Is your little one’s messy closet driving you up the wall? “Messy” is the default state for most children’s rooms. Kids typically leave clothes and toys strewn about with the idea they will come back to them later. The lack of organization can make it almost impossible to find needed items, especially on a busy school morning. think how easy the morning dress-up battle would be if you knew where exactly every sock, T-shirt, and favourite pair of shoes were. Well, we have got just the solution for you, here are 6 tips for quickly organizing your little one’s closet!
The first step is to create a blank slate. You should start by taking everything out of your child’s closet. This will allow you to see exactly what is in the closet, so you can sort the items later. Make sure you set aside items that do not actually belong in your child’s room, such as overflow clothes from your closet or the extra sleeping bag that could be better stored somewhere else. Once you empty the closet, you should analyse the space and assign areas for specific items such as shoes, clothes, toys, and hampers.
The next step is to tackle the items that cannot be hung. You may want to consider adding shelves for things like toys or games. Hanging canvas shelves or putting a small dresser in the closet is perfect for storing items such as PJs and underwear. Door organizers and small plastic bins can be used for smaller items such as belts and other accessories.
Among the pile of clothes laying around, many of them are either in no use or worn out so it is best to sort them out and clear up space.
- The “Stay” Pile. This is for anything seasonally appropriate, in good condition, that your child is actively wearing.
- The “Save” Pile. This is for out-of-season clothes your child does not need right now. By putting your “save” pile into storage until the right season rolls around, you will save space and energy keeping your child’s closet and drawers clean.
- The “Pass Down” Pile. If you have more than one kid, it is common to save clothes the oldest grows out of for their younger sibling(s) to wear later. Create a separate stack for these items.
- The “Donate” Pile. Are you holding onto gently worn items that your kids really will not get much use out of? Do not let them take up valuable space. Instead, separate these items from the rest of your kid’s clothes and donate themto someone who could really use them. Look for a local non-profit that supports children in need. Chances are, there is at least one in your area that could use the support!
- The “Discard” Pile. This is for items that are overly worn, faded, ripped, or torn. If something needs to go but is not in good enough condition to donate, it is time to toss it.
You can recruit your children to help with this process, or you can tackle the task yourself. Either way, you should aim to get through as much as possible in one sitting.
You should make storage bins your new best friends. It is best to start with clear containers without lids so you and your child can easily see what is inside. It is important to make sure each bin is properly labelled. You can use pre-printed labels, erasable labels, or even pictures of the contents. This will help you and your child return things to their proper place. The bins should be organized according to similar items such as art supplies, beach gear, and board games. Of course, you should put the least used or out of season items on the higher shelves.
Maintain Closet Order
A few final touches can help you maintain the organization that you just achieved.
- Make sure your child has a hamper or laundry basket nearby for dirty clothes. The clothes are less likely to end up on the floor if the hamper is within easy reach.
- Keep a spare bin marked “too small” for items that your child outgrows. Once you determine that your child has outgrown an item, immediately put it in the bin. You can then sort through the bin every three to four months to determine what can be donated or given to friends and family.
- Check the contents of the “too big” bin every couple of months. There may be items that your child has grown into that can be added to the clothing rotation.
- Take a few minutes each day to straighten up, and make sure everything is back in the appropriate place.