Disclosure: Diary of a First Time Mom is proud to partner with Guardian Storage to chronicle my journey to home ownership and organization. Some form of compensation has been received, however all opinions are my own. #GuardianStorage Dear Diary, Hi, my name is Heather, and I am a pack rat. I think it’s hereditary. My grandmother, my mother and my sister don’t like to throw things away. We have elementary school art work, tee ball trophies, ballet recital costumes and other memorabilia packed away in our attics. In fact, I even started a free store with friends, which is a consignment store minus price tags for neighbors in need, to ensure nothing goes to waste! Like my female family members above, I also inherited a shopaholic gene. So although I constantly give things away, I often replace them, especially children’s clothes since sizes changes almost as often as the weather. When it comes to storing old baby clothes and gear, now that my little one is headed to second grade, I rented a unit at Guardian Storage. Guardian Storage currently has 17 locations in the greater Pittsburgh area. They recently opened a new location in Forest Hills, and will be adding another location in Bethel Park in 2018. Guardian storage is super convenient! The storage facility also offers online billing and payment, moving carts and dollies, covered loading docks, access 365 Days-a Year and even free Wi-Fi and conference rooms. I even got to use their moving truck! If I do decide to have baby number two, I don’t want to decide between car seats, cribs and big ticket toys, like this green push car. I want to reuse what we already bought. Renting a storage unit will save time and money! It solves my problem of how to organize baby clothes, big baby toys and baby gear. All these things are being replaced in our home with dozens of Barbie dolls, a Barbie shopping mall, and a Barbie swimming pool. So, I still must organize everything that’s not dropped off at our storage unit! And the clothes my daughter now picks out, like her first grade moving up outfit above. Here are my tips for other moms who need to know how to organize baby clothes and other items: Tidy Up Tiny Toys My daughter absolutely loves tiny toys! She collects Shopkins, Num Noms and every small surprise toy on the market. Most of the brands sell storage containers, to help us keep track of the 101 plastic pieces. Plus, it’s kinda cool to see the collection in its entirety. Hide the Mess We use a toy bin to hide toys that would be rather messy if left piled up on the floor. We organize it by toy type, so we can quickly find the Barbie bin, the puzzle bin and the arts and crafts supplies. This also helps teach my daughter responsibility. She can help put things away, since she can easily place the items in the proper bins. Organize by the Season Instead of keeping clothes for all four season in my daughter’s closet, I only hang the clothes being used for that particular time of the year. I don’t have to search through sweaters for sundresses. I can easily find weather appropriate clothing. I also organize by size–ensuring my daughter quickly wears the clothes she is about to outgrow. When it comes to dresser drawers, you can purchase plastic organizers to separate small items, like onesies, under garments and socks. We bought baskets at the Dollar Tree. Hey DFTM fam–How do you organize your little one’s clothes and toys? Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.