Organizing bedroom closets for toddlers and elementary school children can be a challenge because most closets were designed for the average adult. To encourage your children to participate in selecting and putting away their clothing on a regular basis, you need to have a closet that works well for them. Here are some of my tips for organizing clothing closets for children:
Look at it from their perspective
Kneel or crouch down so you are at the same height as the child. Take a look at what you can see, how high you can reach, and what you can put away at that height. This is the prime real estate area of the closet for your child, put the clothing and shoes they use most in this area.
Determine if your child likes to use hangers or fold clothing
Sometimes, the act of putting clothing on an hanger is too difficult for a child, or it just doesn’t suit their personal style. If this is the case, consider using shelves or drawers in the closet, instead of hanging rods.
Lower the closet rods, or add a second lower hanging rod
If your child wants to hang up clothing, lower the closet rod, or add an adjustable hanging closet rod like this to double or triple hanging space.
Use hanging fabric closet organizer shelves
These hanging shelves help to keep clothes within reach, and are great for holding folded sweaters or sweatshirts.
This one with the days of the week on it is perfect if you’re in the habit of choosing a week’s worth of clothes at once:
This one has separated compartments and some drawers in it for smaller items:
Separate clothing by purpose
When laying out the clothes, separate clothing into different sections for school clothes, play clothes and formal clothes. This will make it easier to select and put away clothing.
Determine what should be stored in the closet
Decide if this closet is for clothing only, or if it will store toys and games as well. It is very easy for closets to become cluttered if too much is being stored inside. If you do this, designate one side or section for clothing and the other for toys and games.
Have your child help choose the storage products
Involve your child in the selection of storage products. If they choose a hamper or drawer in a color or style they like, they will be more likely to use the it.
Add labels to shelving, drawers and containers. You can also take photos or use print pictures of items to visually label things for children who cannot yet read.
Use color coding
Color coding is especially helpful if you have children sharing a closet. For example, one child could have their clothing on red hangers, while the other’s clothing is on blue hangers.
Use low hanging hooks
If there’s space, place low hanging hooks on the walls or doors to hold things like school bags, hats, or bathrobes.
Add shelf dividers
If your closet has shelving, use shelf dividers to prevent piles from toppling over into one other.
Place a step stool nearby
I suggest placing less frequently used items on the higher closet rod and shelves, and having a step stool by the closet will make it easier for your child to reach most of their things without help.
Put a laundry hamper near the closet
Placing a laundry hamper or laundry basket near the closet will help prevent piles of clothing from piling on the floor.
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