The beginning of an organized kids’ room starts with clothing. It is easier than you think to have an organized kids’ closet. Below are a few ideas for toddler and kid closet organization. Clothing can easily clutter up a room fast. Gifts from families at birthdays and Christmas often include clothing for the next season, and it is easy to stash them in the room even if the child will not wear the clothes for a good season or two in the future. Kids grow so fast that it can be difficult to keep up with the maintenance of a closet. I have found that with my daughter, I need to go through her close almost every three to six months. As children get older, it is not as necessary to go through clothes as often, but at least once a year it is a good idea to organize clothing.
I have been a nanny for a few families, and have babysat many times. I know how tough it can be for parents to wrangle all those clothes in that come with little ones. This post will help you with some tried and true ways in which I keep my daughters clothes organized and tidy, and ensure that she is using everything in her closet.
1. Only keep clothing in the dresser and closet that currently fit the child
Start by going through all clothes and setting aside two piles, clothes that no longer fit, and clothes that still fit. Next, take all the clothes that are too small for your child or are in bad shape and set them aside.
If you have clothing that is too big for your child in your closet, store these clothing items in a bin and keep them in a storage closet or on the top shelf of your child’s closet. It will be fun to pull the new clothes down when the time comes, and it frees up extra space in the dresser for current clothing. I keep my daughters clothes that will fit her next season in a pretty bin and get so excited when I look in there. It also curbs unnecessary spending when you have to find storage for future clothing items. Buy for next season ONLY if it is an amazing sale, but try not to buy too much for future seasons. It can get really tough to organize clothing.
2.Donate or recycle unused/ damaged clothing
Do you have ripped or damaged clothes? Rather than throwing them in the trash, consider making rags out of them for cleaning. Another idea is taking small and old t-shirts and making a bin of “clothing” for babies and teddy bears! We did this and my daughter loves her baby clothes bin.
Donate clothing no longer wanted or needed to a friend who has children or to a charity. Clothing is always needed and appreciated as a hand-me-down! You can also consign or sell clothing in good condition at local sales, consignment stores, on Ebay or Craigslist.
3. Store clothes for future use in a bin out of childs’ room
If you are expecting more children to use the clothes that no longer fit, wash them, fold them neatly, and store them in a bin labeled by the size/ age/ gender of the child. We have done this will all our baby clothes and found it is an easy way to organize clothes for our next child.
4. Mindfully put clothes back in dresser/ closet
Be mindful about how you put your neatly and freshly organized clothes back. A major part of keeping clothing organized is how it is stored. This is how I have found it is easiest to keep my child’s clothing tidy. I store all her socks/ undies/ and tights on our upper dresser. I roll her pants in the second drawer. I wish I had discovered rolling her clothes sooner! It keeps items from wrinkling and organizes neatly, so I can see all her selections (rather than folding one on top of the other). I also roll her skirts, stack her shorts, and roll her pajamas in a drawer. I hang her tops and dresses, and keep her dress up clothes hanging on the bottom and most accessible rod so she can play with them as she wishes! I have started the method of “turning around the hanger backwards” of clothing she wears, so if after a few months I can donate tops and dresses she never wears or no longer fit. It is an easy way to see what gets worn and what does not. For her shoes, I have a pull out bin on the bottom of her closet. She is easily able to access her shoes when she needs to, and that is helpful for me!
Bins are another great solution if you are tight on storage space, and are especially useful for small items such as bathing suites, socks, tights, winter gear, and underwear. There are so many fun and colorful bins that stack well or fit under the bed.
What solutions have you found work for you? Share with me! We are always on the quest for manageable solutions for our family to keep our life simple, tidy, and with more room for the important things!