Essentials for Organizing a Toddler’s Closet

Kids are constantly outgrowing clothing and needing new outfits; they seemingly change overnight! Because of the frequent change in sizing, keeping their wardrobe organized can seem like a daunting task. However, our guide to organizing kids’ closets will make it an easy process. Once you clean it out and optimize the space for your toddler, they’ll be able to start getting dressed on their own in no time.


How to Organize a Kids Closet

Before you bring in a haul of new toddler essentials, it’s a good idea to clear out some of the old clothes and reorganize. It’s no secret that kids can be pretty messy, so help them stay organized by cleaning out their closets with them.


Five Steps to Organizing Kids Closets

  1. Start by taking all the items out of the closet.
  2. Divide clothing into categories.
  3. Make the space kid-friendly so they can dress themselves.
  4. Use storage bins and containers.


  1. Purging the Kids’ Closet

Your little one’s adorable new outfits shouldn’t go into a messy and unorganized closet. The first step to getting it clean is taking everything out. We know, overwhelming, right? However, you’ll thank us later when your morning routine doesn’t consist of digging through the closet to find a matching top and pants.


Taking everything out will allow you to assess your space, identify what you have, and decide what needs to go. Make sure you set aside things like toys, blankets, or other things that might not actually belong in the kids’ closet (or even their room). Plus, taking a look at the empty closet will give you a better idea of how to maximize the space.


  1. Make Categories to Stay Organized

Once everything is out of the closet and onto the floor, divide everything into categories. Keep the items that your child wears now (things that fit well and seasonal items) on hand for quick and easy access. Anything too big can be placed in storage or hung up for them to wear soon since kiddos grow in the blink of an eye!


Anything oversized or unused but still in good condition should be placed in a donate pile or given away to family and friends. It might be hard to let go of your baby’s precious little outfits, but they’re just taking up space in your home. Toddlers are a bit messy, so anything stained or ripped beyond repair can go in the trash.


  1. Creating a Kid-Friendly Closet Space

Although you might love to help your kids get ready in the morning, teaching them how to be independent and dress on their own will help them in the long run. Organizing kids’ closets will mean they’ll actually be able to dress themselves before daycare. Try to look at the closet from their perspective.


Consider lowering the shelves or adding additional child-height ones so that they can reach their clothes and pick out their outfits. Picking out their items will give them the ability to complete tasks on their own without making a mess. Plus, you won’t have to worry about them getting hurt trying to reach their favorite top.


Organizing kids’ closets can also help them learn self-sufficiency and cleaning skills. If they can reach the hangers, they can start hanging up their clothes. If shelves are accessible to them, practice folding and putting away clothes with your toddler.


  1. Utilizing Storage Bins in Kids Closets

Storage bins and baskets are the way to go when it comes to organizing kids’ closets. Since tiny fingers can get jammed in dresser drawers, keep the space toddler-friendly by using bins instead. Start with clear containers without lids so you and your child can easily spot what’s inside.


If your little one is beginning to read, use labels find their clothes and get ready quickly in the morning. You can also use pictures of the contents to help them out. We recommend organizing the bins by categories like shirts, pants, and socks to make finding a complete outfit a breeze.


Now that you know how to give your kids’ closet a makeover, staying organized has never been easier. Keep up to date with their size and rotate things out as your little one grows to make getting dressed a quick and independent process for your toddler.