Ok, so we just had Sophia’s birthday party this weekend, and of course, she got more clothes than she needs… on top of the full closet of clothes she already has. In order for me to keep track of what she has so getting her dressed (or more accurately, letting her get herself dressed) in the mornings can be as smooth as possible, I needed to take inventory of her clothing collection. And organize it in a major way!
How to Organize a Kid’s Clothes Closet
So here was my method of tackling my daughter’s closet… and how I went from chaos…
to blissful organization!
The process is relatively simple, I promise.Before I share the details of my purging, sorting and storing process, let me just also show you her closet before the change.
Clearly, everything was just sorta thrown on hangers in there, with no rhyme or reason for location… not organized and not pretty!
So step one (and this one will feel a bit counterproductive, but stick with me) is to take everything out of the dresser and the closet. Place it on the floor. Yes, you are making a bigger mess for now, but trust me, in order to tackle the clothing inventory correctly, this is a necessary evil. Here is what my floor looked like at this point…
Now, the next part is probably the most time-consuming one. You must go through each item of clothing and decide its fate… This means, for me, I had several piles that I was throwing clothes into: out-of-season clothes, dirty clothes, trash clothes, pajamas, shirts, cardigans, dresses, skirts, shorts, pants and swim gear. Out of season clothes are long-sleeved shirts and heavy pants and other Winter wear (it’s Summer time here now!) Dirty clothes are clothes that belong in the hamper, immediately! Trash clothes are items that have become stained, dirty, worn or otherwise disgusting! The rest of the categories are self-explanatory. Here is my floor after this step.
The final step is an easy one… simply put everything back into the dresser or closet. Here is my dresser when I was done. I found these chalkboard labels at the Target Dollar Spot- love that place!
My drawers say “Swim,” “Skirts” and “Shorts” (which also houses capris and light summer pants).
Here is a little organizer in my closet with dollar store baskets. They are also labelled with tags I got from Target. These are labelled “Underwear,” “Socks,” “Pajamas,” and “Dress-Up Gear.” That last one is filled with the myriad of character dresses she owns and wears!
And here is her closet… As you can see, I split up the closet rod into three sections: one that houses her dresses, one that houses her shirts/tops, and one that houses her cardigans/spring jackets.
At this point, I don’t have any real closet dividers (like these I made previously), but it’s on my to-do list. Hope this helps anyone interested in getting some control over clothing overload in a kid’s room!