I own a children’s clothing boutique, so you can only imagine the amount of clothing in my kids’ closets. A few months ago, I was attempting to put some clothes away in my daughter’s closet and I realized the disorganization of the closet was not only costing me lots of time (and time = money), but was frustrating both me and my daughter. So I decided to sit down and really figure out how to make her closet less stressful and easy for both of us.
Here are four easy steps I used to get that closet less stressful:
Take everything out of the closet. I know, his sounds daunting. But, it really is necessary to start with a clean slate. It just helps you visual the space better, giving you the opportunity to figure out how to organize the space in the best possible way.
Donate versus keep. There were so many pieces of clothing my daughter had outgrown, were stained beyond repair, or had never worn. For those that she had outgrown, or never worn, I made two piles: one for donation and one to take to my local children’s resale shop. Those that were beyond help, I tossed into bag for earth-friendly conscience recycling.
Sort by season. It was the beginning of summer and there were sweaters, pants, and sweatshirts in my daughter’s closet. I knew I had to be sure I was only laundering and putting away clothes that were seasonally appropriate. This also made it easier for her to decide what she would wear without the fuss of sorting through clothes that she can’t wear. For those that were “out of season” I put into baskets at the top of her closet and clearly labeled them so I knew where to find them once the seasons changed.
Hang or fold. If it was a dress or an outfit that had matching pieces, it was put on a hanger. If it was shorts, shirts, undergarments, socks, bathing suits, etc., I Marie Kondo folded them (another blog to come on this later) and put them in their designated drawers.
And that was that! I took a step back, admired my handy work, and then had my daughter come in and we discussed where things were and how they should stay. It’s been such a time saver for me, when putting away the laundry, and my daughter even commented on how much easier it is for her to find the clothes she loves and wants to wear.
What about you? Do you have any tips you’ve used in the past to help organize your kid’s closet in the past? Share them below!