Tips and tricks to make a teen’s or kid’s small closet organized and functional with these storage ideas specifically tailored for girls.
We kicked off the new year with a household full of sickness and a funeral… not exactly a stress-free way to start our January.
But one thing that always makes me feel better when I’m feeling glum is decluttering and organizing the little eyesores that accumulate around our house. Our 10 year-old girl’s bedroom closet was number one on the priority list to organize this year.
Check out that before situation that was literally falling apart. Within 48 hours, we had Olivia’s closet looking brand spankin’ new!
10 Closet Organizing Ideas for Girls
If you have a teen / pre-teen / little girl’s closet in your house needing some extra love, here are a few small closet ideas to make it super functional (and also pretty)!
A lot of these tips work well for kids’ closet organization in general too, but a few details make it especially perfect for girls. If you don’t have the luxury of a large walk-in closet, these ideas can help maximize a small space.
1. Use Double Rods
Instead of having one long rod as a clothing rack, stack an upper rod and lower rod to utilize all of the space in a small closet.
This is especially important in closets for kids since their clothes are usually smaller and require less hanging space.
2. Incorporate Shelves and a Drawer Stack
Many clothing storage solutions function better folded in drawers, especially to keep them in easy reach for kids.
Add shelving to stack items or even an old dresser as a vertical storage solution inside of a small closet. We used this closet system for ours.
3. Set Up a Vanity Station for Makeup and Jewelry
I LOVE this girls’ closet space solution for keeping makeup and jewelry on display with a mirror but still tucked out of the way behind closed doors in the bedroom.
It’s a great way to have a makeshift vanity if you don’t have the space for a full vanity in a bedroom.
4. Add Lighting
If you’re setting up a makeup area, it’s a good idea to have some lighting. But even without a makeup area, a little light goes a long way to keep everything visible.
As a temporary solution, I attached a battery puck light inside of this wall sconce using a couple of Command strips. We’ll probably hardware it later one, but the battery solution works well for now.
5. Label Drawers by Clothing Category
I’ve officially become best friends with my label maker. It’s so much easier to help kids stay organized by labeling their drawers according to clothing types.
For kids too young to read, you can even print stickers (or draw if you have the talent) with pictures of items so they can identify where items go. In the past, I’ve used picture labels for toy bin organization.
6. Utilize Shoe Shelving
Keep plenty of shelves open for storing shoes and boots in a vertical space. For flip flops and sandals, I usually keep a bin handy on a shelf.
7. Keep the Hamper Accessible
Have a hamper in reach on the floor or on a lower shelf so kids can easily toss in dirty clothes.
8. Store Accessories in Baskets
For smaller items like hats, scarves, purses, gloves and other small clothing and accessories, provide some baskets for easy storage. I love these cube shaped baskets because they waste no space, unlike round shaped ones.
9. Use Matching Hangers
It’s such a little detail, but having all matching hangers makes a closet look way less cluttered than closets with mismatched ones. For girls closets, make sure to leave a long section open for dresses to hang.
I love using these wooden hangers in reach in closets because they allow plenty of room between each item of clothing and prevent them from tangling together.
10. Waste No Space
Before ever starting a closet makeover, take measurements, make a list of your storage needs, sketch out a closet design plan, and do your best to utilize every inch of real estate you possibly can.
Utilize any extra wall space you might have with hooks too. Even hang a shoe rack on the back of a closet door if needed.
Honestly, I think I love Olivia’s closet even more than my own IKEA hack closet. Well, it’s a tie anyway. 😉
Girls’ Closet Makeover Sources
- Closet System
- Jewelry Organizer
- Makeup Organizer
- Cube Baskets
- Wooden Hangers
- Drawer Pulls
- Label Maker
- Wall Sconce
- Battery Puck Light
Have you been going decluttering and organizing crazy in the past few weeks? I think the donation center is going to know me on a first-name basis at the decluttering rate I’m going.
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