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The Best Ways For Organizing Kids’ Clothes Drawers Like A Professional

As a professional organizer, I get asked easy ways for organizing kids clothes drawers. I am sharing my step-by-step process for organizing the clothes!

Since we moved back into our house after the kitchen renovation, I have been putting off organizing the kids’ clothes drawers. At the time, it was fall going on winter, so I didn’t want to take the time to get the clothes organized and then have to change out the clothes for the season.

Boy was that a mistake!

I guess I needed to take my own advice. Just organize the drawers, and worry about swapping out clothing later.

So I got to work organizing the kids’ clothes that were in their dresser drawers. Luckily, I already have a system for clothes that are too small! Because of that, this was not a major organization overhaul. It was more of a session spent refining my system.

The Best Ways For Organizing Kids’ Clothes Drawers Like A Professional

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Before Drawers Kids overflowing with clothing piled on top of dresser and in drawers

Empty Out Everything 

The first step in all my organizing projects is to empty out everything. I do this for a couple of reasons. First, it helps you visualize a clear space. Second, you can actually clean the space you will be working with. And third, if things aren’t working, it’s easier when they’re not in a specific places.

So all of the items from the drawers were cleared out. 

lining drawers kids bedroom with three drawers opened and empty

Line the Drawers

Then, I lined the drawers. I always try to line the drawers so that they stay clean. My favorite products are Duck Brand Easy Liners! They just help keep things clean, especially with old dressers like this one! I have a full tutorial on how I line and decorate using Easy Liners here.

Sorting Clothes Kids Organizing kids clothes drawers boys dresser

Store Clothes in Shoe Boxes

Once all the drawers are lined, it’s time to focus on storing the clothes.  I love using shoe boxes to store clothes.  Seriously!  I even wrote a post about how I decorate them to make them cute!!

I do this so I can store the clothes standing up. By standing up clothes, my kids can see what they have in their drawers so they can get themselves dressed independently.

I also use these plastic storage baskets if I am running low on shoe boxes. I feel the balance of the shoe boxes and the plastic storage baskets are perfect for kids.

Seasonal Clothes Drawer Storage in shoeboxes like konmai method

Teach Your Kids How to Use the System

Once all the clothes are put away, I spend a good amount of time teaching the kids how to use the system. This is a HUGE step in keeping kids organized!

I start by going through each drawer and showing the kids what they hold. Then I grab a load of laundry. While I’m folding the clothes, I ask the kids which drawer that particular item goes. For my three-year-old, this games lasts for about 2 minutes. Because of that, I try to do a shirt, pair of pants, underwear, and socks. Then she goes off and plays.

t-shirt drawer organization file folded in drawer to demonstrate organizing kids clothes drawers

My son, who is 4.5 years old, is starting to help put the clothes away. This is huge!! I think I got so lucky with him because he is an organized kid…. I guess it runs in the family! He likes to keep things tidy and doesn’t like to hold onto unnecessary things. If a shirt is too small, he puts it in the pile of clothes that are too small without me asking!

kids pant drawer organizing file folded pants in boxes and bins in drawer to keep things organized

Now, I know not every 4-year-old is like mine, but teaching them how to keep their clothes organized is a life skill that they need to know.  Regardless of how they keep up with the organizational system, if they can learn to treat their clothing with care, then I know I have taught them a valuable lesson!!

kids pj drawer organization in kids dresser drawers

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Open kid's drawer with organized sheets and pillow cases

Now after organizing the kids’ clothes drawers, I’m ready to swap out clothes for winter!! Does this craziness with clothing ever end?!?!


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8 thoughts on “The Best Ways For Organizing Kids’ Clothes Drawers Like A Professional”

  1. Rachel Linebaugh

    Use sticky backed contact paper for all drawers and cabinet bottoms. That way, nothing gets ripped, torn, or wasted. Save the wrapping paper for gifts, and holidays.

  2. what to do if you have a say 3 kids to a bedroom? do they each have their own dresser? or how many drawers in one dresser per kid? then it gets kind of squishy….

    1. The Organized Mama

      Great question! For clients with multiple kids in a room, we have given each kid their own drawer -or- we have done one large drawer for shorts, for example, divided into two sections with one side for one child and the other side for the other child. Either way works!

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