Almost every child’s room is messy. It’s just the way of childhood. Toys stay out because there is the intention to play with them later. The same goes for books, clothes, etc. When things do get cleaned, they’re often shoved haphazardly under beds or into closets. Tell the truth: don’t you dread having to look in your child’s closet each day? Here are some tips to help make your son or daughter’s closet easier to deal with.
Tips For Organizing A Child’s Closet:
Start with a major purge of the closet. Anything that hasn’t been played with or worn in the last six months (regardless of the reason) needs to be taken out of the closet and put into a new home. Ask your child to choose at least a few items of clothing and toys to donate to a daycare center. There are many charitable organizations around Charlotte, or wherever you may live, that could use the help. After that, particularly if neither you nor your child can part with the clothes completely, consider renting a small storage unit for them. This way, you can keep the things for later use (particularly if your child has younger siblings) or for memory’s sake while still getting them out of the house so you won’t have to look at the clutter every day!
Lower things a little bit. Lower the clothing bar of the closet down to a more reasonable height—one that is easy for your child to reach. Then you can simply add shelves above that bar for extra storage space. This takes away the “but I can’t reach it!” excuse for tossing clothes on the floor of the closet instead of hanging them up.
One of the best ways to utilize space is to organize things into separate boxes and containers. This way you can stack the containers on top of each other and still know where everything is. A few shelves of pretty looking and well labeled containers definitely looks better and is easier to utilize than simply stacking things independently and haphazardly on top of each other on the floor or on a single shelf.
Is there anything that you can store outside of the closet? Perhaps setting up a set of shelves for toys and games—having them out in the open makes them more likely to be put back properly and it opens up space in the closet itself.
Use a door hanger for shoes instead of a shoe rack. This will get them off of the floor and, hopefully, make it easier to keep track of them. There are few nightmares worse than the “I can only find one shoe” debacle that you discover two minutes before you’re supposed to take everyone to school. If there are empty pockets in the shoe hanger, you can use them to store other things like hats, gloves, etc.
These are just some of the things you can do to better organize your child’s closet. Remember: organization is an ever evolving thing. If something doesn’t work after a while, you can always take a different approach.
Guest post by Amanda Green, a freelance writer.
Here is an organized child’s closet that may inspire you from kellymurray.com
Have you found any tips that work well for you when organizing a child’s closet?