Most parents wish they could have more time to get the kids off to school in the morning, as it never fails that a shoe or treasured toy becomes missing just as the school bus arrives. By banishing clutter in a child’s closet, finding needed items each day can become easier and save everyone time. Here are a few ideas on how to organize a school aged child’s closet.
How to Get Started
The best way to get started when organizing your child’s closet is to remove everything. Each shoe, piece of clothing, toy, and scrap of paper should be taken from the space. Wipe down all shelving and rods with a damp cloth to remove any dust. Vacuum or mop the flooring inside the closet. By starting things fresh in your organizing task, it will make it easier to give every item its place.
Place the items removed from your child’s closet into a few piles: clothing, shoes, toys, papers, keepsakes, and trash. Furthermore, sort the clothing into several categories: play clothes, school clothes, dress clothes, and socks/underwear. (Play clothes are anything it would be okay to jump into a big mud puddle with, or those that have small stains and/or tears. Dress clothes are those to only be worn on special occasions.) If you are including your child on this organizing activity, have them help you decide what item goes in which pile.
Organizing tools are very important when you are clearing clutter in your school aged child’s closet. Use different colored hangers for different types of clothing (i.e. play clothes, school clothes, dress clothes.) This will enable your child, when dressing his or herself, to easily understand which article of clothing gets worn when. Shoes and small toys should be kept in small plastic totes. Papers should be organized in plastic sheet protectors within a binder. And toys should also be kept in plastic totes. Keepsakes should be stored in plastic totes on high shelving.
How to Keep It Organized
Parents are always the best teachers for children and by inspiring your kids to become excited about the organization in their closets, you are helping form lifelong habits. Make keeping the organization a game or part of their chore routine. Explain the importance of tidiness to them and include them in the initial organizing process. Again, by keeping them interested in keeping their space clean they are more apt to keep it up.