Tailored Living® can help with one of the biggest back-to-school challenges—the closets. A messy, out-of-control closet is a frustration on many levels and makes every day more difficult when jackets and shirts are all over the place. To calm the chaos and help your child get ready for school every day, here are some tips and closet organization ideas that can get your kids’ wardrobes and cluttered closets whipped into shape for back to school, with benefits that will last all year long.
Age-appropriate closet organization lets your child easily manage their clothes and keep the closet and the bedroom neat
Tip One: Reimagine the closet as real storage
Converting a reach-in closet from an awkward empty void with a hanging rod to custom storage with space to organize everything will make all the difference in the world to your child. Piles will disappear as they work with closet shelves for stacking folded shirts and jeans, hanging rods within their reach, and closet accessories like baskets, pullout bins, shoe racks, and sturdy hooks for hanging jackets and backpacks. Think colors, textures, and design elements that will make the closet appealing and fun.
Defining space for everything in the closet eliminates the idea of a closet as a dumping ground
Tip Two: Organize the contents in a way that makes sense
There’s no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” kid’s closet system. From toddler to teen, closet needs will change as your child grows. Involve your child in the closet organization and set up storage solutions that they prefer and will work with. For example, do they prefer to hang shirts or fold and stack them? Are open shelves what they like or do they like bins and drawers that hid things away? Tailored Living’s custom closet systems and closet accessories can accommodate any preferences and make each closet unique to the user with floor-to-ceiling tiered hanging rods, adjustable shelves, drawers, and pull-out bins with designated space for everything in the closet.
A teen or college-age student’s closet will look very different from an elementary school child’s
Tip Three: Make shoe storage a priority
Kids have lots of shoes and keeping them in good condition is important since shoes can make or break an outfit or a carefully crafted image. Tennis shoes, gym shoes, sandals, boots, flats, and dress shoes all need to be available and protected from damage, so they are ready when needed. As part of a closet organization system, cubbies, shelves, and custom shoe racks are all options for maintaining large or small shoe collections to keep them in pairs and up off the floor. Organize by color or style for extra efficiency.
Inside the closet or free-standing systems, shoes will last longer and stay cleaner when stored properly
Tip Four: Sturdy hooks can handle daily use items
Hooks can be used inside or outside of the closet to hang things in a hurry like pajamas, jackets, backpacks, purses, hats, and more. Hooks are great to eliminate clutter that can result from tossing items around. (A quick hang in a convenient spot is just as easy as a toss.) Hooks can become an element of décor—fun, fancy, funky, or merely functional. Just make sure they are SECURE to safely hold whatever is placed on them since kids probably won’t give much thought to how much weight an individual hook can support.
Hooks can maximize closet storage or create storage where there is none on walls, in corners, and behind doors
Tip Five: Downsize the contents with a closet cleanout and purge
Sorting and purging are steps in closet organization that help to ensure the closet will stay uncluttered and highly functional. The infamous 80/20 Rule applies to closets in that most people (kids too) wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time. That’s an awful lot of clothes not being worn taking up precious closet space! Every parent knows the pain of buying something special for your child and them hating it. A wise parent will accept the fact that children of any age can have strong opinions about what they like to wear, and you’ll save time, money, and aggravation by working with your kids on building wardrobes they want.
- Remove anything that doesn’t belong in the closet like a tennis racket or bike helmet.
- Take time to go through all their clothes, helping them pare down duplicates.
- Inspect each piece for damage and wearability; make repairs or discard the hopeless.
- Replace outgrown items like a favorite jacket and add some new stylish updates.
- Sort through underwear, pajamas, and socks, they always need clearing out.
- All shoes, boots, and sandals should be tried on to ensure they still look good and fit comfortably; buy replacements as needed.
- Downsize to what will fit in the closet and dresser drawers to eliminate bedroom clutter or bring in additional shelves or storage, like an ottoman that can be storage and seating.
- Off-season clothes can be stored in a hall closet or the garage to free up closet space.
Back to school may bring lots of reasons for stress but learning to be organized and in control of one’s closet can eliminate some of that tension! You can help your kids more easily navigate the school year with closets that present clothes they need, like, and can always find, making getting dressed for school in the morning an easier task with uniforms, gym clothes, matching shoes, and favorite jackets ready to go. Call 866-712-3404 to schedule a free, in-home, or virtual* consultation or go online to www.tailoredliving.com to find a designer near you who can help get the whole family’s closets in shape for back to school. Additionally, we can offer storage solutions throughout your home and garage, to help organize pantries, laundry rooms, and home offices. All you have to do is ask!
*Virtual consultations may not be available at all locations.