Getting Organized: Kids’ Closets

| January 30, 2013 | 22 Comments

Girl looking at clothesThe messiest places in my house are, without a doubt, the kids’ rooms. From school papers spilling off of the desk to clothing falling out of the drawers, I know that if I don’t keep on top of them, they’ll let their bedrooms spiral into unkempt conditions very quickly! One thing that I’ve found, however, is that if the kids’ closets are neat and clean, it helps keep the rest of the room more tidy. I think the reason is because if they can get their clothing put away properly, there’s less of a mess with crumpled clothes falling off of hangers and getting tossed onto the floor. As you know, once a room starts to look messy, it can get out of control, so the secret is making it easy to keep at least one area of their rooms clean. Clean begets clean… in theory, at least!

Here are some tips on making sense out of your child’s closet:

  • Give it a thorough cleaning. Go through and take out any clothing that doesn’t fit anymore or that she won’t wear. Once you have pared the closet’s contents down to things that are worn, make sure that you have enough hangers for everything.
  • Install a bar that is at your child’s level. This is so important, and something that a lot of us forget! If your child can’t reach the bar in his closet, he’s not going to be able to hang items. He’s also not going to be able to get clothing down easily, so he’ll pull on what he wants, instead. This leads to stretched-out neckholes and hangers (with crumpled clothing) on the floor. Move the rod down and it will make a huge difference!
  • Consider installing shelving, too. You can do this with do-it-yourself wire kits that you can buy at home improvement stores, or you can have a custom closet company come in and build wood shelving for you. The latter option will be much more expensive, but these systems are also much more durable. Either way, shelves will let kids put folded clothing away easily. You could get bins for a couple of the shelves for her to store her socks and underwear, eliminating the need for a dresser.
  • Teach kids an organization strategy. The most common way to organize a closet is to hang all of the shirts together, all of the pants, all of the dresses, and so on. Another way is to put the clothes together as complete outfits and to hang them like that. So two consecutive hangers might hold the shirt and the pants that go together. This can make hectic mornings run more smoothly, because it will reduce the arguments that can arise when kids come down wearing a plaid shirt with striped pants.
  • Use the high shelf to store things that your child doesn’t need to access regularly. For example, fill boxes with out-of-season clothing that she won’t use again for several months anyway. Putting toys or games on the top shelf is a recipe for a mess (and possible injury, if she is scaling the shelves to climb up there).
  • Make it appealing. While you have everything out, consider painting the closet a bright color, or adding a pretty area rug. If it looks nice, your child might be more likely to want to keep it neat.

As with anything else, you’ll need to keep an eye on how your child is keeping up with her closet organization. These tips should help her to do most of the work herself, once she knows where everything goes.

Do you have any tips for keeping kids’ closets under control?

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  1. annette campbell says:

    My granddaughter keeps her closet very well organized. She has color coded hangers and will not let anyone else hang her clothes up. We need to get her a shoe rack though. She has over thirty pairs of shoes and she is only 11!

  2. jorjanna hacken says:

    Awesome tips in this post! I’m using them!

  3. Hey there, thanks for the follow. Oh my do I love your site! Passing this on to my daughters who have teens.
    I would like to put you blog link in my resource list on my new blog. Really, so simple, but when we all get overwhelmed we need organized lists from someone else to kick us all in the pants to figure out how to get UN-burried.

  4. Heather says:

    Great tips. I’ll be putting some to use this weekend hopefully!

  5. Arlene Whitfield says:

    Great tips! I need this!

  6. Deborah says:


  7. Alex says:

    I know my closet was a mess growing up! This helps

  8. Kayce says:

    Awesome! Now I know some ways on how I’m going to organize my daughter’s closet. Thanks for sharing! I will apply it! 🙂

  9. Holly T says:

    Great suggestions! I would love to walk into my kids closet without having to duck from all the stuff falling on my head!

  10. Cujo says:

    great tips – thanks

  11. Juana R. says:

    I think the most important tip is to teach the kids an organizational approach. Thanks for the tips, it gave me additional ideas to organize this closet over here.

  12. Jennifer Mae Hiles says:

    Love the idea of installing a kid’s height bar, such a great idea! We really need to get our kids’ room organized, it’s such a mess.

  13. Jo-Ann Brightman says:

    I forgot about a bar at the kids’ level in their closets until they told me they can’t reach it. Theswe are good tips.

  14. denise smith says:

    thanks for the tips i have 2 girls so i need them

  15. natasha brodsky says:

    This is such a huge problem for us. Thanks for the tips!

  16. Sarah L says:

    Great tips. I’m lucky that I have 2 closets where I can rotate summer to winter.

  17. tiffany dover says:

    Wow. I hadn’t thought of some of these things. Awesome!

  18. Danna Wolf says:

    The shelving tips are the key, I think.

  19. Sandy McFadden says:

    I love these tips my daughter is always looking for ways to better organize my granddaughters room …………living in a small apt and they both are nearing being teens they want their own space and these tips will help her

  20. Stacey Roberson says:

    These are great tips. I wish I could get my daughter organized. Her room definitely needs a thorough cleaning before organization, however.

  21. Mitzi Fishe says:

    This is great information for keeping your closet organized 🙂 It is not easy to keep organized. Thanks 🙂

  22. Jessica Houston says:

    This has given me some really good ideas! Thank you for this!

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