Hey guys! This is Part 2 of my previous post Organizing Kids’ Clothes, which I posted yesterday. If you haven’t read Part 1, you can read it here first. These posts are the suggested organization task for Week 11 of our 52 Weeks to a Neat House™ challenge. You can access our challenge gallery here.
I dedicated Part 1 of this task to decluttering, folding and organizing my son’s everyday / casual clothing, inside his dresser. Today, on part 2, I will show you how I organized the closet.
Before, jumping into how I organized the clothing – and other loose ends found inside the closet- I would like to point out one more time, that the closet I worked with is builder’s grade, that means that it does not have any built-in or specialty shelving. So, I would like to link you to some resources that helped me get this closet organized without spending a fortune in closet systems.
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Organizing Kids’ Clothes In a Closet Without Spending a Fortune
To start off, this closet is a standard closet 6 ft wide by 8 ft tall by 2 ft deep, with sliding mirrored doors, and it only has wire shelving on the top. This is how the closet looks like with doors closed.
This is how it looked inside before I organized.
This is how it looks now on the left:
This is how it looks now on the right
Because of the lack of shelving, a couple of years ago, I decided to make the closet functional by adding the following products:
- 9-cube organizer – These units are so easy to assemble, lightweight and functional. The organizer is less than 1 foot deep which makes it so easy to insert inside the closet.
- Fabric drawer inserts – They are sold in several colors to match any decor. I opted for white.
- Stackable shelf organizer – I use this shelf to keep the shoes
- Various bins and baskets – I recently added three matching navy blue bins to give the top wire shelf a more finished look.
Organizing Kids’ Clothes: What to Store Inside the Closet?
This is up to you. Some items are obvious like shoes and dress clothes. For this project, I opted to hang some t-shirts too since I consider they are in good shape and condition, and I would not like my son to just grab them and put on a daily basis. So here are some items you may consider hang inside the kids’ closet:
- Collar shirts
- Dress clothes
- Long sleeve shirts
- Pants – if you may, I like to fold them-
- Costumes and dress-up clothes
- School uniforms
I also opted to hang his polo shirts he wears for school. Even though uniform is not mandatory, the school encourage parents and kids alike to wear solid color collar shirts and solid color shorts or pants. I truly like this. It not only raises my child to always be well presented, but it takes the guessing out of the picture each morning.
On the other side of the closet, I hung and organized the shirts in the order that works for me: long sleeves casual, long sleeve dress shirts, sweaters, pullovers and blazer. The two light baby blue boxes sitting on top of the shelf, hold all of his newborn memorabilia such as hospital bracelets, beanies, booties, bib, first pacifier, baby bottle, rattle, mittens, cards and letters. It’s a gorgeous keepsake to have, and easy to access.
The 9 -cube organizer holds the following items inside fabric bins:
- Bigger size shorts (hand me downs from family and friends)
- Folded jeans and pants. Because we live in South Florida, these are used seldom.
- Soccer gear such as socks and shin guards
- A fourth bin holds random items such as backpacks and baseball caps.
I left in the open shelving items we want to have in plain sight such as:
- Dress shorts
- School shorts
- Swimming trunks and rash-guards
- Winter hoodies and sweatshirts – the cool weather is over so I will be moving these over to one of the bins in the top shelf.
I organized shoes by ‘activity’ to put it that way, so it is easier for my son to just find what he’s looking for, grab and go.
Top shelf for soccer cleats and sneakers, middle shelf for flip flops, crocs, pool shoes and slippers, and bottom shelf for dress shoes. We have a whole other shoe shelving in our downstairs closet which I have plans to turn into a semi-mudroom. I will make sure to link back when that happens!
The whole ‘closet system, truthfully works great for me, for my son and for our current needs.
As I mentioned on part 1, decluttering and organizing this closet (and the dresser) was absolutely necessary as I am constantly (blessed) receiving hand me down clothing from family and friends. But purging and organizing kids’ clothing is something that needs to be done in a rather monthly basis since they outgrow clothes and shoes so fast.
Lastly, these bins on the top shelf, definitely add extra storage without the cluttered look. Last year, I decluttered stuffed animals and I kept the ones that meant the most to our son (and to me).
Those where displayed for a long time on the top shelf, but now it was time to give the closet a more seamless and simply organized look so I tossed them inside the shelf. They are still within reach but concealed.
I hope this kids’ clothing organization inspires you and you find the resources and tips useful! If you are a Pinterest user, here are a couple of pinnable images for you to save in your favorite board!
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