Kids Dress Up Clothes Storage Ideas

by Taylor

I've gathered up quite a few kids dress up clothes storage ideas, several of which have been shared with me by readers, to keep all your children's costumes organized and ready for fun.


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The main problem that people (including me) tend to encounter when dealing with dress up clothes is keeping them looking nice, and all pieces of the costume together.

Before you choose a storage solution for your home, try to think about the following things which make a difference in what will work best for you:
  • Amount of space you've got both for the costumes and for the storage option;

  • Whether you want the costumes to be visible while not in use or not;

  • Types of costumes you've got - do they have lots of parts, many accessories, can they easily get crushed and wrinkled, etc.?;

  • Do you want your child to have easy access to the costumes, or only get them out with your permission and assistance?;

  • How much do you want to help your kids clean up from dress up afterward, such as are you willing to help them hang things back up on hangers, or place in bags, or do you want them to clean up completely on their own?

There are almost always pros and cons to whatever storage solution you choose for your child's dress up clothes, but hopefully the ideas below will get you inspired to create a fun space for your kids to get dressed up and let their imagination run wild.

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Dress Up Trunk: Classic Costume Storage Option

KidKraft dress up trunkKidKraft Toy Box (Click here to purchase on Amazon)

One of the classic options for storing and organizing kids' costumes is in a dress up trunk.

You really don't need a special piece of furniture for this option, but could use a toy box or even just a plastic storage bin. Some people even use a hamper.

There are some pros and cons to this storage method.

First, let's go with the pros. It's really easy for your kids to get the costumes out themselves, and to put them away.

While many of these methods below show costumes being hung up, realistically an adult (or someone older) has to help small children both get dress up clothes off the hangers, so they don't rip them, and then back onto the hangers when play is over. That can be a hassle.

Even very small children can pull things out of a box, and cram them back in.

Plus, you can put away a trunk or a bin, such as under the bed or in a closet when not in use, and you don't have to see the costumes all the time.

Now, for the cons. The big one actually relates to one of the pros, that kids can easily pull out and put away the costumes themselves.

We all know kids don't tend to fold or neatly place things into a box. They throw them in, and cram and shove. This can result in crumpled up and wrinkled costumes. This is especially a problem for costumes that have tutus or billowing skirts, or things of that nature.

In addition, often there are many parts to a costume, both clothing parts and accessories. What happens when you just throw everything in a bin or trunk? It all gets jumbled together and it can be hard to find all the parts to the costume.

Idea To Make Costume Trunks More Organization Friendly: Bags For Individual Costumes

If you've tried the trunk method and were fed up with it, an idea you can use to make it more organized is to bag each costume separately in a large plastic bag, such as in Ziplock BigBags or their equivalent.

As long as you actually put them back in the bag after each use, with all their accessories and parts, this is a good way to add a bit of organization to a costume trunk, and at least deal with the lost parts issue. It still doesn't necessarily solve the squashed and crushed costumes issue very well though.

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Capes Can Be Hung From Pegs On The Wall

by Sarah

This photo was provided by a reader, Sarah, and I think it is completely darling.

She said, this is "my newest creation for Katie's super hero dress ups."

As you can see she made a cute board with the theme of the costumes her little girl enjoys wearing, and then added hooks or pegs to actually hang the capes and costumes from.

If you've got enough wall space this is a great idea and makes it easy for kids to both grab the dress up item they want and put it back on their own, assuming the pegs are low enough to the ground for them to reach.

You can do something similar yourself by just mounting a coat rack with hooks to the wall.

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Hanging Garment Rack For Costumes & Coat Rack & Hooks For Accessories

by Sunny

A similar idea to the wall mounted coat rack is to use a free standing coat rack for accessories and items you don't want crushed, similar to what a reader, Sunny did.

If you use this method, just consider how tall your kids are versus how tall the hooks are on a coat rack when deciding whether you'll use a coat rack, and the fact that these free standing racks can be pulled down by enthusiastic kiddos!

