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[00:00:00] It’s not a secret that children grow quickly. And that means that sizes and the clothing needs and the shoe needs are constantly changing. An organized closet looks good. It feels good. It helps you find what you’re looking for when you need it. It reduces wasteful spending and it encourages independence among your little ones. As I’m sitting here getting ready to record. I was thinking about this episode and a couple of things is kind of popped through my mind. Before I was a professional organizer, when I would just help out my friends and family or do things around my own house. What are my favorite things to organize was a closet for a baby, a child and adult, whatever closet organizing was fun for me.
And I loved the before and after which I do in every project. Once I started the business, then I never realized how much I would love to [00:02:00] organize pantries. And that became one of my favorite things. But as I read this question, I was kind of all of these closets that I’ve been part of the organization or a complete remodel tearing out the shelves and installing. Custom closet systems and all of that, and still closets are one of those things that I just, I love that project and the results. when you can really get into the mindset of ruthlessly decluttering and getting rid of the things that you truly don’t need, and that you aren’t going to use in the future, you can dial in your closet.
And that goes for. A child’s closet or an adult’s closet or a baby’s closet. You can make your closets a very functional and organized space. Today, we are going to talk about kids’ closets and we are doing that because of the question that came in a listener submitted this question. If you want me to answer a question for you on a future intentional edit podcast episode. Go to intentional edit.com and click on the record.
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Let me open this up here. It says. We are moving to a house where my girls won’t share a room any longer. And we’ll have decent sized closets that should be able to store all of their clothing. In addition to the dresser, they will each have. What suggestions do you have for organizing children’s closets so that they can be more independent, but still with some [00:04:00] guidance from a mom I’d really love product recommendations too.
I want to get it right from the beginning. So I don’t have to read you in a year. And then a year or two after that. Ages five and six, but almost seven. Okay. Amazing question. There’s a couple things that come to mind. Right away. That will be incredibly helpful. No matter what ages your kids are. The first thing in this question, is she saying independence?
I want my kids to be able to do things with my help. But what are we going to need to do to make it so that they can use their closets on their own without having to climb on the shelves, knock things over, pull things down, not be able to put things back and make a mess, because that happens a lot of the time when there’s one rod that’s at a high level and kids can’t reach that.
And even with a small step stool, they can’t reach it. So the first thing that I would say is make sure that the clothing. And the accessories and the shoes that you want your kids to be able to get to on their own. Are accessible to them. They’re accessible at the child’s level. If you want them to get them independently, set them up for success from the beginning.
When you do that with intention, that might look like a rod extender. Those are very inexpensive. You can. Put them with the little hooks over the rod that’s already in there. And then it is lower. This isn’t specifically meant for kids. This has meant to double the space. So that you could have, instead of one long hanging area, you could have two short hanging areas, but this is, something you could do that is very inexpensive for kids as well.
Another thing that is incredibly helpful is to buy another inexpensive item you could say it’s the daily hanging shelves or, or the pockets. I like when it’s open shelves and at least five of them, the reason I like those is because [00:06:00] you can help them or they can help you pick out the clothes that they want to wear or that they need to wear for the upcoming week.
So at least five. Uh, shelves or seven shelves. And this is something, again, goes over the closet. Rod hangs down. Usually it’s meant for sweaters or just to increase the shelf space in a closet. But I really like using these for each day of the week. And you take time over the weekend to prepare for the week ahead, picking out each. Outfit for the coming week. You have all of the necessities in there. Everything they have to wear down to the shoes. Haribo. All of it. So each morning they can pull that out and if they’re old enough, they could even get dressed without you. Assisting them because the outfit is there. You know, they’re going to wear the right thing.
They have all the layers that they need and the socks and the shoes, and they can get dressed on their own. So that’s one great way to foster independence and it keeps the. Closet organized. And it also keeps you prepared and not falling behind or not missing something because you look at your calendar, you know, what’s coming up for the week and you guys plan out those outfits quickly together. Another thing is make sure you’re using child size hangers. I love the velvet hangers for kids and adults.
You choose what you like? Do you want plastic hangers, wooden hangers, the velvet hangers, whatever it is, the same color hangers. Makes the closet look. Simpler cleaner that was going to add to your organization and really take it up a notch. So if you are needing to get child ties, hangers, get them all in the same style and same color. The same thing goes for skirts and pants.
