How do you get your kids to keep their closets tidy -- and make their clothes storage functional and well-designed, too? Try these easy DIYs that take the chore out of getting dressed and keeping clothes organized.
Doors can be cumbersome on closets, especially in small rooms. To make it easier to access (and hide) the contents of your kids closet, consider replacing the door with a boldly patterned fabric fashioned into a curtain. Here, oversize grommets and a window treatment rod allow the fabric door to be closed and opened, while a contrasting patterned tieback keeps it out of the way when necessary.
Open shelves in a closet needn’t be formally divided in order to improve storage. Simply use labels or plastic hanging tabs (available at office supply stores) to delineate types of clothing. Print out words on pretty patterned paper and insert into the clear hangers.
“Like with like” is a well-rehearsed line in any storage expert’s vocabulary. That goes for kids’ clothes, too: Group the same types of items together and you (and your kids) will have an easier time finding and putting away clothes. In a closet, circle dividers are a simple way to separate clothes. To add labels, simply print out words on pretty patterned paper and glue to both sides of the divider, trimming excess paper as needed. Or, cut your own divider with stiff cardstock.
“Can you see me?” should be a question you ask of all possible storage containers for kids’ clothes. If children can see what’s in the basket or tub, they are more likely to remember where it is and find what they need. Here, a double handle wire basket offers a quick and easy solution for unwieldy tutus.
Underbed or up-high storage is great for kids clothing items that are seasonal -- rain or snow boots, bulky jackets -- and take up tons of closet storage space. To keep items as clean as possible, consider fabric or sturdy paper boxes with lids, and see-through windows so you can easily identify what’s in the box.
Mornings are a constant rush for kids and parents, especially during school days. A few quick minutes the night before, and some cleverly placed kids clothes storage, and your little ones can figure out outfits and eliminate the bleary morning decision-making. Use a short rod with a few pegs for clothes, and a small basket for shoes, socks, and underwear.
For the uber-organized kids, a few extra days of clothing planning can be a fun way to plan out a week. Individual garment bags and coat hooks are a fun way to divide up items and keep them within easy reach of kids clothes' storage. Look for preprinted bags, or adorn your own with patterned decals or fun stickers.
If you make clothes storage fun for kids, they're more likely to be engaged in keeping their rooms and their closets cleaner. For the sports enthusiast, look for a basketball-theme laundry basket, or modify one yourself with decorative tape and a few paint pens.
Stick-on decals are a great way to give visual cues to kids, particularly little ones who haven’t mastered consonants and vowels yet. These clever shapes help kids to identify where to find -- and put away -- essential clothing items. Check out removeable decals so you can take them off if needed as kids age.
Drawer dividers are a built-in way to help your kids gain the well-organized clothing habit. Here, plastic dividers provide space for socks and underwear, and labels help as reminders, too. Tip: Dividers with moveable slots offer adaptability as kids (and their clothes) get bigger.
For activity-bound kids, organizing gear into separate containers can help alleviate the last-minute dash for socks, pants, and other apparel. Give each child a basket per activity, and create a label that lists all items needed for practice or game day. Consider color-coding based on kid or team colors, too.
Most parents have some items on hand that kids will grow into. But instead of jumbling those shirts, pants, shoes, and the like in a giant box, consider dividing them into smaller clear plastic containers based on size and season. Here, decorative images (a sun and snowflake) and small labels help to identify what's in the box and when it will be appropriate for use.
One thing that’s true about kids: They start little but get big. Any closet system should be able to grow with them, their clothes, and their storage abilities. For starters, make sure to have shelves and rods at toddler height so clothes can hang where kids can see and access them. Taller rods can hold items that they’ll grow into.
Measure the standard size of shirts, pants, and other clothing items to ensure you have enough growing space in your kids clothes storage. Here, a rod and shelf move higher to accommodate the longer shirts and pants of a growing kid.