DIY Closet Organization and Outfit Look Book

I have talked to SO many friends who have struggles with their kids and getting them dressed.  I know for some moms and kiddos it can be a super stressful, daily battle. While I’ve been fortunate enough to have two pretty easy-going kids in that department, talking to them about their struggles made me wonder what might be able to be done to help with that daily battle. Helping strong willed kids that want to assert their independence by choosing what they wear each day can be done I think, with a few parameters that you can be in control of. 

kids look book tips for helping picky kids get dressed

Enter the look book for kids. Sometimes…or maybe even better most of the time…the things that kids want to wear are things that look crazy, or aren’t appropriate for the weather or occasion, and let’s face it, at three or four or whatever their age, they usually need some guidance. If they are using getting dressed as a method of getting to control a situation or act like they are big kids, here is my idea. 

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I took a few hours one afternoon and put this “look book” together for Ash.  I pulled clothes out of her closet and put together outfits (including shoes and accessories) and took pictures of them.

I printed each outfit image out with a list of what to wear together so she could clearly see and read what to put together.  Then I put them in clear page protectors and put them all together in a binder for her.  It was awesome!  She was so excited and couldn’t wait to put it to use. 

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It was like she had a closet full of new clothes with cute outfits to choose from. We tried it for a week to see how it would work and each morning she excitedly picked out her outfit on her own.  It allowed her to assert her independence and pick what she wanted, the trick is that you provide the choices. 😉  

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The nice part about the three ring binder is that I can easily change what’s in the look book if I know it’s going to be cold for awhile, I can remove the outfits with shorts and sundresses so that those aren’t an option, etc. 

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As we’re all in organization mode and getting things put together for the new year, wouldn’t this be awesome to do with our own closets?  I would most likely wear many more of the clothes I own and change up my outfits much more often if I didn’t have to think about it and could just grab an idea “off the shelf’ so-to-speak. 

I hope for those of you that have some battles brewing at home with stubborn littles that this idea will help! I know it takes an initial investment of time, but I think the payoff will be worth it! And if it’s too much trouble to print it out…use you phone and make a digital album that they can look through, that would be even easier and less time consuming!

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Happy organizing!



Creative Director at Pink Peppermint Design
Tammy Mitchell is the founder and creative director of lifestyle blog Along with being a homeschooling mom of two kiddos, she is also an in-demand prop and event stylist, photographer, interior and graphic designer. On Pink Peppermint Design, she shares creative DIY projects, easy entertaining and gift ideas, inspiring interiors and events. She lives in Southern California, with her husband and two children.

kids look book tips for helping picky kids get dressed

18 thoughts on “DIY Closet Organization and Outfit Look Book”

  1. This is a great idea and something I know my daughter would love to help with. We usually get her outfits together on a Sunday and place them in a spare drawer to her dresser so it’s an automatic grab and go deal, but this seems like it’s a lot more fun!

    Kate |

  2. What a great idea! My teenager needs this seriously, she steals my outfits because she struggles with her own.Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday! Pinned to my kids to Teens board! Have a great week!

    • lol! That’s the worst Kim! When you’re looking for something and it’s dirty and in the laundry because someone “borrowed” it! 😉 I hope this helps! 😉


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