Simplify your morning routine with your children by utilizing a Weekly Outfit Organizer. No more outfit wars or worries about clothing being clean during the morning rush. Create your own Weekly Outfit Organizer for Kids in a few simple steps outlined below.
Guys, I have created a monster in Teagan. She is a 5 year old fashionista and definitely has about three times as many clothes as I do. Now, I will take responsibility for this mess because have you seen girls clothing? SO CUTE! Not only does she love clothes but this little fashionista wants to pick out her daily outfits which usually leads to morning outfit wars. Ugh! We have to find a new routine. The next picture you will see is really embarrassing for me to share. It is Teagan’s dresser. It is so full that the clothes will not even fit in the dresser drawers anymore. Now that we are on a spring cleaning kick it is time to clean out that dresser, donate things that she doesn’t wear anymore, organize her closet and come up with a new weekly outfit solution.
Every spring we like to spring clean every room, especially Jude and Teagan’s bedrooms. This includes the closets and dressers. Over a year it is so surprising how many articles of clothing get added to each closet or dresser, not to mention how quickly kids grow out of the clothing. Come spring I am always ready to go through those dressers and closets and make a trash pile and donate pile and hopefully bring some organization to the space. It can be kind of overwhelming to jump into this task but I am here to share some of my favorite tips for spring cleaning kids dressers and closets.
Tips For Spring Cleaning Kids Dressers
Take It All Out!
Yes, make a mess. Remove all articles of clothing from the dresser and closet. This allows you to see every item of clothing.
Donate Pile vs. Trash Pile.
Make three piles – Keep, Donate & Trash. Obviously the keep pile will be items you are wanting to keep. For donations and trash here are some things to think about. Most of your items will be able to be donated. We personally do not donate socks or underwear. Those end up in the trash pile. We also do not donate items that have holes or big stains.
Sure it might be 90 degrees today, but if you plan on traveling or the weather decides to go crazy, you will want some clothing items available for those weather changes. Before the next season you will more than likely have to replace most of the items but make sure you keep a few items for those unseasonable weather days.
Make a List.
Now that you have your keep pile all together, separate pile by types of clothing articles and decide if there are any items that you need to replace or add to your collection. Example – you will probably need more than one pair of shorts for summertime.
Bag it Up.
Put all donations in one bag or box and label for donation. Bag up the trash pile and remove it from the space you are working in. With less clutter you can focus on the next task.
Wash it All.
See that keep pile? Does it look wrinkle free and ready to wear? No, not all! After being stuffed in an overcrowded dresser or closet these keepers deserve a nice clean look.
Organize The Keepers.
Once the clothing is washed, organize the dresser and closet with the items that you have decided to keep for the next season.
Feels good to get that all done and organized right? Life is happier when it is cleaner and simple!
Now that Teagan’s dresser is under control I had to come up with a new solution for those morning outfit wars with her. I decided to make her a Weekly Outfit Organizer that would hang up on her closet door. The idea is to plan out every outfit for the week so that we do not have to deal with any craziness in the mornings. Parenting is rough, finding ways to simplify life with kids is always a bonus.
Make A DIY Weekly Outfit Organizer For Kids
Plastic over the door shoe organizer (make sure there are at least 6 compartments for clothing to fit into)
Washi Tape – your color of choice
1. After buying the plastic over the door shoe organizer, take it out of the package and hang it up for a few days. This will release any of the weird creases before you start adding stickers to it.
2. To personalize this organizer add your child’s name on the top of the organizer. I used colorful letter stickers. I knew adding this special touch would get Teagan even more excited for this new addition to her closet.
3. Plan out the compartments. Our shoe organizer has 6 rows. I started with Monday on top and worked my way down to the bottom and labeled the last row as “Weekend”.
4. Using letter stickers add the day of the week to each row.
5. Add Washi Tape or other stickers to the organizer for a more colorful look.
6. Using the over the door hangers secure the Weekly Outfit Organizer over the closet doors.
7. Pick one day a week to fill up the Weekly Outfit Organizer with your child. Have fun planning with your child as you look at each days weather and plans.
Cute right? And guess what? I literally made this DIY Weekly Outfit Organizer for Kids in less than 20 minutes! Teagan has loved sitting down with me after laundry day and picking out her outfits for the week. It has become a Sunday routine for us. Not only has it helped with the outfit wars in the morning but it has given her some independence when thinking about our weekly plans and looking at what the weather is for every particular day.
I have also found that once we started using the Weekly Outfit Organizer her dresser and closet stays a lot more organized and cleaned. I guess that could be from the bags of clothing we donated, but no matter what I think we are all feeling like this DIY project has made our morning routine a lot more simple!
So great! I want one for myself haha!
Melissa Chapman says
You made me realize I have not gone through my sons closet this season yet and he is growing so I know he won’t fit in his old warm weather clothes from last year. I love donating clothes it is so good to give and not throw away if you can. I like your idea to pick out the outfits in advance.
Amazing tips. I like the DIY for organizing things.
My daughter never needed help with her outfits, but my boys will. They start K5 next year, and I am ready for them to start dressing themselves a bit. This idea would be great for them.
Ali Rost says
What a fun idea! I’ve read so many times that successful people like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerburg wear the same thing nearly every day as it’s one less decision they have to make. Have you found it’s working? I’m the worst about thinking I’ll wear something one day and then completely change my mind depending on my mood. xx
Ann F. Snook-Moreau says
My mom always made me spring clean my closet as a kid. It worked out because we kept off-season clothes in storage totes to save space, so when it was time to swap clothes out we went through them. I would have loved this organizer back then or even now!
Terri Steffes says
I love your organizing tips. My daughter, who is 31 now, used to pick out her own clothes… starting at age 3!! She is a true fashionista, earning a PhD in fashion history and marketing. I find that to be incredibly funny!
Tomi C says
What a great idea! I can’t tell you how many times we’ve laid out school clothes only to wake up and find something missing. With 4 kids it was important to plan ahead for smooth mornings. So tips like this definitely come in handy
We are doing some Spring cleaning too! I love this weekly DIY outfit organizer for the kids and you have listed some great tips above. I emptied out the kids drawers they other day and made a big pile for the Salvation Army to pick up this week. My Jada loves to pick out her clothing and has a fit if I say not that outfit…lol
I have thought about doing something like this for my 5-year old. Getting dressed in the morning is sometimes so stressful for him.
GiGi Eats says
For kids?! I could use one of these for myself – and my husband could DEFINITELY use one too! LOL!
This is an excellent idea! My oldest daughter’s dresser drawers are always crammed full of clothes I know she’s not wearing. I make an effort to clean out items she has outgrown every other month. Her younger sister is six years behind her so we are saving all of our oldest daughter’s clothes as they stop fitting. Our mornings would be so much better without the struggle of getting dressed each morning before school!
Aileen Adalid says
This is so cool! My sister needs to learn this — in fact, this already helps me out too so thank you so much for sharing! You really shared a lot of helpful tips here!