If you’re hanging those, get the hangers with the clips, you can also use the other hangers that you’re using for shirts, tops, jackets, all of that. And just fold the clothes over, but if you need hangers for skirts and [00:08:00] longer things, get the hangers with the clips, hanging them up, give a designated section to that. Go back and look at the other intentional edit podcast episodes for specific closet organizing.
And there’s going to be a ton of tips in there. As well, these are specific to a children’s closet and more product focused because that’s what this question asks for. The other recommendation I would have is. To make sure that you are using drawers shelves, the hanging space, and maximize the space that you have to keep things organized.
You’re going to follow the recommendations and other podcasts where we talk about closets and how to organize and sort out the products at group like items and all of that. But use the space you have available to you. If you have a lot of hanging space that you are going to probably hang a pants and hang sweatshirts. Hertz, but if you have a lot more shelves and drawers, then those things, all of a sudden would need to be folded and it would make sense to stack them on a shelf or file fold them in a drawer and have a different kind of storage.
I don’t recommend one over the other. I recommend using the space that you have and making things organized that way. And of course you can enhance and you can upgrade with some of these products like the rod extenders or the hanging shelves. They go over the rod or the matching hangers. Or another tip would be drawer, dividers, and even shelf dividers.
If your shelves are very wide shelf, dividers and drawer, dividers, do the same thing. They make sure that your piles or stacks or the different items that you’ve sorted out are going to stay in a specific place. If you have specific socks, like. Every day socks. Uh, cozy, chunky. Big socks for winter, and then maybe a specific section of socks for the sport that your child plays.
And those are three [00:10:00] different things. You can get drawer, dividers and use one drawer, put the dividers in, and then those socks stay separated. And so you always know when you’re running low, you’re running out. You have a game coming up and the socks are all dirty. You will be able to see that at a quick glance and it’s easy for your kids to keep things organized. And again, fostering independence.
It’s easy for them to put things away. If everything has a designated space, if you need to put a label on these things for really young kids, a label with a picture is great. Uh, for older kids, you can just have a word and you probably don’t need to label everything. But again, this is specific to the needs of you, your family, and what they need right now.
So put the labels on if they need it, they don’t need it in a couple of years, you could easily re remove those. And then the last thing that I want to mention is make sure that you have a donation bag in your closet or in a central location. And this specific family, there are two girls and maybe there’s a linen closet in between the two bedrooms.
And it makes sense to have the donation bag in the linen closet, rather than each to have one in their own closet, but have a bag. That is specific to donations that are going to wherever you drop off your donations. This is not a bag you’re going to go through in the future. I have one in my closet and anytime I put something on, I don’t like it anymore.
It doesn’t fit. I know I don’t want it. I don’t want to wear it, especially with kids. If they’re not wearing something because it’s itchy, it’s scratchy. It pokes them. They don’t like it. You can just put it in the donation bag in that moment. And when that bag is full, you put it in your car and you drop it off.
The next time you drive by that facility. The other thing is a hand-me-down bed. And this situation, two girls. Close in age, most likely the older one is [00:12:00] giving clothes to the younger one. They’re saving close for the younger child. The, uh, having a hand me down, been in the closet that is easily accessible is great as well.
Because when you put a pair of pants on, they don’t fit, they’re too short. They can’t button. Whatever they’ve grown out of these clothes. Like items and you don’t want to donate them, but you specifically want to keep them for the next child. Then you place them into that bin. Right. Then this makes it so that you don’t have to do big closet clean outs as often. Of course, you will still have to do them because there are going to be some items that don’t get touched and don’t get worn and. Kind of get ignored and then every so often you’ll need you’ll remember, and you’ll say, what about this?
We haven’t worn this. You need to try this on. Yes, you will still have to do that occasionally, but having the donation bag and a hand-me-down ban makes it, so you don’t have to do those big closet, clean outs nearly as often. That is going to wrap it up and answer the question that was submitted for me to answer today.
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Lauren is the founder of Intentional Edit, a home organization and lifestyle company focused on consciously editing to create efficient and organized spaces. Lauren believes that a functional home that looks and feels good has a positive influence on all aspects of life. Creating systems that allow for the home to function more efficiently, therefore, eliminating most of the clutter and chaos is her priority. While trends come and go organization is always in style!
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