Closets tend to be one of those places where we stuff everything we don’t want to deal with. But they are really a useful space, allowing items to be stored here, rather than out in the open. The more space we can keep in our closet the easier it is for kids to keep their room clean. It’s easier to see where things belong, and to know there is actually room for it.
We need to clear the top shelf so you can store seasonal clothing items, or if you implement a toy rotation system, you can put those toys here. Keep seasonal clothing and footwear. If a lot of miscellaneous items are stored here, think hard on the “why” of keeping them. Get rid of as much as you can, and find another home for anything that does not belong in your child’s bedroom.
I recommend working from the top down. If you just have time for one section of the closet and it’s plumb full, just do the top shelf today and go for the middle tomorrow and then the floor the following day.
For the shelf:
- Remove everything from the shelf.
- Clean the shelf.
- Use boxes or baskets and label them and organize everything you need to store on the shelf.
- Replace only what belongs there: seasonal clothing and shoes.
- Toss garbage and put donation items in a donate box.
- If there are miscellaneous items that don’t belong here, put them where they belong. If they don’t belong anywhere; ask yourself: Do I even need them? If they are important, make a place for them. If not- get rid of them.
Children don’t need a huge amount of clothing. You can choose here, which method works best for your family:
Minimal: 4 days worth of clothing. If you wash every day, and your outside temperature is fairly consistent, this is plenty of clothing!
Average: 7 days worth of clothing. This will allow you to do laundry once a week and have enough variety for every form of outside weather.
Let go of any clothing that you think your child should wear, but they refuse. It doesn’t matter where it came from, if it’s not getting used, let someone else use it: pass it on.
The average American child has at least 2 weeks worth of clothing. Don’t do this to yourself! Having that much laundry is so overwhelming and it just ends up spread out all over the rooms or over flowing in the laundry area. When you limit the amount available, choosing what to wear is easier, cleaning the room is easier, doing laundry is easier. Yes, it may have to be done more frequently, doing laundry a couple days a week (depending on how many people live in your home; with 7 of us, we do a load of laundry every day) rather than a couple times a month.
For the clothes:
- Remove all your clothing from the closet.
- Sort in 3 bags or boxes: Trash, donate, keep.
- Look at your keep box.
- Match up outfits, if tops and bottoms can be mixed and matched this is best.
- Go through each clothing item before hanging it back in the closet. Do your kids like this outfit? Will they wear it? Does it fit them?
- Give yourself an outfit limit and stick to it.
I personally prefer to keep very little hanging in the closet, the majority of our children’s clothes are in their dresser and the closet is fairly empty. Here is a perfect way to organize clothes in the dressers to simplify mornings.
Don’t keep children’s clothing that requires special care. Kids are kids- they’re messy, they play hard and they are hard on clothing. Purchase good quality clothing that can be washed and dried with everything else. Say no to dry cleaning, hang dry or anything that needs to be ironed. (Ain’t nobody got time for that.)
For the floor of the closet:
- Remove everything off the floor. Evaluate if you want to keep it or not: does it get used? If you don’t have room, get them out of there.
- Sweep and mop or vacuum the floor.
- Replace items that you need here.
- Take out the trash.
- Take the donate box to your vehicle.
This walkthrough came from Practical Simplicity: Declutter De-stress
Did you tackle your child’s closet? Inquiring minds want to know!
Leave a comment and tell us what you kept in the closet:
- How many outfits did you keep?
- Do you have a toy rotation?
- Do you use a dresser for all clothing, or get rid of the dresser and only use a closet?