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Closet Organization for Children – Guest Post

Closet Organization for Children

When it comes to the never- ending task of keeping a clean house, parents frequently have to repeat the command, “Clean your room!”   The key is to realize that cleanliness is not always the issue, frequently it is tidiness and overall organization at the root of the problem.  Developing an organization system that works for both the child and the parents will help make the “Clean your room” battle a thing of the past.

Gaining Perspective

One of the first steps in tackling the organization issues in a child’s room is to look at the room from a different perspective.  Get down at your child’s level and examine the room.  Consider what the child can and cannot reach and see.  Perhaps clean clothing is left in piles on the floor because your child can’t quite reach to hang them up.  Are books left  thrown around the floor because the top shelves on the bookcase are too high?  Seeing yourself through the eyes of the occupant may help you change your impression.

Reconsidering Traditional Storage

If hanging clothing up is a problem for your child then reconsider how clothing is stored. When the clothes are hung too high, children frequently pull clothes down that aren’t what they wanted so they simply leave them lying on the floor.  A possible solution is to hang double rods.  The top rod can be used for clothing that is not in season or for dress clothing that children don’t need regularly.  The lower rod is used for everyday clothing..  Many wardrobe items don’t need to be hung up so another possible solution is to use closet space for shelves and baskets.

Just as young children frequently struggle with getting clothes properly on and off a hanger, they struggle with dresser drawers which can be difficult to open and close easily.  Drawers sometimes stick, clothes get caught and clean folded laundry can be a wrinkled mess when pulled back out of the drawer.  Instead of a traditional dresser, consider using baskets for smaller items that are usually stored in drawers such as socks, underwear and t-shirts.  Storage baskets and bins are great for controlling the clutter that toys, socks and other small items tend to become.  These baskets can be nicely organized on a shelving unit and labeled so children can return things to their proper place.

Cubby shelves can also help with the crazy morning rush before school.  A five cubical shelf can help your child’s school morning get off to a good start.  Each cubical can be labeled with a weekday and parents can help children pick out clothing for each day of the week ahead of time, placing it on the appropriate shelf.  Not only will this organization tip help mornings to run more smoothly, but having outfits prepared ahead of time will help to prevent the normal rummaging through clean clothes that children normally do keeping things neater.

The Toys

There’s no doubt that clothing plays a big part in keeping a child’s room organized but closets and bedrooms are also frequently overtaken with toys.  Unfortunately most toys cannot simply be stored neatly on a shelf.  Instead little toys with numerous pieces get separated and are left lying around the room.  Take the time to work with your child and organize all the toys into groups.  Each group or set of toys should be collected in a labeled container.  The appropriate storage solution might be plastic containers with lids, or baskets that have a home on a shelf or an over the door storage system with numerous pockets.  The containers should each have an easy to read label.  If children are too young to read then take a picture of the items that belong in the container and attach the picture to the container.  Create the organization system with your child so they have a say in how things are stored and so they understand the system.  When they play a part in creating the organization strategy they are more likely to follow through with it.

A Final Thought

A key thought to keep in mind when creating an organization system for your child’s room is that it is not the rest of the house.  Not everyone who enters your home will see your child’s room.  The baskets, shelving, bright colors and labels that might take over your child’s closet do not reflect on the rest of your home.  This is your child’s space and needs to be something that works for your child.  As your child grows and matures the organization system will need to adapt to fit the growing needs of your child so be prepared to be flexible.

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