Messy Kids Closet? Check Out These 10 Clever Organization Tips!

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These easy tips will help you easily organize your kiddo’s space!

organized kids closet with hanging clothes and baskets

Kids accumulate so much stuff!

Time to declutter your kiddo’s space? Check out these affordable and clever kids closet organization ideas and kick clutter to the curb once and for all.

1. Use some inexpensive command hooks to hang accessories like hats. 

hand holding a black and camo vans hat

Command hooks can be used for so many purposes in your home which is why I love having a variety pack laying around at all times!

When it comes to my kids closet organization, I love cheap and easy solutions like this! A few easy-to-hang Command hooks made each hat a cinch to grab and go, but they’re versatile for just about any accessory that can hang.

2. Place some clothes dividers in the closet to separate the type of clothing, days of the week, or even sizes.

hand holding wood closet newborn divider on clothing rack with baby clothes

Closet dividers make kids closet organization endless whether you have a growing newborn or your pre-teen needs every day of the week planned ahead! Attending a baby shower in the near future? A pack of these would make a great gift too!

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3. A hanging pegboard is the perfect kids closet organization for storing small accessories and other odds and ends.

wood pegboard kids closet organization on wall with accessories

Pegboards are so versatile, but one place you might not have thought to ever hang them is for your kids closet organization!

I found a premade one at Target on a whim which was the perfect size for a tiny awkward wall inside my daughter’s closet, but you could also easily DIY one by buying your own pegboard sheet. It could potentially even double as decor depending on what you’re hanging from it.

4. Grab an affordable paper towel holder to double as scrunchie storage. 

organizing scrunchies on a paper towel holder

The perfect scrunchie organizer for just over a dollar?! You read that right! If you head to your nearest Dollar Tree, you can pick up this paper towel holder for only $1.25 and you’re sure to never see a random scrunchie laying around again.

5. Score some kitchen pantry shelves to double as kid’s bookshelves.

white wire bookshelves hanging on door filled with childrens books

ClosetMaid Adjustable 8-Tier Wall and Door Rack – $50.98 (regularly $64.28)

Some versatile wire shelves aren’t just for your pantry and spice rack. Take advantage of vertical space on the inside of your closet doors to store all of your children’s books and keep their room clutter-free.

6. This hanging kids closet organization can be used for more than just shoes.

Plastic shoe organizers over doors with various baby blankets shoes and personal care items

Speaking of pulling double duty, if you’re keeping the books out for everyone to see, then consider hanging a shoe organizer over the door instead. Not only will it be perfect for all sizes of shoes, but you can even store diapers, wipes, socks, burp cloths, bathing suits, lotion, small toys, and so much more! With 24 pockets in each one, your kids closet organization possibilities are endless.

7. Traditional toy storage can double as clothing storage too.

close up of ikea storage containers and baskets in white organizers on wall

If your house ends up with kid stuff everywhere outside of their closet, consider hanging some storage on the wall to store clothing, toys, and more! My daughter has a tiny closet so we wanted to maximize every inch of space.

These storage cubes from IKEA were the perfect solution to keep her things tidy. By adding bamboo baskets and rainbow storage cube organizers, it looks just as pretty as it is functional too.

8. A label maker is the answer to your kids closet organization and your kids will know just where to put everything too.

label bins in closet to organize kids toys

Photo from Boxwood Clippings

Dymo Hand-Held Label Maker$31 (regularly $45.89)

Keeping labeled bins in the closet is a great way to help kids be in charge of the cleanup in their own rooms yet helps them know just where everything should go. We’re swooning over this bright, organized closet by Boxwood Clippings.

As a tip, if your little one is too young to read, try adding a picture of the item along with the words on the label.

9. Floating shelves are great for children’s books and will double as decor.

wooden shelves with books hanging on wall

MBYD Handmade Floating Bookshelves, Set of 3 – $50.39 (regularly $55.99)

Using floating bookshelves to display your child’s favorite books is an easy and eye-catching way to organize and decorate at the same time if you don’t want to hide them in the closet. Plus, they take up very little room for even small spaces so it’s true you really can’t have too many books. 🙌🏻

10. L.O.L. Dolls, LEGOs, and other small toys need a perfect organization system, too.

plastic containers with small doll toys and legos inside

The pain of stepping on a rogue LEGO or L.O.L. Surprise Doll piece is enough for anyone to want to get a handle on your kids closet organization! 😂 By using something like these stackable storage bins, you’ll have a much more streamlined approach to decluttering tiny toy chaos.

