Organizing Kids Closets

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I wanted to do a post about how I organize my kids closets because I have had a few of you asking me how I do it. I like to keep things super simple, so this is going to be short and sweet so you can spend your time getting organized.

The first thing I do is the same process I do when I clean out my own closet. I’ve talked about how you don’t want to go through other people’s things and start getting rid of other people’s things, but your kids are the exception. As long as they are little.

I think it’s important to teach our older kids this process so they can decide for themselves how they want to have their closet organized and what they want to be wearing.

So step one is going to be to empty the closet and clean it out. Then you are only going to put back what fits and what your kids actually wear. But the way you put it back is what I am going to share with you today.

I created a system for this, and I use it for all my kids. Right now in their closet they have a hanging rack and 4 drawers. I hang their button front shirts and dresses and skirts. I organize their drawers in the following manner:

drawer 1: socks/underwear/pj’s

drawer 2: long sleeve on left/short sleeve on right

drawer 3: sweatshirts on left/shorts on right

drawer 4: play + school pants on left/ church pants on right

I also keep a small amount of clothing for them. They have a minimum of 6 shirts in each category and a maximum of 10. Sweatshirts only 2.  For play pants they have a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6. Church pants minimum of 2, maximum of 4.

There is a PDF in the Resource Library to help you with this. If you want it, click here.

This makes it SUPER easy to put away clothes and to get dressed. They can just wear what is next in their drawers, or what I think is really cool is to have set outfits for each day of the week. So, wear the same thing every Monday, and so on.

I save VERY little hand me downs, and they go right in the drawers with the rest of the clothes because otherwise I miss them and they don’t get used at all.

I have a separate spot for the swim things for the entire family in the linen closet.

When you are doing your kids closets there is a couple things I want you to be aware of.

Do you know their nature?

The reason it’s good to know their nature is because when you wear clothes that support your nature, you feel better. You are more aligned.

Another reason it’s good to know their nature is because if you have a Type 2 kid, you might want to make sure you keep their favorite shirt. It means a lot to them to be able to wear their favorites.

If you want more information about natures you can learn from Carol Tuttle here.

The only thing I don’t do that Carol teaches is that I don’t let my kids be messy. I know she used to teach that Type 1’s should be able to throw their clothes in a bin under their bed, but I want to teach my kids how to have a proper closet because I think this will serve them better in the long run.

Marie Kondo actually talks about this in her book, The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She says it doesn’t matter what your nature is, you can learn to organize and you can be successful at it if you do it the right (her) way. So this is what I teach my kids.

Some kids you can go through their closet with and others it will be too overwhelming. You know your kids. If it’s going to be overwhelming to them, have them pick out their 10 favorites and let those be the ones they get to wear.

Another tip is that if you clean out their closet for them, consider keeping their clothes that you want to discard in a box where they can’t see it for a couple weeks in case they ask for something and really want it back.

If you save a box, you need to label it and date it and get rid of it within 4 weeks. Do not let yourself reopen the box. There is no need to second guess yourself on what you already decided. The only reason you saved it is to honor your child.

One last tip.

You have to take what I do and make it work for your family. If you only do laundry once a week, you need to make sure they have clothes to last for that. I don’t want you to think that what I do is the only right way to do it. If it doesn’t work for your family, it’s not the right way.

Okay. Clean out their closets so it’s easy for you to do laundry and stay on top of the kids room. When it’s super easy to do, they are going to be able to put away their own clothes, and that will save you even more time!