Sunny also chose to hang many of her child's costumes so they wouldn't get crushed. I'll be showing you several methods for hanging costumes below.

Sunny says:

We're swimming in dress up clothes over here!!!

In my daughter's room we have a hanging garment rack where all her tutus live.

She also has a coat tree where she can hang random girly accessories.

In the downstairs toy storage area we have put command hooks all over the wall so she can hang everything from wings to backpacks to toy swords.

The toy room is a little busy but the door is always closed when it's not in use so it doesn't matter to me.

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DIY Dress Up Closet Using Shelving Unit Or Dresser

Hanging up costumes keeps them looking nice, but often there is not a lot of closet space for these costumes, or the area you'd like to keep them doesn't have a closet.

You can make your own dress up organizer using either a shelving unit or a dresser with the drawers removed, like the ladies who submitted these pictures did.

The picture above is from Natasha, who added a hanging bar to a bookshelf so that she could hang her little girl's costumes.

Many others have done something similar with old dressers. The picture below is from a reader, Mandy, who said, "I took an old dresser, removed the three broken drawers, and put in a tension bar. Bam, instant dress up closet."

DIY dress up closet using old dresser


Here's another one, using an old shelving unit, shared by a reader, Karen, who made a collage showing what the shelves looked like before, during and after her upcyling of it. She explained, "Old shelves, vinyl tablecloth, spray adhesive, dowel and duct tape!"

DIY dress up closet from old shelving unit

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Stand Alone Dress Up Organizer Centers

Above I showed you some DIY versions of a dress up wardrobe or closet, but not everyone likes to do things themselves. I understand that. While I'm always amazed what the readers of this site can do, I am actually not much of a DIYer personally.

There are quite a few premade and designed dress up centers available for purchase. These units have some things in common including that they are all stand alone products, meaning that you can place them wherever you want them as opposed to only working in a closet.

Further, they've all got storage both for the hanging costumes themselves, but also bins or drawers for the smaller accessories, such as shoes, crowns, tiaras, and such.

These shown below are all available on Amazon.com.

Guidecraft dress up storage centerGuidecraft Dress Up Storage Center (Click here to purchase on Amazon)




dress up center play setaBaby See and Store Dress Up Center Play Set (Click here to purchase on Amazon)




KidKraft dress up organizerKidKraft Dress Up Unit (Click here to purchase on Amazon)




Guidecraft dress up carouselGuidecraft Dress Up Carousel (Click here to purchase on Amazon)

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Dress Up Storage Using Tension Rod For Hanging Clothes In Or Out Of Closet

Another idea for your kids' costume storage is to add a tension rod for hanging the clothes, either inside a closet, or somewhere else in the room.

The picture above is from a reader, Becky, who says, "We use a tension rod between her cubby organizer and closet wall."

Another reader, Rachel did something similar, as shown below.

DIY dress up storage


Rachel said, "Did this just last week. I used an old toy broom handle with ribbon wrapped around it."

Just remember with tension rods that they don't hold as much weight as a more secure closet rod, so if you've got very heavy costumes this may not work for you.

Additional Idea For Closet: Hanging Closet Organizer For Accessories

An additional idea for inside your closet, if you've got room for your dress up storage there, is to use a hanging closet or sweater organizer that you can place the accessories in, so they don't get crushed and stay close to the hanging parts of the costumes.

I love these organizers, because it's like adding more shelving to your closet!

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Kids Costume Shoes Organized Using Rain Gutters Mounted Onto The Wall

by Tiffany

If your child has a lot of costume shoes as part of their dress up collection, just having a bin or something to put them in might not be a good solution for you, because they'll all get mixed up and it may become hard to find their mate.

That's why I love this ingenious idea from a reader, Tiffany.

Tiffany says:

Thanks so much for sharing all these cool ideas! Someone somewhere suggested using vinyl rain gutters for book shelves.

