7 Tips on Organizing a Kids Closet Including Clothing and Toy Organization, Plus Other Kids Room Storage Ideas
Designing closet and other storage solutions for children has its own unique challenges. The needs are somewhat different than for an adult because they change so quickly. Flexibility is key to successful long-term closet organization for kids. Possessions that need to be organized usually include both clothing, school materials and toys.
Kids may be small, but they often have a lot of stuff — and more comes in all the time due to the changing nature of children's needs. It's easy to lose control over the ever-increasing clutter. If you want your offspring to keep their things neat and tidy, you must make it easy for them. Provide storage solutions that are convenient today and tomorrow. Closet rods need to be able to be raised to accommodate longer garments as the child grows. Shelf height should also be adjustable so that they can be positioned most convenient to the child's current reach.
Kids Closet Organizing Ideas:
Provide Convenient Storage Away from the Sleeping Area:
Keeping the space around your child's bed clear of clutter will provide a less distracting and peaceful environment, helping to ensure a good night's rest. Put your child's closet to good use with a combination of hanging, shelving, baskets and bins. Items that they use frequently should be positioned on shelves at a height they can access themselves. This will help to keep them organized. Clothing that you are waiting for them to grow into, out of season blankets and sweaters or special occassion items can be stored on upper shelves that only you can reach.
Hanging Space Should be Double or Even Triple Hang:
Although babies will not be able to put their own things away, but you'll want to make it as easy as you can on yourself to stay organized during the busy infant and toddler years. After all, everything is easier when you're organized. Babies generally have a lot of stuff. Extra diapers, clothing, pacifiers, books, teethers, toys, blankets, sleep gear, snuggies and other special carriers all need someplace to go when not in use. The best way to organize a baby closet is to consolidate the garments into a small section of the closet using triple hang closet rods. This will free up more space for shelving and baskets to store the rest of the baby stuff. Position the drawers at a height that is convenient for you, but make sure the system is adjustable so that everything, including rods and shelves, can be moved when the child is older and can put their own things away. An added benefit to keeping your child's space organized when they are young is that the child will pick up on your organization habits and be more inclined to follow suit as they grow older.
Organizing a Kids Closet with a Lot of Baskets and/or Bins:
All types of baskets and bins, especially pull out baskets, are extremely useful when organizing a kid's closet. It's a good way to coral a lot of like items into a single container. First organize the toys according to how they are played with — e.g. dolls and doll furniture go into one basket, Hot Wheels go in a different basket, Legos in another. Use a basket liner if you plan to store small pieces like Playmobiles so that you don't lose parts. Separating the toys like this will make it more fun for your children because it makes them easy to find when they want to play, and tiny pieces won't get lost. When the child gets older, the pull out baskets can be reused as built-in laundry containers.
Consider Sturdy Storage Solutions that Can Be Repurposed When the Child is Older:
Because of the fleeting nature of childhood, many people are tempted to go with inexpensive, low quality storage solutions. Products come in all kinds of price points, but it is a good idea to remember that you get what you pay for. The cheap stuff often falls apart even before the child out grows it. If you end up having to replace it, it basically means that you end up pay twice as much as the original price tag. It can even present a safety hazard if it falls apart when the child is trying to use it. It's better to think long-term and get something sturdy that will last. Again, flexibility is key to being able to make the storage work all the way from the toddler years to adolescence and beyond.
Install a Lot of Bookshelves:
Even if they don't get used for reading material, bookshelves are a great storage solution in a child's bedroom as a supplement to the closet. While storage of clothing, games and toys can be distracting and are best kept away from the sleeping area, display shelves serve another purpose. Children like to be able to see their favorite possessions. A collection of bedtime stories, stuffed animals, photos and trophies are perfect for a bedroom bookcase. If you must use these shelves for toy storage, use baskets or cabinet doors to keep everything out of site.
Use Low Storage Cabinets:
When there are many children and a lot of toys, storage outside the child's bedroom may be necessary. A basement playroom can be an ideal kids' playroom, especially when combined with numerous storage cabinets to contain all the toys behind closed doors. If you decide to go this route, make sure that the cabinets and shelving are low enough for the children to access on their own. The ability to close the doors will keep the room looking neat, and the countertop will be appreciated by the children as an additional play space.
As long as you plan ahead and build it right, this same playroom can become a great family activity area as the kids grow older. Repurpose it as a video game room, movie night room, craft area, or even a space for supervised teen parties.
Build a Dedicated Craft Area:
Whether it's modeling clay, paint or something else, children seem to be constantly bringing home school projects that involve some type of crafts. They may learn a lot with this type of hands on learning, but there's no way around it — this type of homework is messy. It's best to keep crafts storage out of your child's bedroom if possible. If you can't keep it out of the bedroom, then select a dedicated corner away from the sleeping area and partition it for this activity. Even better, if you can find a corner or a separate room elsewhere in your home that can be dedicated to this pursuit, it will help the bedroom stay a lot neater and more organized. For younger school age children, the craft area will be the same place where they do most of their homework, since craft projects and homework are often one and the same. (Older children are better off doing homework in their rooms or another quiet space). A room, a corner, or perhaps just a small cabinet or drawer that is designed to contain all the crafty materials can make all the difference in keeping your kids organized and their bedrooms clean.
Effective kids closet organizing ideas include using a lot of bins, baskets and shelves. All shelves and storage should be adjustable, so that it can be changed around as the child grows. Limit the amount of space you need for clothing by consolidating it into a double or triple hang section of the closet. This will open up more space for shelving that can be organized with favorite toys, sleeping bags and all the other gear that all children seem to have. Install extra bookshelves in the bedroom. Children like to be able to see their favorite stuff. Try and move the crafts storage to a different area in the home if possible. Most of all, make sure that they are able to use their storage. The best way to encourage your children to take advantage of all the storage solutions that you have set up for them is to make is very easy. Use low storage cabinets and shelving to encourage them to put their things away by themselves.
Good habits start young. If you can get the kids accustomed to being organized at an early age, those habits will probably last a lifetime. It can definitely make a difference in their lives because, as we all know, everything is easier when you're organized.
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