The BEST kids clothes organization tip

Okay, let’s talk about kids clothes.

I have four sons that are fairly close in age, which means when it comes to clothing them I pretty much have it made. So far I’ve only had to buy (or am gifted, gotta love grandparents) clothes for #1, and then #2, #3 and #4 all get his hand me downs. None of them are at the age yet where they care what they wear, so I’ve spent something very close to $12 to dress all of them (no including shoes…gah, shoes).

However, keeping their clothes organized is a special kind of torture. The sizes are arbitrary since it varies from brand to brand, plus my kid may be wearing size 4 bottoms and 7 tops…which means I could pretty much rip out the tags and be just as well off. My boys also share rooms and closets, so even if I miraculously get everything sorted it only lasts a hot minute before everything is mixed up again. I mean, the other day I told my kids to get dressed and my seven-year old came out in a t-shirt and a pair of 18 month pants. They went down to about his knees and were skin-tight, but dang it, he got them on and he was ready to go.

Enter this tip. It’s insanely easy, takes no time at all, costs nothing, and saved my sanity.

I call it “the dot system”.

Here’s how it works :

Each kid is assigned a number of dots depending on their birth order. My oldest son is one dot, second is two dots and so on and so forth. I went through all my boys clothes and dotted it appropriately, using a sharpie to put them in the back by the tag. As soon as a one of my boys puts something on and it looks a little tight I add a dot and put it in my next sons drawer.


That’s it, that’s the whole tip. So easy, right? I can’t believe I struggled with kids clothes for so long when there was such a simple solution. Not only can my kids now get themselves dressed and not look ridiculous, but folding and putting away laundry is so much easier. My husband does it perfectly now too…though I will kinda miss finding little boy t-shirts hanging in my closet because he thinks they are mine.

Anyway, you can adjust this for your own family (like stars for girls and dots for boys if you have multiples of both genders) but I just had to get the word out. I just started this last month and it has seriously been a sanity saver!



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  1. I did this for socks before, but never clothes. Genius!

  2. Jan Horwood says:

    That is indeed brilliant!!

  3. Best. Idea. Ever. We have two boys and two girls. My oldest does the same thing as yours and gets very annoyed when I won’t let him wear pants that go above his knees.

  4. Oh, yes! I’m grabbing a Sharpie right now and starting to dot.

  5. My kids are 6,5,4,3,and 1. I’ve been putting their initials in their clothes for years! This dot system looks great too!

  6. Julia G. says:

    Great idea – when my daughters were younger we used initials!

  7. You’re a legitimate genius! Holy cow… it’s simple and brilliant.

  8. Carol Eckelkamp says:

    Now you tell me…my youngest of nine sons is now thirty!!

  9. Amazing. Genius. Definitely the best advice I’ve receive in a while!!

  10. Maria from Oz says:

    >facepalm< WHY oh why, did I not think of this when my kidlets were itty bitty? I guess I ought to be grateful the two boys never wore their sister's dresses. You madam, are a genius!

  11. Cathy G says:

    Yes, I first saw this in Amy Dacyczyn’s “Tightwad Gazette”. Amy had six kids and wrote three very popular books about the tightwad lifestyle. I would highly recommend “The Complete Tightwad Gazette”, still available used on Amazon. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to live better and have fun through thrift.

  12. I laughed so hard! My kids are close together in age, and we made it to a birthday party once where boy #2 wore boy #1’s pants…and spent the whole evening running around holding his pants up while the rest of us laughed! Thanks for your blog, realistic view of budgeting, and for having pictures of a real house that looks like you live there. I’m a fan!

  13. What a clever way to organize children’s clothes! :)

  14. I LOVE the dot system. I learned about this a few years ago and it works great! I love the dots. I used to do initials, but I’ve got 6 kids, and that just gets messy, like you said. I just dot the clothes for the stuff that gets mixed up..I have boys that are 10 and almost 8…and it is awesome because clothes go from one right to the other. So simple!!!

  15. So smart! Simple and clever.

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