How To Organize A Kids Closet
Organizing a kids closet. Is it just me or does the sound of it make you cringe a little? On the other hand, the idea of a completely clean, decluttered and organized closet sounds amazing, right? So, how do you organize a kids closet super fast and actually keep it clean?
I’m so glad you asked!
We recently redecorated my son’s room, and in the process, completely cleaned out and organized his closet. We did the whole 9 yards. We painted, installed shelves and went through every single item he had crammed in there.
There was so much stuff. He’s six (almost 7) so his clothes are still small and don’t take up a ton of room. But he had several pairs of shoes – most of them didn’t even fit anymore – and several blankets and of course. Not to mention the toys (oh, the toys!) we had to go through.
What I’ve realized since his bedroom re-do is that it’s much easier to keep his room picked up and closet organized now that he has a place for everything.
He knows the designated place for everything in his closet so he does much better putting things away in the right place to keep it organized. Again, he’s six, so of course it’s not perfect, but I’ll take “better” any day.
Since this has been such a good change for us in helping to keep his room clean, I put together 5 quick steps for how to organize a kids closet that can easily be done in one day.
However, if you plan to paint or install shelves like we did, you probably need a few days. We painted on a Saturday, installed shelves on Sunday and the next weekend we organized all the items inside the closet.
Step 1: Make a Plan of Attack
Before you begin to organize your kids closet, it’s important to have an idea of what you want the closet to look like when it’s done.
What to do you plan to store in there?
You’ll need a place for hanging clothes and shoes. Do you plan to keep folded clothes in the closet? What about bed linens, toys, keepsakes? A clothes hamper maybe?
Get a general idea of the types of items that will be in the closet and then think about what kind of storage items you might need – cloth bins, plastic crates, baskets? Make sure you have these items on hand before you move on to Step 2, otherwise you’ll find yourself w/ a big mess and nowhere to put it.
Clumsy Homemaker Pro-Tip: Clear plastic bins make it easy for kids to see where different types of items are stored. Looking for Hot Wheels? It’s easy to see them in a clear bin. This makes clean up time easier too!
It helped me to sketch out my idea for the closet first to make sure I would have enough room for all the items I wanted in the closet. Then I was able to decide what storage containers I had on hand that could be repurposed in the closet and purchase a couple other items I needed.
Step 2: Remove EVERYTHING
Get ready. Instant gratification moment coming up…
Take EVERYTHING out of the closet. This may take a little time if it’s anything like my super-full kids’ closets, but after all your hard work comes the magical moment…a completely…empty…closet. A blank slate.
Don’t worry about sorting as you remove items, just get everything out. We’ll complete the sorting process in Step 3.
For reference, here is a before and after so you know what I was dealing with. It’s a tiny closet and had NO storage to begin with.
Then we found an awesome shelf by Closetmaid that was super easy to install and gave us the right amount of vertical storage we needed. It came with additional hanging bars which we didn’t need for this setup, but will be great for some other closet re-do’s we have planned.
We added a couple extra shelves on top for even more storage…I’ll show you in the photo of the finished closet below.
Looking for a shelving unit? Here’s the one we used:
Step 3: Sort It All Out
The next step to organize a kids closet is to sort through all those goodies you just took out.
Start with clothing and shoes. Get rid of everything that no longer fits or your child just simply doesn’t like and won’t wear. There’s no reason for it to take up valuable space if it will never see the light of day.
Sort the clothes and shoes into piles for donating, selling and discarding. If you have a recycling center nearby that can take textiles, make a recycling pile also.
Then continue on with all the other items you took out of the closet sorting them into your piles.
Place your keep items neatly into your bins/baskets and put them back into the closet following the plan you laid out in Step 1.
Here are some great options for bins if you don’t already have them on hand:
Step 4: Eliminate the Piles
This step is key. Do NOT leave the piles for later.
I don’t know about you, but having a lot of clutter laying around stresses me out. No one needs more stress in their life and the whole idea of organizing the closets is to reduce stress not add to it.
So, take your discard pile to the trash immediately. For recycling or donating items, bag or box them up and put them in your car to drop them off the next time you’re in the area.
Create a holding area for items you plan to sell at your next yard sale (mine is in my unfinished basement). If you plan to sell online, get your items posted ASAP.
Step 5: Maintenance Mode
At this point, you’ve completed the first 4 steps and have a beautifually organized kids closet. Go you!! Here’s a peak at my son’s closet after we finished it.
I think we all know the real challenge is maintaining a clean and organized kids closet. It’s not easy! My kids love to hide things in all the nooks and crannies. But now that you have a designated place for everything, it will be much easier for kids to put away all their goodies in the right place when it’s time to clean up.
Labeling bins with signs – or pictures for little ones – is a huge help. Using clear bins so kids can see what’s inside also makes it easier for them to get things in the right place. That makes clean up time so much easier for all of us
Clear bins help my son clearly see which bin is for Legos so when he wants to get them out he can find them right away. But also, when we find a stray Lego laying around, because let’s face it, they’re EVERYWHERE, it’s really easy to put it away in the right place.
Another idea for maintaining organized spaces is to implement family clean up time where everyone picks up, cleans or organizes for 15 minutes per day. With 4 people working together all at once, it’s like doing an hour’s worth of work in only 15 minutes!
These 5 simple steps to organize a kids closet will get those closets in shape and a good organizing system will help keep them in shape.
Another great way to maintain an organized kids closet? Get your kids involved in the organizing process! This helps them take ownership of their space and reinforces the practice of keeping it clean. Everyone is responsible for cleaning and maintaining the home they live in.
I made a printable for you to use as your organize your kids closet. You can check off each step as you go along. I love to cross things off lists, don’t you?
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Please post your before and after pictures in the comments! I’d love to see them and in the meantime, Happy Organizing!