5 Days of Organizing Kids’ Clothing… What They’re In Now

Hey Y’all!

Well, it’s day 3 of our 5 Day series on Organizing Kids’ Clothing… and today we’re gonna take a look at how to organize “What They’re In Now.”


For starters, lemme just say that there are probably a MILLION different ways that folks organize their kids’ clothing. If you don’t believe me, just search Pinterest for “organizing kids clothes” and take a gander!

But today I’m sharing my story about how I came to eventually have a kids’ closet…

It all started back in 2009, when, while pregnant with my third child, I decided that a} we needed more storage space in the bedrooms and b} I was so tired of picking up & putting away clean clothes that had been strewn about the kids’ rooms during the day!

So I decided to see if there was any possible way that I might be able to pull off this “family closet” thing that I’d been hearing about larger families using, but just for my kids. With two kids and an infant, I didn’t need too much space, so I put together a little something in my laundry room that looked like this:

Original Post: “Great Ideas from Large(r) Families: The Family Closet” {2010}

I. fell. in. love! Being able to wash, dry, fold & put away all those clothes within just a few feet was wonderful! AND, with the clothes all out there, there was no more clothing explosions in their bedrooms. ♥

When baby number four came along… and now toddler number three’s clothes were getting bigger, it became apparent that I needed more space to pull this off. :-/

So we cleaned out our breezeway… the room just past our laundry room. Up ’til that point, it had served many purposes, play room… music room… storage room… but it was also the perfect place to expand our “kids’ closet.”

It looked like this:

Original Post: “Large{r} Family Living: The “Family” Closet” {2011}

I used what we had… and added to it for cheap. The white dresser was given to us by my Mom’s cousin who was remodeling and I grabbed those 3 tiered plastic bins on clearance. I would’ve preferred more “dresser-like” storage, but this worked!

Well, patience is a virtue as they say. This year we finally added another free & new-to-us dresser {yay!} and Danny put a shelf & long bar for hanging over the dressers!

So here is our kids’ clothing storage as of today:

And here are some of the details:

Hanging above are Lawrie’s collared shirts & vests… Ellie & Emme’s dresses… and Sammi’s dresses & skirts.

This table is usually in the middle of the room. I deliver the baskets of clean clothes to the table and the kids are responsible for putting away their clothing. {Sammi helps Emme… Lawrie helps Ellie…}

On the other side of the room is another shelf/rod set up that we’d put in a year or so ago…

It’s where we keep seasonal items like coats in the winter & swimsuits in the summer.

This old toy storage box {it’s beat up & doesn’t work well for the kids anymore without frustrating them… and it’s covered in fingernail polish on top} has been repurposed into a hanger storage bin. 😉

Here are some other great versions of the kids’/family closet…

And that’s how we store the clothing that our kids are in now. If you have any questions about this “kids’ closet” concept, please be sure to leave ’em in the comments below!

Don’t forget to join me tomorrow to look at storing “What You’ve Bought Ahead…” All about shopping thrift stores & consignment sales in anticipation of your children’s growing wardrobe needs.

If you’ve missed the first two days of our series, be sure to check out:

  1. 5 Days of Organizing… Kid’s Clothing
  2. 5 Days of Organizing Kids’ Clothing… What They’ve Outgrown

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5 Comments

  1. What a great idea! Our laundry room isn’t big enough to do that, but I will have to keep that in mind.

  2. love it – shared on google+ pinned and tweeted!

  3. Thanks Anne! We are blessed with a wonderful amount of space out there in our breezeway, but I’ve also seen several folks in the blog-o-sphere get pretty creative with their small spaces too! 😉

  4. I really do love the idea of this! I can see how it would make life SO much easier! Love the recent additions and how organized it all is!

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