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Organization Inspiration: Ideas for Efficient Kids’ Closets

published Jan 15, 2014
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I can barely keep my own closet organized, let alone my kids’. That’s why I need some serious inspiration for storing all the bits and bobs that end up in a child’s closet. It’s not always just clothes and shoes; there are toys, books, dress up clothes, and any number of other childhood necessities. Read on to see some inspirational closets and the elements we think are most worth using for your own system.

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)


1. Multiple rows of hanger bars (by Organized Living via Houzz): Since kids’ clothes are shorter and smaller than adults’, you can take advantage of some extra vertical space. Install one or even two more hanger bars so you can have rows and rows of hanging organization.

2. Pegboard
(seen on Slippers by Day): Organizing with pegboard is a recent trend, but we haven’t seen much of it in kids’ closets. Putting some on the back wall allows you to hang whatever you want in any configuration you need.

3. Big rubber tubs (seen on Project Nursery): We love the way this nursery closet is organized, with large tubs for clothes of different sizes.

4. Cubbies and laundry baskets (seen on Around the Farmhouse Table): Cubbies are always a versatile storage solution, but having sliding laundry baskets in this closet is genius. They work like removable drawers; use them as intended and have your laundry ready to carry to the washer, or keep toys or shoes inside instead.

5. Kid-sized shelves (seen on Ana White Homemaker): This whole closet has been custom-built to fit a child. Ana White claims that it’s “ridiculously easy,” so I’m going to take her word for it. She provides all the plans and instructions on her site.


6. Simple store-bought add-ons (seen on A Bowl Full of Lemons): If you don’t have the budget to build new elements for your closet, there are a lot of organizers you can purchase at the store to mix and match for your needs. Here, a “closet doubler” hangs from the top bar and creates another hanger bar, and a small shelf unit sits on the floor to store shoes.

7. Bins, bins, bins!
(seen on Southern Lovely): You can go crazy with bins and their labeling and keep everything in order. Lidded and stacking bins can hold toys, while plastic drawer units keep extra clothes in order.

8. Open containers
(seen on Hey Donna): Whether they’re more bins or baskets or buckets, open containers allow your kids easy access to clothes and other items. Label the shelves instead of the bins so kids know exactly where to put them back.