Saturday, September 18, 2010

Closet Organization 101 – Kids Closets

Children LOVE to be helpers. It is almost instinctive.  It is important to teach children from an early age that things have a place and that they have the ability to put their things into the proper places.  In order for children to be helpers and to put things away, they must be taught where their belongings should go… which means their belongings (including clothing) should all have homes. 

Sure, you could buy closet rod dividers at your local home organizing store… but if you don’t need anything fancy, do not be afraid to make you own.  What will you need?  How about a pair of scissors, a Sharpie, some invisible tape/ribbon, and an index card?  Sound too easy? It is!!!!

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How do I know how to divide the clothing? 
Well, a definite must in any BABY closet would be to divide by size.  They grow from those 6 month to the 9 month clothes in no time!  What a great way to keep track!
For older children and adults, I recommend ordering the closet by type of clothing.  First sort the clothing into types and hang accordingly.  Remove and outgrown clothing as you go. 

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Then make a list of what types of clothing you have.  Those clothing types will become your personalized rod labels.

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After listing your types on the index card in the appropriate height, the next step is to cut out the labels.  Let your child help with this step!  When children own a part of the organizing process, it is much easier for them to comply with the system.

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In this closet, adhesive tape was used to secure the index card labels above the rod.

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Voila, one super-organized and labeled child’s closet.  A simple 30 minute project!  Now even Dad knows the difference between play clothes and good clothes! 

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What are you waiting for?  You can do this too!

If you are in the Jacksonville/St. Johns area and would like your home (or closets!) better organized, and would like the assistance of a professional organizer, e-mail  You can also find me on Facebook by clicking HERE or by searching for Organize With Julie.  Stalk me on twitter @juliebavi.

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