Directions need storage too! If a plastic Ziploc baggie isn’t cutting it for your LEGO directions, organize them all in a 3-ring binder with some plastic sleeves to keep them easily accessible and safe from wear and tear.

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Comments 24

  1. Denise

    I love Hip2Save organization tips. Thank you always great ideas❤️

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Aww, You’re SO welcome, Denise! Thanks for the sweet feedback! 🥰 Happy you are loving the tips!

  2. Angie M.

    For #5, you can find baskets like these at the $1 store

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the helpful tip! I love Dollar Tree baskets!

  3. Sushi

    💗💗💗stackable storage bins!! Thank you!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re welcome! 🙌

  4. lmh

    I have #3 on the back of lots of doors. I have found it slightly cheaper at Target than amazon in the past.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing with us, lmh! Good to know!

  5. Yess Min

    Thank you for all the tips. Maybe your hipster could give me ideas for my sons LEGO collection. My challenge is that once he builds them he likes to keep them that way. So he does not rebuild them and now am running out of space for them. I bought a book shelf from Ikea to display his collection but again we’re out of space. Any ideas?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome! Thank YOU for the request! I have passed this along to the team! I’d love to learn about other options for that too! We also have a few sets that need displayed.

      • CJ

        I second her request 🙂

    • Crissy

      Some floating shelves might help, for a little while anyway.

    • alissa

      We have a similar challenge. I bought a large under-bed storage Sterilite container. This keeps the creations safe but also out of view when not being played with.

    • CJ

      Same issue here, only some of his are too tall for regular shelves. I love that he takes pride in them, but I don’t have places for them all 🙂

    • Steph G

      Depending on the size of the creations, consider doing around the top of the room shelves. With them up higher, they will act as decor and not take up as much space since you aren’t accessing them on a daily basis. The downside would be a parent/guardian would need to help put them up/down safely. Also, find one with a lip or add a lip-on or you risk having them fall down if a kid shakes the wall while rough-housing.

  6. MisstionVista

    We purchased a small standing bookcase for those mega (expensive) projects. He is allowed to keep anything on the shelving unit that FITS. When there’s no more room, it has to be taken apart! PS–I keep the boxes from those projects (well put away) and I store the directions to each package in an accordion folder. We have several local stores that buy-back sets that are complete with instructions and box. One day I hope to get some of my $$ back! Good luck!

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  8. Brit

    A great idea for Legos…after they have been displayed, rotate them out with recently built ones. Take the creations they don’t want to build again and place it in a gallon or smaller sized Ziploc, labeled with age range or title of set. You can then donate them to a woman’s shelter (they always appreciate kid’s toys bc many had to leave non-essentials behind) or an organization that works with the courts for determining foster cases. Of course, CHKD, DAV, Goodwill will welcome them if they are packaged nicely. Having the creation built means showing the next child what it will look like and ensuring there are no missing pieces. Plus, your kids will feel proud of themselves for helping others❤️🧡💜💙

    • mccom13

      i LOVE your idea to donate lego sets to women’s shelters, CASA & other foster care organizations, etc!!

  9. Lauren

    These are cool ideas! Also, the best organizing tip I ever received: the less you own, the less you have to organize.

    • Angie

      ❤️ this tip! Time and experience has taught me the value of learning this lesson.

  10. smoresto

    Serious question. Is it normal for kids to be slobs? My 9 year old son and I are at a stalemate with his room. He refuses to straighten it, make his bed, or put his clean laundry away. Should I see how far he goes before he will clean it on his own? How do I motivate him to do it on his own? Or at least get him to do something? Should I just clean it and remove all his toys and give him an empty room. I used to keep his room immaculate I had him help me make his bed, and pick up his stuff. I want him to do it on his own now. It’s legos, little army men, mixed with clean laundry. I follow the mess in my house all day long. I’m tired.

    • MrsG

      A couple of things that we have tried that work (my son is almost 8 and I have a 3 year old girl)… we have a chore chart. They have to check off their tasks each day- one of them is to tidy up every single day before supper. If they don’t, they lose privileges (tv, dessert, allowance, etc). If I am free I will help them tidy, but I also expect them to pitch in when I need help with things. Also, having a “toy jail” works. They don’t have to pick it up but if they choose not to it goes to jail. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I hope this helps. Consistency is key!

  11. DL

    My 9 and 7 year old boys share a room and couldn’t care less if it was clean. Straightening it is part of their daily tasks and they do the absolute bare minimum. Once every couple months I go in there with them and make them deep clean it. Just wanted to share you aren’t alone.

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