Organizing a Montessori Closet for 3-5 year olds

"This is the treasure we need today - helping the child become independent of us and make his way by himself, receiving in return his gifts of hope and light." - Dr Maria Montessori

When you are setting up your child's room it is so important to look at everything through your child's eyes. For the next few weeks I am going to take you on a tour around my house so you can get a glimpse into our everyday living.

This is my son Little B's closet, he is 4 years old. At first glance it would seem to most that he does not have many clothes, however now that he is at an age that he can do a lot for himself, it doesn't benefit him or I to have his clothes hanging, up high. We do not have any dressers out in his room, we have chosen to put the dressers inside his closet. (You could put a bar down lower for the child to reach if you like). however,We are renting and trying to live frugally so we have choose to put our money towards other things and make the closet the best we can, with what we have.   

I love labels for drawers. Labels help the child know what is inside by picture clues and by seeing the word written out. I found a few that I really liked at  montessori print shop and montessori for everyone.

You'll notice one of the bottom drawers does not have a label on it because I use that for extra baby blankets. 

All of Little B's shoes that he doesn't wear very often are placed in this box, in his closet. Next to them are his slippers. We keep a basket by the front door for the shoes that he wear's often. 

I rotate different puzzles on the top of his dressers for him to look at and play with. It is an area that he is just starting to get tall enough to reach, and we can now use this space.

Little B loves to cuddle with something soft around him in the morning when he first wakes up, and in the evening right after bath time. So I've hung his favorite blanket right at his level so that he can access it easily (this blanket has a hood, but you could also hang a robe or sweater). 

The few things that I hang up are his church/dress shirts and his sweatshirts. He also has a football jersey  that  he got for Christmas hanging. 

On his top shelf I keep a lot of the toys and manipulatives that I use for his learning fun. 

This is the other side of the shelf with other activities. (I usually try to make our own play doh), but Little B received a bunch for Christmas. I also have a basket of blankets and my baby books off to the side. If you haven't noticed I have somewhat of a blanket obsession. (smile) I love having soft blankets around. 

I hope this helps give you some ideas in how to set up a closet for a child.

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