With the change in seasons, we’re organizing our winter gear and I’m sharing my best tips that will get us through this chaos.
Thanks to Name Bubbles for collaborating on this post. As always, opinions are my own.
My kids are constantly growing, and while I tend to purchase clothes for the next season one or two seasons ahead, it can be tricky to keep up with everything. I’ve been organizing kids gear for 10 years now and I suspect I’ll be doing this for at least another 10-15 years (my kids are 5 years apart in age, so we’re going to be doing this for a while!)
Part of organizing my kids items is making sure they can keep up with jackets and bags when I’m not around. Early this month, I dropped my kids off at a LEGO camp in our city and I noticed my kids ditched their lunchboxes and coats immediately. They got tossed on a table, and in that moment, I was incredibly grateful everything was labeled for each of them. (Thanks, Name Bubbles!)
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I like updating my kids labels during the holidays, in case their interests have changed or they have a new favorite color. It makes things fun for them, and Name Bubbles labels are great stocking stuffers.
Here’s how I’m keeping up with our winter items:
Bins are your friend. I have bins for consignment, and bins for larger clothes that my kids haven’t yet grown into. The outside of the bins are labeled for the child, sizes or items in the bin. And as the weather starts to change, I can go through the bins to make sure we have everything we need.
Dedicate a drawer for the next size of clothes. This is more important for my daughter as her clothes are smaller (she’s only 5) and we have the space to keep some of her outfits in another drawer. This way, I don’t have to go through bins in the garage, and I can see at a glance what I’m dealing with. This also helps with growth spurts mid-season!
Label everything. I label all outdoor gear as the kids are putting their clothes/accessories on. I can label boots, coats, mittens, scarves, hats fairly quickly. If my kids are about to wear it for the first time that season, it gets a label (if it didn’t have one last winter.)
My kids are supposed to have a hoodie or sweatshirt in their backpack since the school is a little colder. With Name Bubbles labels, I can easily peel a label off and label the inside of the sweatshirt. The labels work great on coats, too! My daughter has two winter coats, in addition to her lighter jackets, and the sticker labels are perfect for the inside tag. I don’t have to let the label set overnight and the labels are washable. We’re more than a month into wearing her new coat and this label hasn’t come off.
Iron-on for more secure labels. I’ve mentioned this before, but I keep the iron-on labels near my iron and ironing board for easier use. When I make a new mask for my kids, I can add a label. (My kids have some of the same masks, but in different sizes. This helps me to sort the masks after washing, but also for my child to have the correct mask if one ever was taken off and I’m not around.)
Name Bubbles labels are 20% off through the end of the month with the code HOLIDAY20! And they fit easily in a stocking. They have a wide variety of designs, so you can get your child’s interest in label form. My daughter has the unicorn labels, while I went with arcade for my son. He also has the shark design. You could get a solid color, a pattern or one of many different icons!