One of the hardest things about maintaining an organized home is sharing it with messy people. Little people. Like your own personal army of dictators that you created yourself. Kids are messy by nature.
Teaching a five-year-old to fold all her clothes and hang each outfit together is probably a far-fetched suggestion, but there are several ways to organize kids clothing to create a system that works for both mom and tots.
Start by cleaning out the closet by eliminating all non-closet items. Closets tend to be a gathering place for all sorts of clutter and knick knacks and keepsakes and storage. Before attempting to organize the closet, empty it out entirely and sorting through the items that actually belong in the closet and those that should be stored elsewhere.Keep one size at a time in the closet. Unless you have a newborn who is switching sizes every few months, don’t waste space with clothing that doesn’t fit. It’s a good idea to clean out the closet semi-annually to clear out clothes that are the wrong size or the wrong season. Get rid of clothes that are too small, too big, worn out, or clothes that your kids refuse to wear (because we all have those too, right?)The Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo is making its way into homes everywhere, and transforming closet spaces. She introduces a method of folding clothes that involved folding everything in a rectangle shape instead of a square, and then standing each item up. It’s similar to rolling, but slightly different. This makes it so much easier to see what you have, and fit nearly twice the clothes (sometimes more) into the same space.
There are always those items that will not and cannot be folded. Bins are a great way to keep those items organized without hassling with shelves or overstuffed drawers. Underwear, sports clothing, undershirts, scarves, belts, and accessories all work perfectly in bins. You can also use bins or drawers for organizing clothing for each day of the week. Prepare outfits ahead of time to make the morning school rush a little bit easier.
The best way to make and keep kids organized it to get them involved! Let them help decide what to put where, and create a habit of helping mom put away clothes and keeping dirty clothes in the hamper. It might take a little bit of time to instill good habits, but it will definitely pay off in the long run.