Kids' Closet Organization

Kids' closets need flexible storage that is capable of changing along with their needs. Explore these storage tips and organization ideas for kids' closets.

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It's easy to keep a kid's room tidy with super cool storage. Soft bins and baskets are perfect catchalls for young children because they are soft, sturdy, and can accommodate everything from toys to extra linens. Collapsible totes fit neatly beneath kids' hanging clothes, and are hassle-free for parents and babysitters to grab for outings. A single wall of drawer and cubby storage keeps kids' storage tucked away. 

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Allow Room to Grow

When deciding on a closet storage system for your child's room, consider a closet organizer that can grow with your child's needs. A wire closet organizer can be adjusted to accommodate hanging items and accessories at almost any height. Add personality and practicality to kids' closets with colorful mix-and-match accessories, such as plastic drawers and open baskets.

Make It Personal

Most children's rooms come up short on storage space. If your child's closet is too small—or she doesn't have one—it's easy to create a totally customized kid's closet from a piece of furniture. With a little ingenuity and inspiration, an ordinary armoire transforms into a playful kid's closet. As you build a new storage unit, you also have the freedom for personalized features. Before installing shelves, for example, place contact paper on the back surface so your kid gets a closet that cheers them up every morning. 

Storage for Small Kids: Think Small

When customizing a kid's closet, think from a child's point of view. Infant and toddler clothes are short and slim and therefore need little space for hanging. Small children need more drawers and cubbies, so consider slipping a dresser into the closet if space permits. Remember: If you want kids to be able to dress themselves or access playthings, place those items on their level. Use stackable storage with plenty of catchall spaces for frequently used items. Labeled rolling bins sort everything from toys to blankets and are easy for small hands to reach.

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Tip: Plan outfits at the beginning of the week to make mornings a breeze.

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Kid Closets for Two

School, sports, and playtime come with enough accessories—so how do you organize a shared kids' closet and respect personal space? A tall, symmetrical closet system gives each girl her own place for clothing, shoes, and accessories. Two rows of clothing rods can be adjusted as kids grow. A central tower of drawers and cubbies provides storage for folded and seasonal items. Open cubbies across the floor to sort pairs of shoes.

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Visuals remind little ones where everything belongs. Encourage children to be part of the decluttering process with picture labels or color-coded tags that help them know where to find and return items. Sort clothing, shoes, toys, and accessories into labeled bins and drawers to get kids in the habit of cleaning up after themselves. Use shallow, transparent bins to store play clothes and toys so children don't need to empty the contents to reach items at the bottom.

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No Closet? No Problem

Don't fret if you kid's room doesn't have a closet, or if the closet is used for toy storage or a workspace. Wardrobes work just as well and can be rehabbed to include a place for hanging clothes. Knock out a column of shelves in your storage unit and sand down the sides. If you want, you can paint or cover the inside surface with contact paper. Then, install a rod near the top to hold a small collection of coats and jackets. You may add a second rod to your makeshift closet, or stack with storage containers. 

Sort by Season

At the start of every season, take an hour or so out of your day to reorganize the clothes in your kid's closet. In the summer, place sweatshirts and long-sleeves neatly at the top and move lighter clothes down and within reach. Bins at the top are great for holding out-of-season shoes or storing hats and gloves until the winter comes. This is also a great way to continually rid the closet of clothes that are too small or are no longer worn. 

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