When it comes to kids’ clothes, there are a few keys to keeping them from stealing your sanity — and taking over your child’s bedroom. Of course, some of the same principles can apply to adult clothing, but when you’re dealing with half-sized items and little people, you have to be a little more strategic with your storage.
Basically, the smaller your child, the more you’ll want to compartmentalize storage spaces in order to keep clothing organized. Not only will such organization make it easier for you to put away and select clothing, but it will also make it more realistic for your child to begin helping with those tasks, early on.
Some of our Smartstuff® storage pieces, like this elegant Gabriella Drawer Chest, include removable dividers in the larger bottom drawers. You can also install a second rod in the closet and purchase after-market drawer dividers, closet dividers (to separate sizes or types of clothing), and bins, to help with this process.
Keep Items Accessible
Especially as your child grows in independence, you’ll want to consider where you place the clothing he or she needs to access. With both safety and convenience in view, you’ll want to keep pieces for the current season in lower drawers and hanging clothes within reach. On the flip side, you can eliminate the need to pack away off-season clothing if you have enough closet and dresser space available in your child’s room, by simply placing those pieces in harder-to-reach areas, such as in top drawers or on a high closet shelf.
For younger kids or those who have trouble pairing outfits or making decisions in the morning, you can set out clothes for each day of the week in a fabric organizer like those pictured here or a DIY version, or simply hang each day’s ensemble on a hook mounted to the back of the door — or included in well-designed furniture pieces, like this Paula Deen Guys Chest with clothing rods that pull out on the ends.
Especially if you’re still suffering from “baby brain” or your child is old enough to choose his own clothes, you’ll want to choose a rotation method, and stick to it. For instance, as you put clothes away, perhaps you always move not-so-recently-worn shirts to the right and put the just-worn-this-week pieces on the left, in both drawers and closets. Then make sure to communicate with your child the side from which he or she should be selecting pieces.
On a side note, if your child’s dresser and closet are overly stuffed or have too much clothing to rotate through in a 2 to 3-week time frame, you might want to consider asking your child to help you decide on some pieces to donate to a good cause. Next time, you may want to be a little less enthusiastic when shopping those amazing sales!
Hopefully you feel a bit more equipped to keep your kids’ clothes organized in his or her newly furnished bedroom. Now, about keeping them from overwhelming your budget? You’re on your own.
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