Before becoming a parent, you saw baby and kids clothes as something so darn cute and loved buying them for others. You couldn’t wait to dress your own one day. Well, that day came which was great but then you had to figure out how to organize them. Who knew something so small could be such a challenge?!
You finally get it all organized and they are already moving up to the next size, you’re even left with some items that never got worn and still have tags on them!
As they get older it does get easier but they still don’t have adult size clothes so their closets aren’t going to look the same as ours. There are items they have that will work in their closets but not in ours. For example, girls dresses (up to a certain size) will be able to fit in a closet on the top rack with a bottom rack also below it with clothes.
Here’s how you can organize and manage your kid’s closets:
- Sort by type. Take every piece of clothing and categorize it into the following:
- T-shirts/Short Sleeved
- Long Sleeved
- Sweatsuit sets
- Dress shirts
- Hang Up Dresses, Dress Shirts, Dress Pants, and Skirts. Then color code. Play pants can be hung too if you don’t have room to store them on a shelf or dresser. We have our kids stored on a shelf, it was easier to get to them and put them away rather than hanging them up on a hanger (personal preference).
- Shelf and Dresser Storage. There are two different ways to store the rest of the clothes. In a Closet shelf, dresser drawers or both.
- Shelf Storage: Store pants folded once flat or folded twice if they are long. Stack sweatshirts, long-sleeved, short-sleeved etc. LABEL the shelves, use a label maker so it’s easy to remove and doesn’t make any marks. You should be able to get two categories per shelf depending on how many clothes you have.
- Dresser Storage: Use drawer organizers. Store all clothing vertical (similar to the rolling method but a bit more square) this will allow you to see everything there.
- Use Drawer Organizers For Socks & Underwear. Kids socks and underwear are small, using drawer organizers will help keep it all together.
- Store seasonal items such as swimwear and sports gear in canvas storage bins and be sure to label them. Folding gear like this is tough, storing them in a bin is much easier.
- Keep a storage bin labeled as “Outgrown” in their room. Once they have outgrown an item, it’s easy to quickly put it in a bin and wait for the bin to get full. Once the bin is full, you have a few options:
- Save & store the clothing for siblings.
- Sell items online.
- Use a sturdy bin/box for shoes or a shoe organizer. Bins are easier to teach them where their shoes belong when they take them off. Plus, kids shoes are very small and hard to use with an organizer (unless it’s a dedicated one for kids).