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A clean organized kids closet is simply the best. It will make the morning routine so much easier, if you have kids that need to be dropped off at daycare or school. And if you are a new mom with a brand new baby, having an organized kids closet will take out some of the stress of taking care of a newborn. So today we are going to give you 10 steps to organizing kids closet in one afternoon.
That's right. Just one afternoon is all it takes to organizing the kids closet. Our fool-proof, step-by-step guide will show you how to easily organize the kids closet for good. That means, you will always know the location of your daughters favorite sweater, or your sons prized romper.
So let's get started and find the secrets to an organized kids closet.
10 STEPS TO ORGANIZE THE KIDS CLOSET
1. GATHER THE RIGHT TOOLS AND SUPPLIES
As with any other project, you need to have the correct tools and supplies before you can start organizing the kids closets. You need some trash baskets, laundry baskets for sorting, storage baskets, kids hangers and organizers for the closet. You'll also need cloths for deep cleaning the closet and a vacuum cleaner.
2.DO THE LAUNDRY
We want to make sure that we allocate space for everything in your kids wardrobe. So making sure that all the clothes in the dirty clothes hamper is laundered, is an important step, to complete the organization of the kids closet in an afternoon.
3.EMPTY OUT THE KIDS CLOSET & deep clean the closet
We want to start organizing the kids closet by emptying out everything in the closet and having a blank slate to work with. Remove everything from the closet, including hangers, storage baskets, bins, and anything else that might be on the floor or shelves.
After the closet is emptied out, it's time to give the closet a deep clean. Dust the shelving, vacuum or sweep and mop the floor as well as wipe down the hanging rods and wall.
4. DECLUTTER THE KIDS CLOTHES
Next up is de-cluttering the kids clothes. This is an important step that should not be overlooked. Yes, it is hard to get rid of the adorable kids outfits. We've been there! But we have to de-clutter. So sift through the clothes and make separate piles of the clothes that you want to keep, donate or put in storage for a younger sibling.
5. SORT THE CLOTHES BY CATEGORY
When you've figured out the clothes that you want to keep, we'll need to sort the clothes by category. The most important principle when it comes to closet organization is to group like things together, short sleeves with short sleeves, shorts with shorts and so forth. That way, there’s no question about where to find those items when you need them and the kids closet won't get messy again in just a few weeks.
6. DIVIDE THE CLOSET INTO STATIONS
Once you are done categorizing the clothes, the next step is to focus on the closet space and divide the closet into zones with a designated category for each. The prime real estate is right in front, so think about your kids most used items, what you’re always struggling to reach, or which things would be better folded than hung,
Figure out where in the closet you would store the shoes, pajamas, hair accessories, playtime clothes, etc. Having zones in the kids closet will allow you to find items rather quickly and also put thinks away quickly.
7. ADD CLOSET STORAGE SOLUTIONS & CLOSET ORGANIZERS
Now that all the zones are mapped out, we can add the necessary storage solutions to the closet. As you go about adding closet storage solutions and closet organizers, think about solutions where visibility, accessibility and reach are key. That means you want the ability to quickly grab something out of the closet without having to spend a lot of time looking for items.
When choosing storage options, think about incorporating a variety of storage solutions as well. Add racks, shelves, rods and baskets. Perhaps, even bring in a dresser if you have space. Think about ways to maximize storage space with things such as door organizers, etc.
If you are looking to maximize space in the closet, read this post where we look at storage solutions for small closets. And, read this post on how to add storage solutions to the closet.
8. START ORGANIZING ITEMS BY FREQUENCY OF USE AND GROUPING ITEMS
Okay, it's time to start putting all the items away in the closet. Remember, the stations you mapped out before? Use that as a guide to determine where each item should go. Keep like items with like items.
Hang delicate clothing such as tops, shirts, dresses, etc. Also use hangers for jackets and coats. Fold sweaters and jeans and stack them on shelves. Use the Marie Kondo way of folding-filing clothes and organize the dresser if you have one in closet. Consider using drawer dividers to organize underwear, pajamas and socks.
If your organizing a nursery closet, you'll need plenty of organizer boxes to keep the tiny outfits in place. Read this post where we show you how to organize the dresser drawers. If you are organizing shoes in the closet read this post on shoe organizing ideas and for organizing accessories read this post on how to store girls hair accessories.
Since it's a kids closet, we'll also need to include storage solutions for toys and books. We love using baskets!
9. INSERT LABELS AND CLOSET DIVIDERS
After all the items have been organized in the closet, it's time to add labels and clearly mark where everything goes. Even if are pretty sure where things go in the closet, putting on labels and dividers will help keep you and maybe even the little one accountable, that is if they know how to read!
We've got plenty of free printable labels and closet dividers in our printable library, that you easily download.
10. DECORATE THE CLOSET
Well, we like to make everything a little prettier, so let's top off this kids closet organization project by adding a bit of personality and color to the closet. Why not add a beautiful light or perhaps a small rug? Or you could even add some decals to the walls.
It's easy for your little ones toys and clothes to fill their closets with clutter. Take an afternoon to weed through the mess and take control of the clutter with these 10 easy steps to organizing kids closets.
SAVE THIS TO YOUR PINTEREST BOARD AND PLAN AN AFTERNOON TO ORGANIZE YOUR LITTLE ONES CLOSET