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8 Ideas For a Practical and Clutter Free Kids’ Wardrobe

How to make a kids wardrobe child-friendly and clutter free

Not all kids’ wardrobes are kid friendly. Often, the doors are too hard to open, the shelves are too high or too shallow, drawers are too deep or kids can’t reach where their clothes are hanging. A part of children’s growth and development is building independence and the wardrobe is an important part of that growth, allowing them to access their toys on their own and giving them the opportunity to access their clothes so that they can dress themselves. For parents, having a functional kid friendly wardrobe is also essential for clutter-free living.

So what does make a great kids wardrobe that addresses all of these factors? Chris from Urban Accent has loads of experience building wardrobes and was kind enough to put together some great ideas.

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Baskets & Storage Bins

It’s amazing how much you can de-clutter by simply placing toys, clothes and other belongings into baskets or storage boxes. Not only do baskets and bins conveniently hide the potential mess away in a jiffy, they are a great way to make the most of limited storage space.

Open shelving

Open shelving makes it much easier for children to access their belongings and is a great way to help keep their room tidy because it is easier to put things away. For those belongings that are accessed regularly like toys and current clothes, lower shelves are the best option. You can also opt for higher shelves out of children’s reach for seasonal clothes.

Shallow drawers

Again it’s all about easy access for kids. Deep drawers can often make it hard for children to see the clothes at the bottom of the drawers and clothes end up in a jumbled mess. Shallow drawers and short stacks of clothing means quicker dressing for kids and less re-folding for mum.

Symmetrical design

It’s quite common these days for children to share a room and therefore a wardrobe. To minimise the occurrence of any disagreements on who has the most room or the better closet, consider a symmetrically designed wardrobe where each child has their own area.

Storage labels

Labels on drawers and storage boxes are the best way to identify each kids domain and ownership. Use big bold labels on colour coded boxes to help avoid world war III in your home.

Adjustable clothes rods and shelving

Adjustable clothes rods and shelving is a perfect way to make a wardrobe flexible for growing kids. As they grow taller you can move the rods up, as they become old enough to access their own toys, you can move shelves downward and vice versa. Try to keep clothing rods to a minimum in young children’s wardrobes too, it’s much easier for kids to put away their folded clothes into a basket or drawer.

Get Creative

This is the fun part. A wardrobe can be much more than a wardrobe with some really simple additions. Just think of your child’s bedroom theme or their interests are and play along. For example, if your child likes basketball, perhaps you could install a basketball hoop above their clothes hamper. Your child may be lucky enough to have a small walk in robe which you could turn into a secret hideaway or you could install some hooks to create a place to hang a PlayPouch, another great idea for clever toy storage!

Create a wardrobe inventory

And lastly, once you’ve got your kids wardrobe designed and storage in place, the best thing to do is get rid of outgrown clothes and unused toys and inventory everything that you want to store.

Not only are these ideas for kids wardrobes great for kids, they’re parent-friendly too and will have you stepping on less lego, walking over fewer toys and potentially having to put away fewer clothes because the kids enjoy doing it so much! Or is that wishful thinking?

Thanks for sharing your ideas, Chris!

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8 Ideas For a Practical and Clutter Free Kids’ Wardrobe

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  1. LydiaCLee
    February 16, 2015 / 6:06 am

    The open wardrobe made me laugh – what would hold all the stuff in?? (The way I pile it in!)

  2. February 16, 2015 / 6:14 am

    Don’t even remind me of my kids wardrobes – currently terrible. (Stopped bothering as we slowly pack to move house!)

  3. February 16, 2015 / 6:58 am

    I have open shelving in bub’s room because it used to be the study and had two full length book shelves installed already. I just converted it to a wardrobe by adding a towel rail to make some hanging space and some storage boxes to hide the messy stuff. Her toys are all on the bottom shelves so she can get them whenever she wants and the fragile stuff is right up the top.

  4. February 16, 2015 / 7:15 am

    What beautiful storage. I’m not sure my kids (errr I) could keep the open shelves so neat all the time. Photograph labels work well with kids too, especially with packing away toys.

  5. February 16, 2015 / 7:37 am

    These are lovely storage ideas, if only our toys cupboards/wardrobes looked this neat in real life!

  6. Sarah
    February 16, 2015 / 8:12 am

    oh wow. our wardrobes could not be more unfriendly for kids. No wonder our children moan and groan when it’s time to put away the laundry and pack up their toys.

  7. February 16, 2015 / 8:44 am

    Some great tips here, Eva!

  8. February 16, 2015 / 8:48 am

    There are some great storage ideas here. I try to make my girls’ wardrobes as user friendly as possible. We have built shelves within the cupboards to hold storage boxes for clothing as it’s much easier for them to pull these out and grab the things they need. They also have a small step stool so they can reach the clothes hanging on the rods. Seems to work ok, but it’s still pretty messy most of the time.

  9. Kirsty @ My Home Truths
    February 16, 2015 / 9:17 am

    All those pictures of wardrobes have given me a serious case of wardrobe envy!

    • February 16, 2015 / 10:07 am

      Me too Kirsty, totally jealous of the wardrobes. I want them all 🙂

  10. Natalie @ Our Parallel Connect
    February 16, 2015 / 10:18 am

    Who has a wardrobe that looks like this… Mine certainly doesn’t and as for my kids…. umm no. However, I would love to have such an organised wardrobe, but sadly I don’t think it would last too long.

  11. February 16, 2015 / 12:08 pm

    This puts my house to shame! Goodness. Great post to inspire me to get organised and re-think our place.

  12. February 16, 2015 / 1:11 pm

    These are great ideas! Our house is ridiculous at the moment, there is just stuff everywhere! I need to organise and declutter so badly! At the moment the girls are in seperate rooms but I am hoping to put them both in the one room later in the year and turn the big bedroom in to a playroom. I am desperate to come up with a way to organise the play room that makes it easy for the girls to access their stuff, but also easy to clean up aswell, and with them being in the same small bedroom, organisation of their clothes will be critical. This is some great food for thought!

  13. February 16, 2015 / 3:37 pm

    We have two children per room and keeping the bedrooms tidy is always a challenge around here. I think during Lent we are embarking on a major declutter.

  14. Tash from Gift Grapevine
    February 16, 2015 / 4:39 pm

    Love the symmetrical design and adjustable rods and shelving. In our house it’s all about keep cupboards closed as unfortunately, my Mr TT sees open shelving as an invitation to climb! Some great ideas here – I think I need more baskets!

  15. Rebecca U
    February 16, 2015 / 8:52 pm

    Love this. I definitely need to get more storage boxes and some cute labels – my kids clothes are so disorganised! Thanks for hosting the link up

  16. February 17, 2015 / 10:16 pm

    I’ve got to get some storage boxes and labels. Both my kids wardrobes need sorting. Thanks for the inspiration Eva x