Family: Marriage & Parenting

4 Organization Tips for Kids’ Closets

We all know just how chaotic our children’s room can be. There are toys everywhere, and there’s always a spill of one thing or another. Even after you’ve tidied up, it never seems to stay neat and orderly for too long. However, with a bit of planning, we make it all the more straightforward to keep it in tip-top condition.

If all the room is neatly organized, it’ll be much more difficult for a child or anyone else to turn the room upside down. While we work hard to keep the room clean, what about the closet? Below, I run through a few organization tips for your child’s closet space.

What Are They Wearing?

Your child will likely have a lot of clothes, shoes, and so on, but when you really think about it, how many of these pieces do they wear on any given week? In all likelihood, there will be a third that’s worn in summer, a third that’s worn in winter, and a third that’s worn in the in between periods. You’ll find it much easier to organize the closet if you’re not trying to cram all their clothes into their closet, but rather just the clothes they’ll realistically wear in the coming months. For the rest, put them in a box and store them away until they’re needed.

Making the Space

Of course, this is all good and well if you already have a fair amount of closet space. But what if you don’t? What if you haven’t upgraded their wardrobe since they were babies, when their clothes were much smaller? Now’s the time to get a little smart, and create more space in the bedroom. One smart action is to convert a bookcase into a closet system. It’s easier than it sounds, yet will give the room some much-needed storage. To make space elsewhere, take a look around the room, and if anything doesn’t need to be there, then get rid of it. It’s always a good idea to have a clear out every now and again.

Smart Organization

There’s a correct way to organize clothes. First and foremost, it should be ordered by category. This has benefits that exceed making it easier to find, say, a t-shirt when it comes to getting dressed. If everyone belongs in its right place, then you and your child will be much more likely to keep things tidy. It’s oddly satisfying to be in a room where everything is sitting exactly where it belongs.

Can They Reach?

Keep in mind that you’ll need to ensure that your child can reach their clothes. It’s all good and well creating a system for the clothes based on what you can reach, but this isn’t your room — it’s theirs. If needed, take a look at adding a little stool so they can reach the top shelves — they’ll be more inclined to put things back if it’s easier for them to do so.

And there we have it. Get organizing now, and you can achieve the unthinkable: a clean and tidy children’s bedroom!

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Holistic Health & Wellness

Spring into Detoxing Your Home Cleaning Routine

As soon as the birds start chirping – I just heard them this morning! – I start itching to clean, open windows, breath fresh air, and de-stash and de-clutter.

Now that we have a wild, on-the-move, one-year-old son in our house, I am so so worried and careful about the products I use to clean my home. I don’t want to put chemicals into the air and onto the surfaces in my house that could potentially be harmful to my family.

If you’re like me and you want to clean up your home cleaning routine and make it more natural and safe for your family, keep reading! (And if you want to add healthy baby care products to your list, I’ve got you covered on those, too!)

Make Your Own Cleaners If You Can

For some products and cleaning solutions, making your own versions at-home may be your best option. If you make your own, you know and control exactly what is going into it. Plus it is more cost effective, because you are controlling it and making it in bulk.

Some examples of products that you can make at home include: laundry detergent, glass cleaner, and countertop/multipurpose spray.

To make countertop/multipurpose spray: mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray on surfaces and wipe down with a reusable sponge or microfiber cloth. Tip: Add a little lemon juice if the smell is too vinegar-y for you.

Use Simple Cleaning Hacks Instead of Expensive Cleaners

To remove permanent marker or scuff marks on floors and countertops, wipe with white vinegar, let sit for a minute, and then use a cotton ball to polish and remove marks.

To clean glass stove tops, sprinkle liberally with baking soda and use a damp sponge to scrub clean.

Buy Products That Are Safe for Your Family – Do Your Research!

Avoid these dangerous and toxic chemicals in your cleaning products: phthalates (often found in the fragrance of products); ammonia (found in a lot of multipurpose/glass cleaners); bleach, and parabens.

You can find many better, more-natural options at stores than you could even 5 years ago. When companies first started releasing ‘natural’ products, they often didn’t work very well, which turned people off of them. Now, though, there are so many safe, natural products for your family, they work well, and they’re becoming more and more affordable.

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Some of my favorite brands include: Babyganics, Mrs. Meyer’s, Seventh Generation, Burt’s Bees, and Method. But still read labels, because while most of their products are safe, some still have some questionable ingredients. You can check the EWG’s guide to see ratings of your favorite natural products and then use your judgement to make a call.

Clean with the Windows Open as Often as You Can

No matter what cleaning products you’re using, open the windows if you can! That’s what great about spring – the weather starts warming up and you can let fresh air into the house. Letting the air circulate while you clean helps keep cleaners (even the most all-natural ones) from settling on your skin and in your throat (and your kids’ skin and throats!).

Change Your Routine – One Product at a Time

Switching your cleaning products to all-natural ones can be a time-consuming process. And we all know when you’ve got a family, time is a hot commodity. To make it easier, make a plan to switch out products on some sort of consistent schedule. You could switch out one product a month, or you could make a plan to switch out each product as you empty the bottle of the other one that you were using. You don’t have to do it all at once – every small change makes a big difference. I still have products that I am researching and trying out or that I haven’t switched out, just because I haven’t had the time or I haven’t been able to find something that I like and that works.

Use this Spring Cleaning Product Checklist to track your cleaning products and your changes – add it to your planner/bullet journal/whatever tracker-keeping method you use!

Use these tips to get started on your spring cleaning detox journey – and make sure to follow my blog to get more tips and tricks to make your home a happy, healthy place for you and your family!

CHIME IN: What are some ways you’ve detoxed your home cleaning routine? Share in the comments below!

This post is part of the Spring Into Healthy Living blog series. Check the other posts:


Lisa Bonny is a 30 year old, Midwestern wife and mama to one-year-old, Camden. She blogs about parenting, baby and toddler life, mom life, and family friendly recipes over at Biscuits and Grading. Aside from blogging, she loves going for walks, drinking all the coffee, organizing eveything, and reading every book she can get her hands on!