It’s one thing to keep ourselves organized. It’s a completely different chore to help your children do the same. One of the best methods lies in choosing a custom organizing setup. Custom closet systems will help them continue to keep their rooms neater and, in the process, help them learn how to organize at an early age.
To get the best results, look at a system you can adjust when your child gets older. This also gives you an opportunity to help them declutter and reorganize several times in the future as their closet needs change. A main thing to think about is your child’s option to reach things stored at the top of their closet. If you specifically do not want certain things within their reach, organize in such a way that the common things they may need are already at their reach level.
If you put the clothing rod lower than the usual spot, it will give them more independence; both to select what they want to wear and to put it away after use. That will give you one less thing to worry over in the morning and teach them more responsibility in keeping their room picked up. Even if your child can already reach the top of their closet, installing a second, lower rod is a good way to create more space and eliminate hearing, “But there’s no where to put it!”.
Many closet organization systems have adjustable shelves that can be place at levels that allow your children to store multiple items in easy to reach places. Then, as the child grows, you can put them higher up – freeing up even more space below for new items like skate boards, school bags etc. You can also use an adjustable system to keep certain things out of their reach until they are old enough to take them down without your help.
A shoe rack is also one of the fastest ways to organize a child’s closet. We’ve all had to search high and low for that one, missing shoe – how many times has that made you late for school drop off or an appointment? You can choose from stationary or hanging shoe racks in many closet systems. You can put ‘special occasion’ shoes in a higher section so your child doesn’t decide to play soccer in her best dress shoes.
Always keep in mind that custom closet organization systems in your child’s room are intended to make organization easier for them, as well as for you. We know that each adult has their own preferred way of organizing and children are the same. Allow your child to help pick out their closet system and decide how their items will be displayed. You can give them advice on what would work best in their room, but keep in mind that your child will be far more interested in using their new closet system if they know they made decisions in how it looks. If your child isn’t old enough to grasp the concept of picking out a system, then allow them to choose a few colored bins or baskets to go with the design you have picked.