Getting a child to keep up closet organization can be a daunting task, but there are plenty of things than can be done to not only make it easier, but help keep it organized…by them! Closet organization systems are not just for adults, children can greatly benefit from them as well.
Most standard closets are not suited to a child’s needs. The hanging rods are too high for them to reach, there are no bins or baskets to store toys and closet shelves are out of reach and hard for small children to manage.
Whether you decide to refit the closet with new closet organization systems or just add a few child friendly components, the end result will be very rewarding for both you and your little one.
Keep in mind that children need to be able to reach the items they need or want. Everyday used items can be organized in the lower half of the storage space, whereas rarely used things, such as seasonal clothing, can be organized in the top half of any closet organization system. When organizing a child’s closet, get them involved and ask them where they would like their items to be. Try your best to accommodate their requests (with in reason) and make it a team effort. They will be excited to be part of the process and make decisions to help “design” their own closet organization systems; this may also keep them interested in the closet organization process as well.
Adding lower level hanging poles or double hanging sections to closet organization systems will allow for children to access their clothing without help. Not only will they be able to reach their clothing when it is time to get dressed, but they will also be able to hang the clothes back up. A certain satisfaction can come with being able to do things on your own; and for many children, picking out their own clothing and dressing themselves is a big deal and is an incentive to continue managing their clothing. Whether they know it or not, they will play a role in keeping their clothes organized and the bedroom free of clutter.
Dolls, action figures, sporting equipment, board games, learning exercise toys and trinkets are a main cause of clutter in a child’s bedroom. Multiple toy bins or baskets are the best way to keep these things organized. You can incorporate slide-out baskets or drawers into custom closet organization systems or modular systems or purchase several plastic bins and place them at or near floor level for easy access. Separating out different types or sizes of toys in a few individual bins will help keep clutter down. Sometimes, with a single large toy box or bin, a child will take out everything in search of the one specific item they wish to play with and not put them back. Giving each kind of toy a “home” will help this; the less the child has to search for an item, the less mess is made. Also, knowing where each toy goes or which basket they belong in will make it easier for them to put toys away, especially if the storage containers are within their reach. Many modular and custom closet organization systems offer built-in sliding drawers, metal baskets or bins. The metal wire baskets are great for kids since you can see what is inside them without having to slide out the basket.
Reading material is a huge part of early childhood and child development. It is important to allow children access to their books or at least keep them in a child’s line of sight. Wide book shelves are difficult for children to manage; books fall over, get left out and typically don’t stay organized. Closet shelves devoted to books at their eye level are a great storage solution. Shelf dividers every few inches can help this along by acting as book ends to help keep books straight, organized and easy to put away. A child may choose toys over books at times if there are no books with in sight or reach; seeing them everyday can help to peak reading interest, especially if they get to pick out the story they wish to read. If you are researching custom closet organization systems, then you can ask your designer what child friendly products they recommend.
There are a few options for shoe organization in a child’s closet. Shoe shelves are great for keeping shoes off the floor and shoe cubbies get shoes off the floor and help keep them organized. In closet organization systems, shoe cubbies allow for only one pair of shoes in each compartment, this will help to keep shoes from being stacked on top of each other or falling off of shoe shelves. Over-the-door shoe closet organization systems, such as hanging shoe pouches, can also help since they usually span the entire length of the door. Lower shoe compartments are child accessible and higher ones can be used for formal shoes or small item storage. Custom closet organization systems offer a wide range of shoe solutions; however, many shoe storage units can be bought at retail stores and used with or without closet organization systems.
An important thing to remember when organizing a child’s closet is to keep it simple and make it easy for a child to not only take items out of the closet, but put them back as well. If he or she doesn’t like book shelves, no problem, just keep the books in a bin or ask them where they would like to have their books. Keep them involved and interested. And even if you don’t completely remodel the closet, you can make your child’s storage space unique and functional with components, accessories and modular units; you can make your own custom closet organization systems that work perfect for your space or your little one’s space.
Once a child realizes that all their items have their place and they can access them, little excuses like, “I can’t reach” or “I would put it up, but I don’t know where it goes” will most likely be a thing of the past. Whether they are stand-alone accessory units, modular units or custom closet organization systems, these options can really increase the storage in a child’s closet and help with general closet organization. A little responsibility can also help boost a child’s confidence and result in a tidy bedroom closet!
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