No More “Mom, Can You Find…?”

05/02/2024 Kaysar

No More “Mom, Can You Find…?”

Organizing Your Kid's Closet On This Mother's Day

organizing your kid's closet

Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate the incredible women who nurture and guide us. But let’s be honest, moms are busy! Between work, errands, and endless “Mom, can you…?”, a well-organized kid’s closet can feel like a distant dream.

We know that mothering is a marathon, not a sprint. This year, give yourself the gift of a calmer daily routine by tackling the closet together. Here’s a simple, stress-free guide to organizing your kid’s closet from a clothing chaos into a peaceful space.

Step 1: The Great Declutter

Before anything else, let’s clear out the clutter. Involve your child in this process, making it a fun “treasure hunt” for clothes they no longer wear. Here’s how:

  • Gather supplies: Grab some empty laundry baskets or boxes and label them “Donate,” “Outgrown,” and “Keep.”
  • Start sorting: Together, go through each shelf, drawer, and hanger. Ask your child if they still love an item and if it fits well. Remind them that donating clothes they don’t wear helps others.
  • Memories with a twist: For sentimental items your child has outgrown, consider taking photos of them together before placing them in a special “memory box.”
  • Outgrown clothes? Don’t despair! Pack them neatly for younger siblings, cousins, or donation.

Step 2: Creating a Kid-Friendly System

Now for the fun part – making the closet user-friendly for your little one. Here are some tips:

  • Low down and slow down: Young children can’t reach high shelves. Dedicate the lower areas (rods, shelves, drawers) to their everyday clothes. Use sturdy bins or baskets for folded items like pajamas and socks.
  • Categorize like a pro: Divide hanging space and drawers into sections for shirts, pants, dresses, and PJs. Use drawer dividers or colorful labels with pictures for easy identification (especially helpful for pre-readers).
  • Hangers that match: Replace mismatched hangers with child-sized ones. Consider using colorful hangers to add a touch of fun and make categorizing easier (red shirts on red hangers!).

Step 3: Keeping it Simple (and Stylish)

Once you have a system, let’s maintain it! Here are some strategies:

  • Folding frenzy: Folding clothes neatly takes up less space and makes everything easier to find. The “file fold” method (think papers in a drawer) works wonders on t-shirts and pajamas.
  • Seasonal swap: Rotate out-of-season clothes. Pack them neatly in bins and store them on higher shelves or under the bed. This keeps the closet manageable and reduces overwhelm.
  • Accessorize with ease: Use lidless baskets or colorful pouches for belts, hats, and scarves. This way, your child can grab what they need without creating a mess.

Step 4: The Joy of Putting Away

Getting your child to put clothes away can be a struggle. Here’s how to make it a breeze:

  • Make it a game: Turn putting away clothes into a race or a “clothes scavenger hunt.”
  • Rewards for a reason: Consider a small reward system for consistently putting clothes away neatly.
  • Lead by example: Let your child see you put your own clothes away neatly. Actions speak louder than words!

Step 5: The Mother’s Day Touch

Now that the closet is organized, consider adding a special Mother’s Day touch:

  • Craft a “Thank You” corner: Dedicate a small space in the closet for your child’s artwork or a heartfelt letter thanking you for taking care of their clothes.
  • Themed decorations: Let your child choose cute decorations for the closet that reflect their personality. This will make it even more inviting to keep organized.
  • A new outfit surprise: Hide a special new outfit for your child to discover in the organized closet. It’ll be a fun reward for their (and your!) hard work.


  • Focus on progress, not perfection: Don’t get discouraged if the closet doesn’t stay perfectly organized forever. The important thing is to establish a system that works for your family.
  • Celebrate small wins: Acknowledge your child’s efforts, whether it’s putting away clothes or sorting through their things.
  • Make it a bonding experience: Turn organizing the closet into a fun activity you do together. Play music, laugh a little, and enjoy the time with your child.

Bonus Tips and Tricks for the Mom

Here are some additional ideas to take your kid’s closet organization to the next level:

  • Shoe Savvy: Shoes can often be a source of clutter. Invest in a shoe rack or over-the-door shoe organizer for easy storage and access. Consider labeling shelves with pictures for specific shoe types (boots, sneakers, etc.) for younger children.
  • The Power of Pockets: Utilize the back of the closet door with hanging shoe organizers or pocket organizers. These are perfect for storing accessories like hair ties, socks, or even small toys your child likes to keep in their room.
  • The Multitasking Mirror: Consider a full-length mirror with a built-in jewelry organizer on the back. This provides a spot for necklaces, bracelets, and hair accessories, all neatly tucked away but accessible for daily use.
  • DIY Décor: Get creative with DIY closet decorations! Paint old picture frames and label them for different categories of clothing. Let your child help with this – it’s a fun way to personalize the space and make them feel more invested in keeping it organized.
  • The Laundry Basket Helper: Dedicate a small laundry basket inside the closet specifically for clothes that need to be washed. Train your child to toss dirty clothes in the designated basket, eliminating the need to search for them later.
  • Seasonal Clothing Hacks: Vacuum seal out-of-season clothes to save space. This keeps them protected and reduces bulk in the closet.

The Long-Term Impact: A Gift Beyond Mother’s Day

An organized closet isn’t just a gift for you – it’s a gift for your child as well. By creating a system that works, you’re teaching them valuable life skills like:

  • Responsibility: Putting away clothes fosters a sense of responsibility for their belongings.
  • Decision-making: Organizing their clothes helps them learn to make choices about what to wear.
  • Time management: Finding clothes quickly means less time spent getting dressed in the morning, leading to smoother mornings for everyone.
  • Independence: An organized closet empowers your child to dress themselves confidently, fostering independence.

This Mother’s Day, give yourself (and your child) the gift of a calm and organized closet. It might take some initial effort, but the long-term benefits are endless. Remember, consistency is key! With a little effort and these helpful tips, you can create a system that empowers your child and gives you back precious time – a true Mother’s Day gift that keeps on giving.

There will be days when the piles of clothes seem impossible to handle. At Closet & Beyond, we understand the challenges of keeping a kid’s closet organized. We offer a wide range of storage solutions, from kid-sized hangers to colorful bins, to help you create a system that works for your family. And if you ever get stuck, our friendly customer service team is always happy to answer your questions and offer personalized advice. Visit Closet & Beyond today and connect with us. Let’s create a space that brings peace to your mornings.

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