5 Tips For Keeping Your Kids Closets Organized and Tidy

Was one of your New Year’s Resolutions to get organized?  I can honestly say that it is almost ALWAYS one of mine.  Lucky for me, I have some really awesome blogger friends who know how to organize like crazy.  This week we are all sharing some of our best home organization tips so that you can follow through with your resolution.  This year, the most pressing space in the house for organization was my kids closets.  Here are my top 5 tips for keeping your kids closets tidy.

When I go into my children’s closet, it looks like a bomb went off.  Seriously.  There are clothes half on hangers, more on the floor, odds and ends that they can’t seem to part with strewn about.  I usually keep the door shut.  And no matter how much nagging I do, they don’t clean up after themselves.  So I took matters into my own hands, installed new closet systems (that’s an entirely other post), and purged and tidied things up.  Now my children have entirely different spaces that they will hopefully keep clean.

 

 

1.  Bins and baskets are your friend.  – My children hold on to EVERYTHING!  Seriously.  That McDonald’s happy meal prize from 5 years ago, they still have it.  That slip of paper a friend gave them at school?  Yup.  Still hanging around.  And you know they don’t want anything to do with it until you throw it away.  They know when you do that stuff!  So bins and baskets corral all of the junk without having to see it everywhere.  And you can honestly say that you didn’t throw it away!

 

2.  Hooks are awesome! – I use hooks in both of my kids closets for their accessories.  For my son it is for all of his baseball hats.  For my daughter there are hooks for her purses and hats, plus one for the next days outfit.

 

3.  Allow the kids to create their own system. – If their closets are going to stay in decent order, it has to be easy for them to maintain.  So let them develop their own system.  My daughter wanted her hanging clothes and shoes sorted by color.  My son wanted bottoms in one place and tops in the other.  These ways work for them, so when it comes time to put things away, they will know exactly where things go and it’s on their own terms.

 

4.  Infrequently used items should go in the hardest to reach places. – If something is used often, but is placed in a difficult to get to spot, then it will not get put away.  It will stay where it is accessible.  So, in my kids closets I put things like sleeping bags and overnight bags on the very top shelf.  That way we can get them down when needed and put them back as necessary.

 

 

5.  It doesn’t have to look perfect to be functional. – No fancy closet systems in my kids closets.  No color coordinated hangers.  No chandeliers or wallpaper.  Just functional spaces that belong to them.  A place for all of their stuff that they can call their own.  Maybe when they get older and stop collecting so much crap (and outgrowing clothes at an alarming rate!) I will put in something fancier.  But for now, this works.

There, now you can check off your kids spaces.  Check out the tips for the other rooms in your house from these talented bloggers.  We will be sharing our very best ideas all week long to help you get organized for 2017.

Monday

Domestic Charm

11 Magnolia Lane

Tuesday

Evolution of Style

Just a Girl and Her Blog

Southern State of Mind

Wednesday

Redhead Can Decorate

Chaotically Creative

Robb Restyle

Thursday

Ciburbanity

Suburban B’s

Windgate Lane

Friday

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

This Is Our Bliss

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  • Looks great Brenna! The only person I can count on to have an organized closet is my 11 year-old daughter. I swear, she was a professional organizer in a previous life. The rest of us are fairly hopeless! I find that hooks go a LONG way when it comes to boys – way easier to throw stuff on a hook. It’s better than the floor, right? 😉

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    • OMG send your daughter over here STAT! I can find lots of places for her to organize! I love hooks for pretty much everything – and now they come in adorable little figures and stuff – so I have them all over my house. Thanks so much for joining in, Jenny!

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  • Such good ideas! My kids closets are in need of some serious love–and I have been trying to figure out a baseball hat solution around here, I love how you hung them on the wall….it looks good and it’s practical! Thanks so much for organizing this series–I can’t wait to see all the great tips! XO, Amy

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    • Thanks, Amy! We are a serious baseball family so you will find hats on hooks in almost every closet in the house! I can’t wait to see (and utilize) all of the tips that all of you talented ladies come up with! Thanks for joining in!

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  • Wonderful ideas, thank you so much for sharing and getting me motivated!

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    • Thanks Kristin! Can’t wait to see what tips you have to share!

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  • Looks great Breanna! Half my problem with my kids is that their rooms and closets are sooo small we just need to purge on what seems like a daily basis!

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    • We are lucky that the kids closets are pretty big. I guess you’ll just have to get creative. I know you’ve got a few creative tricks up your sleeve! 🙂

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  • I love that you got the kiddos involved in deciding what made sense for them! Their closets look great! Thanks for organizing this fun hop, Brenna!

    ~Abby =)

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    • Thanks, Abby! It’s a great con, right? Make them think it was their idea. It works with husbands too! 😉

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  • Looks great! I’m totally stealing the hat idea for my boys’ rooms!

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  • I am totally stealing the baseball hats idea! They are multiplying!

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  • Awesome tips!! I’m hoping as my boys get older, they’ll be able to give more input and actually start helping keep things tidy around here! It would surely help this tired mama out! Thank for organizing this wonderful hop. xo – Rachael

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