I went to The Home Depot´╗┐ and managed to get a 10 foot section for $6 and they even cut it into five 2 foot pieces for me.

I am using three pieces above my daughters bed to hold her board books and the other two hold her toy dress up shoes.

I was using a bulky book shelf as well as a big ugly storage ottoman to hold all this stuff. Now I'm not using floor space, but wall space.

It's awesome because it looks great and helps considering our home is small.

Thanks again. I love how it's all turned out!

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I hope these dress up clothes storage and organization ideas have gotten you inspired to get your kids' costumes organized.

In addition, if this has gotten you motivated to get organized in general I would love for you to join the 52 Week Organized Home Challenge here on the site.

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closet rod doubler
by: Anna

You can buy bars that hang from the usual high one and create a second bar. Good for any younger kids clothes or to double your own space in your own closet.

in bins under the bed
by: Adriana

I fold them up and have them in a plastic bin that goes under each of their beds. When they play with them and are done they go back in the container.

garment bags
by: Kelly

After trying trunk, large Ziploc bags, ended up using garment bag. Held a ton of costumes on hangers and shoes and accessories in bottom.

If they're more organized I think my kids will play with them more
by: Jennifer

I've been wanting to do something. I've got them all in a bin now, but they don't get played with as much as I think they would if they were organized better. Love the bookshelf with the rod. I may try that!! Bins for jewelry and shoes...awesome!

Simple organization of dress up clothes
by: Anonymous

My 3 & 5 yr old daughters share a room and closet. A wide plastic 3 drawer system from the discount store fits perfectly on one end of their closet under their hanging clothes, with the drawers facing the center of the closet. All of there dress up dresses, capes, tiaras, hats, scarves, shoes etc. fit in 1 of the 3 drawers. It's a pretty simple system- larger stuff in the bottom, medium stuff in the middle and little stuff in the top. Easy peasy and they can put it away themselves.

remember why they have dressup clothes in the first place
by: Anonymous

Seems to me that worrying very much about whether the dress up clothes get crushed is forgetting what they are for - to enhance creative play, rather than to actually look like whatever it is they are portraying. Ditto with keeping all pieces of a costume together - this means opportunities for mix and matching, and creatively making something new out of what's in the trunk, are limited.

As a parent your part in this is keeping the stuff off the floor and more or less out of sight. How the kids play with the items is up to them. If it's really important to them to keep certain items together or in good condition, they'll come up with a solution themselves, or ask you for specific help.

Sorry, don't mean to get all preachy and off topic, but as a child care professional with training in child development, this article really struck a chord with me. Keep your eyes on the prize, remember why they have dressup clothes in the first place.

Tension rod between Armior and wall (about 2feet)
by: Momof2girls

The tension rod between Armior and wall works great 1) it's temporary, 2) makes use of unused space, 3) gets clothes out of the bin so girls can see what they have, access more often and maybe try to put stuff back. Our stuff didn't get used much when was in a bin under shelf. Anonymous does sound a little preachy -- no one here sounds like their main concern was preserving the dress up stuff -seems like we're trying to create imagination stations where kids can be independent, creative, and if they have pride because they put their stuff back that would just be icing on the cake ;)

U-Haul Wardrobe Box
by: Ann

U-Haul sells small and large very sturdy cardboard boxes with a rod for hanging clothing. It is perfect for storing costumes in the garage, and inexpensive.

Just let them play
by: Julie

I think all these pictures and ideas are super cute. Made me feel like a bad mother though for not wanting to hang up my child's clothes each time he switches costume. My 5 year old has been into superheroes since he was about 2 1/2 and can change his mind on a costume 3 to 5 times every hour. I have to help him in and out and I would be stressed out thinking about him pulling things off hangers or having to run in and hang them after him. After the first year of them being all over the house I just took a box and wrapped it in superhero paper and told him everything goes in it. Its worked great for us so far and I don't care about the wrinkles.

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