes away where they should be and you will have a smooth laundry system.
Another thing we have been trying to do is having them put their pajamas under their pillows when they make their beds so they can re-wear them for a night or two. This cuts down on the laundry as well.
I do want my kids to look nice but I am all for hand-me-downs. We are fortunate enough to have a lot of clothes given to us (except for my older son) so we don't have to buy a lot of things. Mostly we just supplement what was given to us. When I go through the items (as I stated above) I keep a 3x5 card handy with each kid's name on it and write down what is missing - such as long sleeve white shirts or black shoes, etc. I do this in the fall and in the spring. Then I put it in my purse so I can look for those items when I am out.
Less clothes = less laundry = less space needed = happier mom