8 Clever Kids Closet Organization Tips to Tackle the Mess!

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girl's closet cluttered with boxes, shoes, clothes, etc.

It takes a village…

Both when raising a child and corralling their closet! Kids accumulate so many clothes, shoes, and accessories – and yes, it can get messy! If you’re trying to rearrange the space that stores all of those belongings and get all of their stuff organized, check out these 8 fun and easy DIY tips and ideas for kids’ room and closet organization.

1. Place some clothes dividers in the closet for all ages.

bright white closet with dividers and clothes hanging on blue hangers

Whether your newborn needs to divide up all the sizes of clothes you’ve been hoarding, your pre-teen needs every day of the week organizers, or you want to totally customize your own closet dividers, the possibilities are endless with this organizing hack!

Plus, if you’re attending a baby shower in the near future, you can never go wrong with adding these into your gift basket!

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2. A hanging DIY pegboard wall with hooks will stylishly clean up the clutter.

boy's closet organized using peg board wall

Photo from Slippers By Day

Pegboards are so versatile, but one place you might not have thought to ever hang them is your kid’s closet! Thanks to Slippers by Day, we can see just how functional it is for storing stuffed animals, hats and can even double as decor when painted!

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

white wire bookshelves hanging on door filled with childrens books

Some versatile wire shelves aren’t just for your pantry and spice rack. You can also take advantage of the vertical space on the inside of your closet doors and hang these shelves for all your children’s books. With various sizes in stock, you’ll have ample room for all your little one’s favorite reads.

4. This hanging organizer can be used for more than just your kid’s 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 it’s perfect for storing diapers, wipes, tons of socks, undies, bathing suits, and so much more!

5. Toy storage and laundry baskets do go together.

blue storage bench with white laundry baskets inside

Photo from Being Brook

If your house ends up with kid stuff everywhere outside of their closet, give this hanging laundry basket idea from Picky Stitch a try. As an idea, your kids can walk around the house with a basket at the end of the day to pick up miscellaneous items and now they’ll have a designated spot to put them.

You could make your own storage as Picky Stitch did, using some mini laundry baskets, or you could opt for an already made, similar storage idea from IKEA.

6. A label maker can organize just about anything.

label bins in closet to organize kids toys

Photo from Boxwood Clippings

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. I’m a huge fan of this label maker, which can do it all and we’re always sharing the best deals on them!

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

floating shelf in nursery with books and decor

Photo from Project Nursery

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 as we mentioned above. Plus, they sit nearly flush against the wall so they take up very little room for even small spaces. We love what Project Nursery did with the place!

8. LOL 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 LOL doll piece is enough for anyone to want to get a handle on organizing all the tiny pieces! By using something like these stackable storage bins, you’ll have a much more streamlined approach to decluttering this 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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Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 5 years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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Comments 25

  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!

  7. animity

    With #5, what piece of furniture is actually holding the baskets? The blue part. I looked on the website but it doesn’t have an explanation. That may be exactly what I need for our front entry way.

    • animity

      I did see the IKEA stuff but I don’t know if that would be big enough….

    • Sara

      Hey, animity! That photo came from the blog Being Brook and she shared how she built that piece of furniture on this post. Hope this helps!

      • animity


  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. Casey

    Are those the target y-weave bins on #3? Love the look and want to do in my kids’ rooms!

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