5 ways to tame the kid chaos in your Birmingham-area home


Being neat and organized throughout the school year makes a major difference. Photo via Closets by Design

Back to school means back to organization. To get your kid’s closet school-ready, here are some useful tips from Birmingham biz, Closets by Design

1. Sort and store school supplies in stackable containers

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Organizing school supplies will make the year run much smoother. Photo via Patience Itson for Bham Now

Because of COVID, learning from home became the new norm for many kids across the Greater Birmingham Area. Essentially, this makes your home the source of all school supplies that are needed throughout the year. 

Where in the world do you keep everything and how do you ensure it’s organized so your student has easy access to everything they need? 

The answer—plastic containers with lids.

When it comes to organization, these are my favorite thing. Here’s why:

  1. They’re stacks, which means they can be easily stored out of the way on a shelf inside your kiddo’s closet.
  2. They have lids so everything’s contained. 
  3. They are perfect for storing school essentials like pens, pencils, crayons and glue sticks. 

2. Install hooks for backpacks and jackets

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Hooks are an amazing space saver. Photo via Closets by Design

If there’s one thing kids are known for, it’s dropping their belongings in random locations around the house—especially their backpacks and jackets. 

At my house, the bottom of the stairs is a prime spot for the classic backpack and jacket ditch. 

Unfortunately, this can lead to it being misplaced causing an early-morning panic when heading out the door to school. 

The solution? Install hooks inside your kid’s closet. This way, hangable items are kept in one designated spot. 

Tip: make sure the hook you use is strong enough to hold the weight of your child’s belongings.

3. Install shelving

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Shelves are perfect for storing shoes inside your child’s closet. Photo via Closets by Design

A closet with strategically placed closet shelving is a major win for organization. Whether for school books, laptops and chargers or buckets full of clothes, shelves are a great way to keep things organized all school year.  

Want to get your kiddo’s closet organized for a smooth school year? Reach out to Closets by Design of Central Alabama today.

4. Create designated sections for school and weekend

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School smiles. Photo via Patience Itson for Bham Now

One way I like to organize clothes in my closet is by hanging them based on clothing type. The tank tops with the tank tops, the sweater with the sweats and so on. 

While this is useful for older kids, younger kids may need more help. So consider this—organize their closet into days of the week. 

Before that dreaded Monday morning comes, go ahead and plan your kiddos outfits for each day of the week, then place them in a labeled cubby, drawer or section of their closet. 

Not only will this make school mornings less stressful, but it’s a great way to help little ones learn their days of the week. 

5. Make a space for a clothes hamper

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Closets are perfect for storing hampers. Photo via Closets by Design

From little kid to big kid, the floor is often home to mountains of dirty clothes. To keep them out of sight, a hamper inside your kid’s closet will do wonders.

Small closet? Opt for a mesh hamper bag that can hang from a hook or coat hanger.

Ready to get that closet organized back-to-school ready? Call Closets by Design of Central Alabama today at 1.866.758.1967 or visit their website to begin. 

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