Kid Friendly Closet Organization
Updated: Oct 4, 2019
Do you ever get stressed out over the amount of kids clothes? I recently just revamped my daughters closet to create a kid friendly system that is helping to encourage her independence. Check out how we redid her closet on a tight budget!
Her closet before was not kid friendly, it was impossible for her to access her hanging clothes. I wanted to transform it but didn't want to spend a fortune! Below you will see the process that we took to transform her closet to allow for greater organization and independence.
REMOVE THOSE DOORS!
We started off by removing her closet doors. This allowed greater functionality, easy of use and safety. Before her doors would swing from front to back as there was nothing securing them.
MODIFY YOUR CURRENT SYSTEM
I always like to try to use what we already have when it makes sense. In our case I knew that I wanted to modify her closet to make it easier for her to get to things but I also realized that as she gets older she will need the bars higher again.
USE WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE
What we did was just to keep the current system but add to it. We used a cube bookshelf that we already had and added a shower rod to the side of it to create a shorter hanging bar. We secured the bar to the wall and bookshelf so it will not move.
GET ON THEIR LEVEL
With bring the bar down it allows my daughter to see and get to her clothes.
USE SHORT BINS
By using shorter bins in the cube bookshelf it is easier for you to see what is inside. When you use the taller size you cannot see by looking at the outside what is inside so labels are a good idea! It is also easier to keep it organized, especially if you group the clothing items by category.
I love to allow my daughter to help with the process of picking out clothes. Her favorite things to pick out are her socks, underwear or pj's. I like to keep these bins towards the bottom so it is really easy for her to get to.
I love to file fold our clothes. By doing this it is easier to see what is in the drawer/bin and super easy to grab. I just fold the pants and then instead of stacking them on top of each other I line them up like you would files in a file cabinet.
I love to color code!! Doing this with your clothes not only looks pretty but it makes finding the perfect outfit so much easier. If you are looking for say a pink pair of pants or a blue top you can just go to that colored section. It makes it so much easier when I'm trying to pick out Ellie's outfits.
FOLD PJ'S/OUTFITS TOGETHER
Picking out matching pj's or outfits has never been easier with this tip.
1- fold shirt in half lengthwise
2- fold pants
3- insert folded pants into shirt and fold shirt over pants
4- file fold package into drawer/bin
DESIGNATE A SPOT FOR EXTRA HANGERS
Your closet can become cluttered quickly if you do not get control of those hangers! I like to group the hangers together and either hang them in the beginning or the end of the rod. In Ellie's closet I had an extra bin in her bookshelf so I just grouped all of the extra hangers there. It makes it super easy when it comes time to hang up her hangers as I can just pull down the basket and hang up her clothes.
USE FELT HANGERS
I love using felt hangers in closets. They keep the clothes from sliding off and allow you to store so much more! By having one uniformed type of hanger will keep your space more organized as well as look more cohesive.
HANG CLOTHES SO THEY FACE YOU
When hanging your clothes make sure that you hang them so that the front of the clothes faces you. So instead of looking at the back of your shirt flip it so that you can see the front. It will help you find what you are looking for so much easier.
LAUNDRY BASKET ACCESS
Make sure that you have a laundry basket that is easily accessible to your child. In Ellie's closet since we lowered her hanging bar and added the bookshelf there was not room for a traditional laundry basket. What I did was used a white bin from the Dollar Tree and put it on the floor under her hanging clothes. It is easy for my daughter to access each morning and evening to put her dirty clothes away. It has also helped us keep up on her laundry as we cannot fit much in it so we are doing her laundry more often.
This has been a game changer for us! During my Sunday prep routine I have been planning out our outfits for the school days. This helps us during the crazy school day mornings as we are not trying to find clothes to wear. Below is the process that I follow.
1- look at the weather for the week
2- pick out 5 tops and 5 bottoms and match them together
3- put each outfit into the plastic container
4- each school day we pick out one of those 5 outfits, I do not specify what outfit is warn on which day (unless if a special occasion like picture day etc.)
TOO SMALL/NEXT SIZE BINS
Since kids grow through their clothes so quickly we have implemented a too small bin into my daughters closet. Anytime something is too small we put it in this bin and then when it gets full I add it to our clothing storage in the basement. I also have a bin in her closet for clothes that are in the next size up that way as I find deals or she is gifted clothes we can add them there and then when we need to change sizes I just pull the bin down and switch out her sizes. This is especially nice when they are little as they are growing through sizes so quickly.
I hope you picked up a few tips that you can implement into your kids closet!!