How I Organize My Kids’ Clothes

There are numerous ways to organize kids’ clothes, so you have to find what works for you. I found a solution for us that has made life so much easier. Next to getting rid of clothes, this is the best change I have made in simplifying the kids’ clothes.

I want to share what we are doing right now if for no other reason than to encourage you to think outside the box. If your traditional dresser system isn’t working, don’t beat your head against the wall trying to make it work. Honestly, I don’t even want to think about going back to a dresser.

These shelves are from Target, though I know you can get similar ones from IKEA that might be a little larger, which would be really nice.

Each child has 4 boxes. Don’t worry, we didn’t sneak in a fourth child, the bottom boxes are toys. 😉

Left to right they hold:

Bottoms, Tops, Pajamas, and underwear/socks/accessories.

Yep, that’s it.

The beauty of this system is:

  • It is small, helping keep the limit on clothes.
  • It is simple. My preschooler and toddler know where to find their clothes and can choose them.
  • It is accessible. Both Stefan and Olivia can put their own clothes away. 
  • It is flexible. At any point, I can change what is in the boxes, put younger kids clothes lower, or change it out and use it for something else entirely.

A simple system is key to success!

Their dress clothes are hung in the closet, and I have another small box with sweaters. And that is it for our clothes. Can we say easy? I love how much simpler it is. I also love that I can send my four-year-old with a basket of folded laundry and I don’t have to stand over him. I will still find everything in the right spot.

Once my children are older and their clothes take up more space, we will have to adjust this system. For now, though, I’m really happy with it. A traditional dresser might not be the easiest way to store your kids’ clothes.

I found that the big drawers were a recipe for disaster. The only way I could keep them somewhat organized was to not allow the kids to get out or put away their own clothes. Since I firmly believe in teaching independence to my children, it just was not working.

Whatever system you have, make sure it is working for you. An organizing system is there to serve you, not to complicate your life. If it isn’t working, think outside the box. You may be able to re-purpose something or purchase something inexpensively that will simplify your life.

I love simplifying. :)

Do you have a great organizing system for your kids’ clothes?  Leave me a comment. I’d love to hear!

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  1. elva farrell says:

    What a great idea!

  2. Elva Farrell says:

    What a great idea!!

  3. I love this idea!!! Good job for thinking outside the box. I love how neat and clean your storage looks…and you have room for one more child already :)

  4. After reading your post, I am seriously contemplating using this type of organization for my children’s clothes (we have a similar one for toys)! We have one dresser for our three children but I put everything away myself to keep it neat and they are certainly old enough to learn to do it on their own (7, 4, and 2). First, I’ll have to put into practice your previous posts and downsize the amount of clothes they currently have! =) Thanks for sharing your tips!

  5. Becky Rulapaugh says:

    Yes!!! This is what I needed! Thanks, Johanna!

  6. Didn’t take long to find the right system. Thank you for helping me with my next move…. Seeing that we got the same name confirms that this is it look no further :)

  7. Stella Denison says:

    Where do you buy the storage unit/organizer on the above page?


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