Kid-Friendly Closets… As Easy As 1-2-3

May 03 00:00 2001 Print This Article

Parents beware the bite of the fashion bug! Most children begin to form opinions about their personal style between the ages of 2 and 3, says Dr. Marian Krauskopf, a family psychologist. "At that point, it's time to spend some quality time with your pint-sized style setter and begin to organize a kid-friendly closet."

In fact, Anne Garvey, fashion director at Healthtex, a children's playwear manufacturer, recommends creating a closet that works for the child and the parent. "Organizing the closet presents an opportunity for fun and togetherness, as well as some valuable learning," suggests Garvey.

Garvey recommends the following tips to parents on the quest for an organized, kid-friendly closet:

Box It:
Begin the process of creating a user-friendly closet by sorting the items of clothing your child no longer wears. Give those garments to a child or relative that can use them, or donate to charity. Pieces that appear gently worn should be boxed up and stored away from everyday playwear, or placed on a separate shelf in the closet for summer camp.

Color Coordinate:
Most children do not understand the concept of matching, so it's essential to hang coordinating looks together, in an effort to teach them. Additionally, when buying children's playwear, look for mix-and-match separates and clothing brands like Healthtex that provide head-to-toe looks, including socks and shoes, for easier shopping and easy dressing. This head-to-toe concept helps children build confidence as they begin to dress themselves.

Within Reach and Ready to Wear:
Continue creating your kid-friendly closet by hanging or placing clothing on rods/shelves that provide easy access for your child. Separate shirts, pants, etc. by category and by color; you may want to add shelves for items like shoes, hats and other accessories. T-shirts, socks and underwear are best assigned to a chest of drawers nearby.

Split the Seasons:
Separate seasonal apparel. For example, if you're preparing the closet for Fall and back-to-school, be sure to hang all cool weather garments together and vice versa, when you're preparing the closet for spring. This separation will help your child become familiar with the textures, weights and colors of the season.

Take 10:
Children can feel anxious about dressing in the morning. To reduce anxiety, take ten minutes with your child before bedtime to select the next day's outfit, and be sure to let them remain involved in the morning dressing process. Together, dressing for the day can be as easy as 1-2-3.

Source: NAPSI

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