Learn how to organize your kids closet so that it is functional daily and will evolve as your child grows
(with FREE bin label printable)
Have you ever been overwhelmed with your kid’s closet? Is there a lack of organization? Do you feel like there are clothes and toys spilling out everywhere with no real “home” for them all? I know I have.
Before I even had my first child, there were many people who lovingly gave her new clothes, toys and hand me downs of all sizes. We were adding a new person to our household and it seemed like the amount of “stuff” multiplied over night. I knew I would need to come up with a system that evolved with her as she grew. It would have to be both functional and easy.
First, we don’t keep any toys in our kid’s rooms. We’ve decided that we want their bedrooms to be a place of rest, relaxation and very little stimulation. The only “toys” they have are books and they have A LOT of those but they are housed on bookshelves in their rooms. This might change when they’re older but for now, it works.
Our daughter’s closet had the standard single rod and shelf across the top. We painted it Pink Elephant by Behr. I have to admit, color does scare me a bit. You don’t even want to know how many samples I went through before I picked the best gray for our house! Painting just the inside of the closet is the perfect pop of color that makes me smile every time I open it.
We decided to invest in elfa Custom Shelving from The Container Store. I’ve seen options from IKEA, Home Depot and others but ultimately decided on elfa because there is a store close to our house and they are really easy to work with. A custom closet can be expensive, but if you time it right you can order during their annual 30% off sale (December-February). They also have a sale in the late summer as well.
We chose this layout.
The drawers, dirty clothes hamper and shoe shelf are accessible to my toddler and this helps her to be able to pick out some of her clothes independently.
I also capsule my daughter’s wardrobe. Capsuling is a genius idea of creating a wardrobe with less pieces that you can easily mix and match. I used to fall into the trap of buying her an item of clothing (a shirt for example) that was so cute but came home to realize that it only matched with one thing (like a pair of pants). If those pants were dirty then that shirt didn’t get worn. I realized it was such a waste of money! Trends come and go but if it’s timeless, I can most likely buy it during the next season.
So now when she is given new clothes or hand me downs, if they don’t fit within the “theme” of that season, I will either exchange them or pass them on. It is hard for me to let go of things that were given to us for free. However, the peace of mind that comes from less laundry and a closet my daughter can pick from herself is totally worth it. Work smarter, not harder right?!
On the first shelf I have one Sterilite 18 Gallon Tub. This is where the clothes she grows out of go. When she moves up to a new size I buy a bin and place a corresponding label on the outside. I like using these reusable labels from The Container Store. They peel off without residue and erase easily. As she wears something and I note it is getting too small, I place it in the bin. Once I place the last item of that size into the bin I put the lid on and stick it in the attic. Simple!
On the next shelf I have four collapsible totes. I like these from The Container Store because they are cute, inexpensive and can fit bulky items like coats and shoes since they are flexible. As we receive new clothes, I place them in the appropriate tote. By doing this, I have a good starting point to know which items I need to buy that will coordinate with the clothes she currently owns.
Lastly, we have the top shelf that holds her memory box, an overnight bag and a Pack&Play.
This closet has worked well for us so far. Everything is easily accessible and organized. No more rummaging through bags of hand me downs or toys spilling out when I open the doors. A place for everything, everything in it’s place. Perfect. 🙂
Do you want to add pretty labels to your space? I created these for her closet and hopefully they are useful to you too! Click the photo below to download these FREE labels and gain access to a library of other printables on the blog.
From my home sweet home to yours,