Get Your Kid’s Closet in Shape For Spring
Has your child gone through too many morning meltdowns while searching for an outfit? Spring cleaning is the perfect time to get your kid’s closet in shape. Say goodbye to searching for the right clothes beneath all the clutter, and hello to easy-breezy springtime style.
- Having lots of containers and cubbies will help your kid find things more easily. Think bins, boxes, drawers, and hanging organizers that each hold a certain type of item.
- If your child is small, Install a low rack that the little ones can reach. Use the higher rack for clothes he doesn’t wear often or things you want to keep safe, like dressy clothes.
- Use kid-size hangers so that clothes don’t just slide off and disappear!
Tuck Away Clothes You Don’t Need Right Now
- Put out-of-season clothes somewhere out of sight, like on the highest shelf in a closet. Keep them under the bed to maximize closet space.
- Create “too big” and “too small” bins: Keep a bin for items you expect your child to grow into and tuck it under the bed or on the top shelf of the closet.
- Do the same for clothes your child has outgrown, saving them for a younger sibling or a friend’s child.
Create a System for Planning Outfits in Advance
- Place a hanging accessory bag inside the closet or on the door to make getting dressed in the morning a snap. Make sure it has seven shelves (or at least five, to cover school days). Then you can place a complete outfit on each of them at the beginning of every week. Better yet, your kid can help pick out these outfits in advance, making her more excited to get dressed in the morning!
- Kids often need to wear a specific outfit or bring certain supplies for a regular activity, like sports, karate, or dance. Creating a bin for everything she needs for that activity will save you from scrambling to gather everything each time.
Add Visual Cues
- For dresser drawers, add decals that clue kids in to what’s inside. Keep a specific type of clothing in each drawer, and stick on a decal to match.
- In the closet, group similar items together – skirts with skirts, tees with tees – with circle dividers. Use dividers with big, easy-to-read words or pictures to encourage your child to keep his own clothes organized.
- In the dresser, use drawer dividers to organize clothes into types or keep them in neat stacks. Stick a label or decal on the bottom to remind your kid (and you) what goes in that spot.
- Kids don’t want to rummage through a bunch of closed containers to find what they’re looking for. They’re also less likely to put things back in the right place when they can’t easily see where they go. To help your kid stay organized, choose containers that don’t have lids or that are see-through.
Make Organizing Fun
- Bright accents on the closet and dresser will help your kid remember to use them. Add colorful door knobs or paint drawers his favorite color so they don’t just fade into the background.
- Get your kid involved: Your child will feel good about being part of the organizing process, even in a small way. Give her a task that’s manageable for her, like organizing shoes or a toy box. When she feels she has ownership over the process, she’ll want to keep her space tidy.
If kids are sharing a closet, give them each a side with the same amount of space. Keeping things even will help avoid meltdowns!
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HGTV, “Organizing Kids’ Closets”
RealSimple, “Simple Ways to Make Over Your Child’s Closet”
RealSimple, “7 Smart Ways to Organize Your Kid’s Closet”
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