5 Tips for Getting Kids Excited about Closet Organization
It’s no easy task to get a kid’s closet organized. Getting kids motivated to keep their space organized is even harder. However, there are many ways that you can personalize a child’s closet to put them in control of their space. Below are some of Arizona Garage & Closet Design’s best kids closet organization ideas.
1. Structure and Storage
The challenging part of designing a custom closet for children is the fact that they will grow. When they are younger, you will want to make sure that at least some of their clothes are accessible to them. Shoes and frequently used articles of clothing should be kept on shelves, in drawers that are close to the ground, or on low-hanging clothing rods. If they are old enough, this will allow them to start practicing dressing themselves at a young age.
The power of baskets and bins should never be underestimated. Choose open-top or see-through options to make it easier for both you and your child to get dressed in the morning. The better they can see the contents of the containers, the less likely it is that they will go digging through their drawers, flinging clothes left and right to find what they want.
Items that are not used as often should be stored out of the child’s reach. You can even swap out their wardrobe seasonally by storing off-season clothing items in bins at the top of their closet.
If your child shares a closet with their sibling, a split closet design is the perfect solution to the problem of their clothes getting mixed together. Label drawers with each child’s name; each side of the closet can even be labeled. This will give them a sense of ownership and pride in their own side of the closet.
Keep in mind that your child will get taller and their clothes will get bigger, requiring more space to store their wardrobe. Having adjustable shelves and closet rods are a must!
Kid’s closet organization is a challenge for parents across Arizona. A tried and true method is to label everything from drawers and bins to baskets and hampers. For younger children, Arizona Garage & Closet Design recommends putting pictures of what’s inside on the label itself. These labels are yet another opportunity for small children to practice their reading and recognition skills.
For older children, labels should still be utilized, but give the child the chance to write the labels themselves. Simple and inexpensive labels can be made by painting a wide piece of masking tape with chalk paint. This way, if the child decides to rearrange their closet in the future, they can simply wipe off the label and write a new one.
Many of the closets that AGCD constructs in Phoenix include themed closet spaces specifically for children. From color coordinated closets to sports and equine-themed wardrobes, the possibilities are endless. Young children will delight in their colorful space.
Some of the most common themes for small children include princess/fantasy, sports, firefighter, and jungle. Once again, it is prudent to keep in mind the child’s tastes as they grow up; a 14-year-old is not going to want to have a six year old’s princess closet. An alternative to a closet theme is a closet scheme. Picking colors that your child likes is a great way to get them involved with the design of their closet space.
4. A Hideaway Space
While children may not have the same appreciation for a walk-in closet that adults do, they will most certainly enjoy a “secret space” all their own. Construct a pillow-topped bench for a reading nook, place a desk inside of the closet for completing homework or put some bean bag chairs around a table for games and toys. Ask your child what he or she would like in their “secret hideaway spot.” The more you get your child involved, the more they will want to keep their space clean and tidy to play or spend time in.
5. Reward Them for Keeping it Clean
The hardest part of kid’s closet organization is getting your child to keep their closet clean. Reward them for putting their clothes back into their designated areas or make it a part of their daily chores.
You can even make putting dirty clothes in the hamper a game by attaching a laundry bag to the back of their closet door or to the wall. Play “dirty laundry basketball” by shooting the clothes into the basket or dunking them in. This fun game will get your child motivated to pick up their dirty clothes off of the floor.
Arizona Garage & Closet Design hopes these tips will help both you and your children to get organized during the Spring Cleaning season. Utilize your child’s space to the fullest by designing a custom closet to fit all of their needs. Contact us today for a free in-home consultation!