Yesterday, it seemed like everywhere I looked in our house there was a big mess. A typical occurrence with two preschoolers running rampant, but exacerbated by the fact that we are still in the midst of settling in to our new home. But then I stepped into the girls closet and felt better. At least there was one space in the house that was organized!
I made it a point to get their closet organized first in hopes that if it started out organized, there was a chance it would stay that way! It helped that the closet offered plenty of space and several built-in shelves which eliminated the need for a dresser in their room.
Here are some closet design tricks I've incorporated into the girls' closet that have been working so far:
1. Work shelves into your closet - Having a few shelves in a closet can make a big difference. If you don't have any built-ins, a bookcase or a dresser with deep shelves would work just as well if you can squeeze one in. That's why closet organizers like those from California Closets make such a difference. A closet with a shelves and hangers offers the perfect mix.
2. Separate clothes by type and child (if a shared closet) - I gave Stella and Hazel their own shelf for their foldable clothes (pjs and pants) and their own bar to hang their shirts and dresses on. Hazel got the bottom shelf / bar so she could reach her own clothes easily. She gets to feel like a big girl by picking out her own clothes, but then half of her clothes typically end up on the floor - so there are definitely some pros and cons with making their clothes accessible!
3. Shoe organizers aren't just for shoes - I use a shoe organizer to contain all the girls' swimsuits, underwear, socks, etc. Shoe organizers are a great inexpensive addition to a closet and can hold a lot of stuff. This one has mesh pockets on the sides that I use to store the girls' headbands, sunglasses, and other little odds and ends. Each girl gets a different shelf here too to help them be able to grab their own clothes when getting dressed:
4. Make a bedtime routine basket - we give the girls a bath and then head to their room to get their pjs on and dry their hair. I have a little basket with their lotion, hair dryer, brush, etc. that I pull out of the closet for our bedtime routine.
5. Baskets are great for out-of-season clothes - I use a set of 5 big baskets on the upper shelves with all their fall / winter clothes. I figured now that we're down in San Antonio these will remain stored away for most of the year.
6. Labels are always helpful too - I added some fun Martha Stewart chalkboard labels to my bins:
7. Take advantage of closet 'dead space' - I used a blank wall to hang up the girls' barrette holder and some hooks for their jewelry. The barrette holder is actually a repurposed ribbon photo board:
8. Use the same hangers for an instant upgrade - if you don't do anything else in your closet, do this! Replace any wire hangers with nicer plastic ones. The girls have a mix of pink and white hangers. However using the same hanger throughout instantly makes your closet more organized.
Want to check out the other closets I've organized? Check out our kitchen pantry and playroom closet!
This post is sponsored by California Closets, a company I love! All content and opinions are that of my own.