Smart, easy ways to tackle your child’s closet!
Contributed by Stacey Boyd, national parenting expert & founder of Savvy Source
Springtime usually means spring-cleaning. It’s time to get rid of the old to make room for the new! Here are four great tips to organizing your child’s closet this spring:
1. Did you know you can donate old clothes and get money for your child’s school? Schoola Stitch is a brand new program. Parents donate their child’s used clothing to a massive online consignment store. Stitch sends you a prepaid UPS bag and then you fill it up and send it back to them. Shoppers then get great deals on those brand names (think 80-90% off retail) and up to 40% of the proceeds goes right back to your child’s school. It’s a win-win-win. Learn more at www.schoolastitch.com.
2. Abide by these quick rules: If it’s ripped or stained, don’t bother—throw it out. If it’s in good shape, but too small, donate it or hand it down. Get two piles going and you can zip through the closet in 10 minutes. Added tip: If you live in the Phoenix metro area, you can hire a Task Rabbit for $10 to $20 to make that run to Goodwill for you. Learn more at www.taskrabbit.com/phoenix.
3. Organize your child’s closet in three simple steps:
- Divide the closet by season: This makes it super easy for kids to find an outfit each morning.
- Use bins! It’s hard for kids to fold clothes neatly. Instead, use bins and buckets where they can store their undergarments, socks, pajamas, accessories and shoes. Also, kids love labels. You’ll be amazed how much more ends up going where it belongs when you just put a tag or label on it. Having your kids pick out cute, fun labels with you can help with their participation.
- Divide and conquer: Simple do-it-yourself drawer dividers can multiply space for shorts and pants. Use a silverware drawer organizer for storing extra buttons, belts and other small clothing accessories.
4. Give them a junk drawer or bucket. There they can keep all their rocks, seashells stickers, vending machine prizes and more.