How I Organize Maxi’s Clothing Closet

It would be a natural assumption that I spend the most time organizing my closet. I’ve got accessories sandwiched between accessories and far too many dresses I save for “vacation moments” that never happen. But my little two-year-old lady takes the cake for the amount of time I spend organizing a closet. Maybe it’s the fact they grow out of things more quickly, or that we buy them holiday-themed dresses- but I find myself sitting down every two months or so for an entire afternoon to sort through it all. I save all of her clothing for our future children so I try my best to keep things in order.

I have a few pieces of clothing family and friends have either handed down to me or bought her on special trips and I get so nervous I’ll shove it in the back of an unorganized closet and that size will come and go and she’ll have never touched it! So today, I am sharing my closet organization system for Maxi that keeps things simple for our family.

Let’s start with her set-up. First, she has a dresser from The CEH {seen here and here} and that houses her folded items: pajamas, leggings, t-shirts, casual wear, swimsuits, bloomers, socks, etc. Her closet houses more of her “dressy” items, like her smocked clothing, MDO outfits, church dresses, and sweaters from Nordstrom or J.Crew.

I did a blog post here on where I shop for her clothing!

I am so glad I finally got a bow holder! I originally was storing them all in a basket and I never used half the bows I had for her because I couldn’t see them. The GLAMboxes motto rings true: if you don’t see it, you won’t use it. I purchased her bow holder off Etsy and hang it next to her closet for easy outfit accessorizing. We also use these clips to keep her hair out of her eyes.

Bow Holder

Small Bows

Clip Bows

I divided her closet into five sections: outerwear, upcoming occasions, current season, MDO, smocked clothing.

  1. Outerwear: This is where I store her vests and light jackets. Her heavier coats go in our coat closet, but I keep all her faux-fur vests and jackets in one spot.
  2. Upcoming Occasions: This section might seem a little different, but I keep a section for all of the vacations or moments or sizes I’m purchasing for. So if I’m sizing up, or ordering her a dress for my cousin’s rehearsal dinner in March, I place it all there in one spot. That way I keep an inventory of what I have purchased and don’t lose anything in the assortment of dresses. Right now, for upcoming occasions, I am storing coverups for our beach vacation, dresses for the weekend of my cousin’s wedding, and items for Easter!
  3. Current Season: This section is for the season or holidays we are currently in. So for Christmas, all her little Santa or Candy-Cane adorned tees went in this section. When I photographed this it was Valentine’s Day, hence all the pink! In the summer, I’ll store coverups and summer dresses in this section.
  4. MDO: I’m calling this section MDO, because it’s simple outfits she can throw on for playdates, or school time with friends! But basically this is kind of where her play clothes go and if Paul ever gets her dressed in the morning he knows he can grab from this section and it works no matter what we are doing!
  5. Smocked Clothing: I keep all of her smocked dresses in this section as this is what she typically wears to church or for special occasions.

You can order closet dividers on Etsy, but I just repurposed her headband bows we had used back when she was younger- I tied them on by looping and knotting the stretchy band part. You could easily do this with ribbon or whatever you have around the house!

I ended up moving her dress-up station in her room after we put away her Christmas Tree because she has been SO into shoes and purses lately. Go figure. 😉 She wants to take a purse everywhere and wear pink sparkly shoes to the supermarket. We needed something in this corner, so we put the station there and every single day she plays with it. It’s actually been helpful because while I clean up her bathroom after baths or get laundry put away in the morning, she just sits and plays with her purses and shoes.

Dress-Up Station

Dress-Up Shoes



To keep her purses sorted, I ordered these pearl hangers off Amazon and they are so precious! If you are having a little girl soon, you could easily use these to organize her closet as they don’t have too many hanging dresses in the beginning. I may actually use one of the pearl hangers to frame her baby dedication gown.

Pearl Hangers


I hope this breakdown of how I organize things for Maxi is helpful! Below I’ll share some items I have recently purchased for her for spring.

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  1. Dang, Maxi has more clothes than me! ❤️ I love how girly her style is. That bow holder is the best idea ever! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Published 28 Feb 19Reply
  2. Alex wrote:

    Such good ideas!! How and where do you store the clothes she outgrows?

    Published 28 Feb 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      I keep them folded in those large plastic containers you get at Target or Walmart. Then I store those in Paul’s office closet! Xx, Katey

      Published 28 Feb 19Reply
  3. Absolutely in love with how you organise your daughters closet. I just had my baby girl about a month ago and I am trying to figure this whole “mom” thing out. Love looking at what other mamas are doing and finding inspiration from it. Thank you for sharing!
    Thays Laubach | Lifestyle Blog

    Published 28 Feb 19Reply
  4. Maryann Smith wrote:

    Where is Maxi’s pink kitchen from?

    Published 18 Mar 19Reply
  5. Melinda wrote:

    Where did you get maxis checkered satchel and good quilted crossbody?

    Published 13 Apr 19Reply
    • Katey wrote:

      They were gifts from friends! 🙁 But the checkered satchel is from Kid Biz a boutique in Dallas! xx, Katey

      Published 15 Apr 19Reply