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Although kid's clothes are adorably small and fun to put on your little ones, they’re a nightmare to organize on tiny hangers and inevitably end up all over the floor. And unlike other closets throughout the home, a kid’s closet is typically smaller. You need to maximize every square inch and design vertically. So it can be a real challenge to organize all those tiny shoes, socks, dress-up clothes, and more.
By now, you’ve probably given up on the idea of having a kid’s closet as organized and flawless as North West’s closet that blew up on TikTok. But rest assured, we have you covered with detail-oriented tips and adorable photos so you can do it yourself in no time. So as you start planning your spring cleaning checklist, add your kiddos’ closet to the list and get organized in no time (and make it look good too).
One way to reduce visual clutter is to contain it like Joy Cho did when designing her daughters' closets. Even with a narrow closet, built vertically to the ceiling you are able to use every square inch of the space, and it looks effortlessly pulled together.
Home organizers like the Home Edit swear by this golden rule—color coordination. When you pull similar items together, it visually reduces the chaos, and it's so much easier to pick out and choose what you need.
Instead of keeping the walls white in your closet, experiment with a bold pattern. Designer Leanne Ford took advantage of the negative space by beautifying it with the pretty wallpaper. This way, you'll focus on the eye candy instead of the clothing, toys, or whatever other knick-knacks you keep in there.
When Emily Henderson decided to renovate her kid's closet, she enlisted California Closets to help. One of the highlights for her was the brass pull-out drawers with the linen lining. They're stylish, and she could easily toss her daughter's tutus and other garments that don't fit on the hangers easily.
Use a Clothing Rack
If you feel like you're picking up costumes all the time, you're not alone. Instead of storing them in the closet, opt for a freestanding clothing rack. You can keep the dress-up clothes and props organized. This way, they'll be just as easy to put away as they are to pick out. We're loving how April Tomlin added little house structures to make games even more immersive.
Utilize the Top Shelf
If the closet in your playroom or your kid's room is taller than it is wide, build an extra top shelf for baskets that house other essentials so the floor space can be dedicated to the toy basket they can reach. Kathryn Orinda also makes a strong case for color blocking with paint.
Make It Easily Accessible
If you have the space for a walk-in kid's closet, don't load up your clothing racks with items. Instead, similar to what you see here, keep outfits paired together and make sure you can see everything at a glance.
As your children begin to move into their teen phase, having ownership over their clothes and closet will become a bigger deal. So work with them to add personalized touches like rainbow-colored hangers and a statement sign. Let them decide on the colors and storage baskets.
Create a Mirror Image
If your kids are sharing a room or you need to compartmentalize everyday clothes from fancy ones, this is a clever idea from Isn't That Charming. Divvying up the closet into zones but aesthetically having it look the same helps make the space feel cohesive.
Store Stuff Animals
You know how much your children love their stuffed animals, but over time their collection can overwhelm their floor space. To help contain the clutter, repurpose a shoe organizer to hold all those cuddly stuffed animals and help keep their bedroom tidy.
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