The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Rachel at Useful Beautiful Home.
No two closets are the same and we all have different clothing storage needs, especially when it comes to children. However, I find there are a few similarities most of us have in common, with the main one being that a young child’s closet is constantly changing as he/she grows. That said, I’ll show you the basic organizing method I use in my daughter’s closet for the clothes that don’t currently fit her, whether too big or too small.
Organizing a Child’s Closet:
Last time I was here, I wrote about how I arranged my daughter’s closet to fit her preschool needs (HERE). This arrangement was designed specifically for her independence and included only the clothes that fit her properly. Here’s a picture of the bottom half of the closet…
After creating a child friendly arrangement at her eye level, I had three closet-related problems left;
- Storing the items that are too big/the upcoming seasonal clothes in view.
- Storing the clothing designated for a local children’s consignment sale.
- Keeping specialty clothes of out reach until needed.
I’m a “deal shopper” and tend to buy things in advance while on sale. Therefore, I needed somewhere to keep the clothes that are too big for her or are for the upcoming season. However, if I stash them out of sight, I tend to forget about them and they never get worn. So, I made room for them to hang on the upper level until it comes time for them to move down below.
The second problem I had was dealing with the clothes she outgrows (I keep some of her clothes, sell some at a seasonal consignment sale, and donate some). The clothes I want to sell also hang on the upper level, to the far left side of the closet. If I were to fold them away in storage bins until the sale, then I make twice the amount of work for myself since they need to be rewash or iron again before tagging them. Instead, I wash/dry/iron as usual and then hang them out-of-reach. It cuts down the work needed to prepare them for consignment later.
My third problem was creating space for specialty clothes. Things like Christmas dresses and flower girl dresses get hung up high so my daughter and her friends don’t play dress-up with them when I’m not looking. :)
So, here’s a quick diagram of how it all gets arranged in her small reach-in closet…
The boxes on the shelf are for loose items that don’t hang well on hangers (shoes, shorts, tights, etc.). My consignment sale is twice a year. Therefore, the clothing doesn’t build-up much past what you see here. All of this is ready to go into the upcoming Spring sale.
You may notice the “KEEP” box in the picture above. I toss things in here as a quick-fix when I find something too small for my daughter and I want to pass it along to my next child. Ultimately, items in this box collect and go into a larger storage system I have in our attic (more on that organizing method later). I added this smaller box because I’m always finding random items (like a pair of socks) I want to keep but aren’t worth getting into the attic until more things have accumulated. After the “KEEP” box fills, then I transfer the items into the attic storage.
Speaking of those chevron containers, I made them from previous bulk diaper boxes.
I couldn’t find any containers for a decent price, so I covered three Pampers boxes with self adhesive shelf paper found on Amazon (HERE). For the cost of the adhesive paper, I have three large containers that fit the shelf perfectly.
I have one last tip for storing outgrown shoes… zip top baggies! For the longest time, I could not figure out why my daughter’s closet smelled funny. Her dirty hamper stays outside the closet, so I knew that wasn’t the source. Then it dawned on me, I had a few of her outgrown shoes in the boxes. I pulled them out, zipped them inside a closed bag, and problem solved. :) I reuse these as the shoes get moved out and new outgrown shoes go into the boxes.
I separated the upper level hanging clothes with small plastic dividers you see in the picture below. Mine happen to be from The Container Store. However, if you’re crafty, you can find many DIY options online. Laura pinned a clever DIY closet divider on her Pinterest Board called Organized Closets (HERE).
I think that about wraps up this post. Here’s one last view of the whole closet. There may be a few miscellaneous details I didn’t mention, so please feel free to comment/ask!
In the professional world, I’m a nurse by trade. But, around our house, I’m known as Mommy to our young daughter. My two worlds collided and began shaping into a blog. Useful Beautiful Home represents the hours I’ve dedicated to managing my household as efficiently as possible. I offer you motivation to keep your home healthy, organized, and welcoming. My goal is to share what I’ve implemented in my home to inspire you with fresh ideas and to encourage you to keep up the good work in yours! Learn more about me HERE or visit me at UsefulBeautifulHome.com.