Have you ever stopped to think about how much time you’d save if you didn’t have constantly pick up and sort all the clothes from you and your kids’ floors? A lot! That’s why we’ve put together these handy tips to help your family learn the most efficient way how to organise your clothes and keep wardrobes and floors tidy. You can trust Persil to help you manage your laundry and keep your clothes fresh and clean.
How to Organise Your Closet: Keep Things Simple
If you organise a kids’ wardrobe from the outset with little fingers and brains in mind, you’ll soon find your children learn what goes where. But be sure not make the task more complicated than it needs to be: simple piles of t-shirts and long-sleeved tops are better than clothes organised according to colour, for example. Remember, you’re aiming to minimise the mess they’ll create when looking for their favourite top! Our top ten tips for wardrobe organisation:
- Use kid-friendly bins or baskets to organise socks, underwear, accessories, and shoes. Label these with pictures, rather than words, so everyone knows what goes in each.
- Minimise the number of hangers and don’t fold elaborately. Clothes tend to take up more space if they’re hung up, and little hands find hangers and folding difficult to manage – which means more messy clothes on the floor.
- Store coats, scarves, and bags on pegs. Put hooks up near the front door, or inside your child’s room at their height. Make hanging these items up a part of their daily routine.
- For older children, hang jewellery on hooks in the inside of your child’s wardrobe. This way your child can see and wear what they have, rather than having to search through a box of tangled up necklaces.
- Use a long ribbon to store girls’ hairclips. This way you’ll spend less time hunting for the second clip in a pair.
- Store sports clothes in kit bags. If you put sports clothes directly back into the bag – instead of in a drawer or on a shelf – as soon as you’ve washed them, you’ll always know where they are!
- Store dressing up clothes in a single big box, hamper, or suitcase. As nice as it might be to see dressing up clothes hanging up in a wardrobe, more hangers make for more mess.
- Similarly, store dolls’ clothes in a single box, hamper, or suitcase.
- Always try to keep socks in pairs when you place in them in the drawers – and when you place them in the washing machine, too! Encourage your little ones to keep their socks together when they take them off, and when you put them in the washing machine, always try to ensure that every sock has a mate. It may seem like a pain at first, but soon you will never have to search for missing socks again!
- Have designated boxes or areas for clothes that are ‘too big’ or ‘too small’. Kids are always growing! A good idea is to have boxes, bins, or an area of a wardrobe for clothes that are either too big or too small. This way, these clothes won’t clutter the rest of the closet!
Once you’ve put a system of organisation in place, try not to make too many changes, or you’ll end up with a mess again!
How to Organise Your Closet: Daily Management
Every piece of clothing should have its own place in your system of organization, and worn clothes are no exception. To keep these off the floor, think about:
- Designating a peg or a chair for clothes that have been worn, but aren’t dirty. Kids, and even adults, rarely put these types of clothes away habitually, but if you have a designated area for them, you can do a quick clear up at the end of the week, and you won’t need to sniff your way through the jumbled pile of garments lying on the floor!
- Placing a laundry hamper in your child’s room. If you have the space, this is a great way to get your kids used to recognising which clothes need to be washed at the end of the day, and there’s no chance your children’s favourite clothes will go missing in a family washing load.
- Organising outfits at the start of the week. This might be a good idea for super busy families with young school-aged children. Label draws or baskets according to the days of the week, and choose outfits at the weekend, for the entire week.
How to Organise Your Closet: Storing Clothes
Since kids grow so fast, and change their interests and activities just as rapidly, there are always ‘extra’ clothes lying around. We suggest you:
- Keep a spare basket or hamper for ‘too small’ clothes. When you notice your child has grown out of something, put it directly in the designated area.
- Every 3-6 months, or seasonally, sort through your child’s wardrobe. Take out clothes to sell, donate, or store.
- Use clear plastic or vacuum pack bags to store clothes. Make sure they are clean before you pack them away, and label your stored clothes for future reference.
- Always make sure that clothes are clean when you store them. This will save you time and effort. If clothes have any stains on them, try to treat them as soon as possible – stains will be more difficult to treat if they have set. Try new Persil small & mighty to help treat any stains – find out more about small & mighty here.