Organizing a kid’s closet can be very challenging. You have to think about things like the child’s age, the size of the closet(s), and what to store. However, the steps for getting them organized are the same no matter what.
So, let’s see if we can get your kid’s closet organized. (By the way, you can also use this method for clothing that may be stored in dressers, chests, etc. as well.)
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Declutter Your Kid’s Closet
The first thing you should do is to completely empty the closet. As you do this, try to keep all ‘like’ items together: shirts with shirts, pants with pants, etc. This will just make it easier to sort later.
Once this is done, take a look at the closet. You may want to take measurements if you plan on adding things like shelving, a closet system, a dresser, or other organizing helpers like bins and baskets.
Purge and Repurpose
Now, going back to the piles of clothes you made, go through them and begin to purge. Remove any clothing that no longer fit and consider donating or repurposing them. Check out Pinterest for some clever ways to repurpose clothing.
Because kids can outgrow their clothes very quickly (I probably don’t need to tell you that), I do not buy very much clothing for them. For example, I keep about seven to eight tops and three jeans for each of my boys. This not only saves me money but it keeps the closet less cluttered.
Next, separate clothing by season. This will vary according to where you live. I usually separate clothing in two piles: spring/summer and fall/winter.
After, store away the ‘out-of-season’ clothing. This will give you more room in the closet. As you do this, make sure to only store clothing you know will fit when that season comes around. If not, toss, donate, or repurpose.
Organize Your Kid’s Closet
Taking a look at what is left, determine the best way to store the clothing. The following are suggestions based on the child’s age and size of their closet.
Infant and toddler clothing is a bit tricky. Some items make it hard to fold and store in a dresser so we opt to hang them instead. If you do so, make sure to use small hangers to avoid damaging the top or outfit.
And because you will be dressing them for the most part, location in the closet shouldn’t be a problem. Make it easy for YOU to access their needs.
At this point, kids should dress themselves. While you may still want to pick out their outfits, kids should be encouraged to dress themselves.
Consider placing a shelf/rod lower so that they can access their stuff. If you feel the need to pick out their outfits, not a problem. Designate a spot in the closet for the next day’s clothes.
If you use bins and baskets, consider labeling them. Not only does it make the closet look even more organized, but it will also help kids to put their things away in the appropriate place.
Have a Young Clutterbug?
If you have a really young child that can’t seem to keep their room neat, here is a book by Stacy C. Bauer called Cami Kangaroo Has Too Much Stuff.
I love this book as it follows Cami Kangaroo as she tries to organize her room, that is, until she gets distracted…sound familiar? You can check it out on Amazon where you get to have a look inside.
By this age, tweens and teens will probably want to pick their own outfits. The only suggestion I make here is that if you want them to keep their room/closet organized, teach them how to do so.
For example, they should fold and hang their clothes immediately after drying. Don’t allow them to wait and/or create piles of clothes that they will “get to” eventually. Start these habits at a young age.
A creative way to keep their clothes organized is to have them sort their clothes by color. This will set up the closet so that every outfit has a place and it should help when picking clothes that match.
If the closet is small, think about its vertical space. Most times, closets are as tall as your room’s ceiling, about 8 feet. If this is the case you may be losing about 1 to 2 feet of precious space. This is the case in my home too.
To take advantage of this space, you can install a shelf at the top and place rarely used items up there such as sleeping bags, out-of-season clothing, and extra blankets.
Don’t forget to utilize your door. You can put up hooks and over-the-door organizers. You can even use towel bars for accessories like hats and scarves.
Toys and Games
While I am not a big fan of storing toys in a closet, you can do so if you have a large enough closet.
Just make sure to organize their toys and games in such a way that shows them where to put them back when they are finished. The best way to do this is to label any drawers, bins, and baskets.
Kid’s Closet Recap
- Begin with removing everything out of the closet so you can assess the space.
- Purge or repurpose any clothes that no longer fit.
- As you put things back into the closet think about who is using the closet (you or your child).
- Place clothing in the closet so that they can be easily accessed.
Well, readers, I hope these steps and suggestions help you get your kid’s closet organized. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below.
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