An ADHD-friendly little girl’s room



Girl 1’s room used to be a complete disaster most of the time.

We would send her into her room to get her pajamas on and put her clothes away.

She’d come back, twenty minutes later, vaguely disoriented and still in her clothes.

She would have trouble finding her pajamas in all the mess and then forget what she went in there for.

If she did find and put on her pajamas, she would leave her clothes on the floor or, at best, piled on top of the dresser in her closet.

(At age 5, Girl 1 hasn’t been diagnosed with ADHD, and she may never be.  But she displays many of the symptoms, so ADHD-geared solutions are really helpful for her.)

I really wish I had taken a more representative “before” picture.  It was 3 times worse on a regular basis.

G1 room before G1 roomAFTER

Our pitfalls were

1. Too many clothes that she didn’t wear, mixed in with the few pieces she did wear,

2. Dress-up clothes perpetually out of the bin and on the floor, mixing in with her regular clothes,

3. An antique dresser with drawers that were hard to open and shut, and

4. A closet bar too high for her to reach.

Inspired by Organizing Solutions for People With ADHD, we revamped the closet, culled through the clothes (storing some of it in bins in another closet), and moved the dress-up clothes to little sister’s room.





1. Shoe bin 2. Clothing bins (one for shirts, one for pants, etc.) 3. Bin for church shoes and dance wear 4. Toys with lots of pieces, to be played with one at a time 5. Bin of clothes to be taken out when the weather changes 6. Hanging rack at Girl 1's height

1. Shoe bin
2. Clothing bins (one for shirts, one for pants, etc.)
3. Bin for church shoes and dance wear
4. Multi-piece toys & games, to be played with one at a time
5. Bin of clothes to be taken out when the weather changes
6. Hanging rack at Girl 1’s height

We (and by we I mean Pat) installed a Rubbermaid custom closet organizer.  It’s nifty because you buy a certain size range (4′-8′ in our case) and you can adjust it to fit any sized closet within the range.

It is a huge thing for Girl 1 to be able to hang up her own dresses.  She really takes pride in it.  (Thank you, Montessori school, for teaching her to hang things on a clothes hanger!)  She even insists on hanging up her nightgown.

Also key are these Sterilite stacking, open-front bins.  (3 for 5 bucks at Walmart.)  So-ho-ho much better than sticky dresser drawers.  She can see where everything goes and doesn’t have to go through the additional steps of opening and closing drawers.

She was so proud of her “new” closet and eager to put her clothes away.  The newness has worn off a bit now, but she’s still able and generally willing to put her things away with a gentle reminder (or two).  She is far from being a neat freak but she can appreciate the niceness of having her room tidy.

We keep the toys and books in the living room and the basement, so Girl 1’s room stays serene and (mostly) clutter free.

Now to figure out little sister’s room . . . .




I’ll link up tomorrow, for the first time, with We Are That Family for Works For Me Wednesday.


12 thoughts on “An ADHD-friendly little girl’s room

  1. I love Before and After closet pictures. our boys’ closets are a wreck and a closet system is probably what they need but they’ve always intimidated me. nice job – it looks really great!

    • Jill, I vaguely remember you writing a blog post years ago about organizing one of your kids’ closets. (Man, now I feel like a creeper.) I think you put a framed picture in it? I think that’s been in the back of my mind, because I never would have thought to hang pictures in a closet on my own!

  2. What a great post. We have a lot of the same problems over here. I don’t think my kids have ADHD, but we do have dressars with drawers that are too hard to close, closets with too high bars, too many clothes and dress up clothes mixed in. I love your solutions and how they are working for you. That is something I really need to work on, figuring out how to make things more accessible to make organization easier.

  3. I have to say, “Shelves in the closet. Happy thought indeed.” 🙂 Looks great! Evie’s room is a disaster zone right now and I’m trying to figure our how best to organize it. Sometimes I want to buy a big bin and just shove everything inside!

  4. I love this! We did something similar in our office closet, and I *finally* found a way to use a desk without it looking like a disaster all the time. Whether it’s ADD or a scatterbrained, type B personality, or whatever, it *is* possible to find a way to stay organized!

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