Our kid’s closets are nothing spectacular. There’s never really been any kind of organization system – just 2 bars for clothes. A few months ago, I decided to label items so the girls could start putting their things away and learn some responsibility. Mama needs laundry help. For real.
That’s been nice and has actually worked pretty well for us.
Still, there’s a lot of wasted space that could be more effectively used to store our crap.
If you spend any amount of time on Pinterest, you’ll see there’s no shortage of closet organization ideas. Lots and lots and lots. You could get lost in the possibilities. One problem – time and money. Yep.
Labor day was spent oh so wisely in this house – we took advantage of the day at home and purged kids clothes. ALLL DAYYYY LONGGG.
You’d think a full day would be plenty of time. Nope. That night I found myself in worse shape than we started. There were piles of clothes everywhere and bins and bins and bins of clothes to be sorted and put away. I didn’t want to put clothes back into our closets the same way they had been before. It’s just not easy to put our clothes away and things get messy easily with our current non organized closet system of 2 bars.
Brian was leaving to go out of town on the day after Labor day for a business trip and I had the bright idea to get started while he was gone. This meant I didn’t have those two key items: time and money.
He left on Tuesday and by Friday I found myself surrounded by the same piles we had on Tuesday. Fantastic. I had made absolutely no progress and it was really getting to me – I felt like a big fat DIY organization diva failure. I cleared my calendar and spent as much time as possible at home on Friday figuring out what I could do cheap and fast.
Here is what I started with after the clothing purge.
The clothes left in the closet and all those on the floor had to be organized and put away.
I decided the best thing to start with is an empty closet. Out it all came. All of it.
Then I vacuumed because, hello, it was gross.
My quick and easy idea was to use these plastic crates. They are on sale at Walmart and Target now for about $3.50 each. They are easy to move and link together. They have pretty colors and they make nice custom shelves wherever I need them. Genius.
I added shelves at the bottom and the top. Previously Kayla had all her shoes in bins at the bottom, but the Dora the Explorer bins were getting too small for my big foot daughter (like mother, like daughter). These bins would be easier for her shoes to be contained.
I also added containers in the middle to create a shelf there too. The space was perfect for two on top of each other.
By the time I pulled everything down I had this massive hanger pile. I’m pretty sure we have every single type of hanger ever created. You people that have all one kind, ummm no. Oh, and if you have a color for every person in your house, just stop reading now. Please.
I decided it would be smart to give Kayla all one kind of hanger and try to keep it to dark colors – even though I ran out of darks at the end and had to add a few whites. No big deal – said the one without an ounce of OCD in her body.
Time to start putting it all together. I was soooo excited, y’all. We’ve never had closets like this – all organized and pretty and stuff!! lol
Can I be completely honest and tell you that I have walked into her room all week and just stared?? I’m dead serious. I can’t believe it. I’ve escorted my mom and sister and Chloe to see the beauty that is our closet. Yes. Oh, yes.
Today – get ready….I added LABELS!!!
This is my favorite addition – these bins were on clearance this week at Target for $2.48 each!!
Also, Target has this 8 pack of rings for less than $2.
Let’s just look at that pretty closet one more time, shall we?
People ask me all the time if I ever run out of makeovers in our house – surely I’ve done it all, right??
Just to let you see the FULL view of that pretty closet:
Real life, people.
Yep – that pretty family you see on social media that looks like they have it all together…
They have bedrooms that look like this on any normal day.
Plastic storage crates make great options for quick and easy DIY closet organization. You can find them at any store like Walmart or Target. Back to school time is best for getting a good deal and a great selection of colors. Rings and pretty cards make it fun and easy for small kids to help learn where the clothes should go when putting them away.
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