There is no great mystery to organizing your baby or child’s closet. Having had 3 children close in age and limited closet space the best way organizing my children’s clothes was sorting by by age (or size) and having a basket or hanging space close by for items too big, too small and being donated. And then staying on top of purging those. Especially, with babies it is essential to have a monthly schedule to sort through your items. This way you avoid buying duplicate, having that “oops” moment of finding the cutest outfit in the back of the closet that they outgrew 6 months ago and filling up your closet with otherwise unused items.
Labeling by Age and Size
For very young children the most important step is:
- To organize by age (size): Organize 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months aso until 18 months.
- Have current size and up to two sizes bigger on display, either hanging or in cubbies. This way you will know what you already own in bigger sizes and won’t buy duplicates. What can’t be hung (shorts, socks, hats, shoes, mittens, burp clothes, etc) fold and put in boxes or baskets and label by age/size as you do the hanging.
- Try to hang everything that is hangable (onesies, dresses, sweaters, you can even pin pants on a hanger if necessary).
- Use child size hangers and closet organizer tags to keep clothes sorted by age/size:
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Or make your own printable ones
- For small children having a triple and double hung section works well. Their clothes are small enough to be triple hung and a triple hung section is later on easily converted into a longer hanging section for older children and adults. A double hung section allows you to also store some boxes/bins or bulkier items on the floor.
- Once the child is older keep current clothes easily accessible and on the lower rods while using upper rods for out of season clothes or clothes that are too big. The same for bins and baskets.
- Put bulky items (blankets, blanket sleepers) on shelves or in bins and label.
- If possible install adjustable shelves. This way they can be easily adjusted to different bin heights as well as to sweater/shirt/pant storage once the child grows older and won’t need bins anymore.
- Also have a “Donate” and “Too small bin” for items that your child outgrows and that you either want to donate or keep. These bins can be handily stored on the top shelf or on the floor. This will keep your storage current and clutter free.
Hampers and Drawers
Having a pull-out hamper for dirty laundry and some drawers will also give you more flexibility in storing smaller items. For young children drawers can be easily divided to keep small items organized. Once the child is older drawer dividers may not be necessary but can still come in handy for organizing underwear and socks.
Avoid designing a closet with only infant clothes in mind that you won’t be able to customize later. Especially if your closet is constructed without shelf pinholes.
If you have adjustable shelves, a triple hung section can be easily changed into a double or longer hanging section. Most often shelves sit on shelf pins or are attached with cam locks that are easily removed with a screwdriver.
The price of the triple hung closet is very similar to the long hanging closet. A standard 6’ wide reach in closet like this in white melamine would cost (including material, labor but no demolition) between $1,050 and $900 if we were to install it.
Other Storage Ideas:
If you run out of space in your closet think outside the box. There are any number of ways you can utilize other areas like behind the door, on the wall or storage items like the roll cart that got converted into a diaper cart. Check out some of the links below for more ideas.
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