Every week, I’ve been trying to tackle and organize one storage space in our house and this week, it was all about Polly’s closet. None of our girls have a dresser in their rooms so we store all of their clothes, shoes, seasonal gear and extra sheets in their closet. Polly is 3 and growing and changing so fast that I really felt the need to get a few simple systems in place for her (and me) to get her closet organized once and for all!
This is what we started with:
Not bad, but there was room for improvement. With little kids (Polly is 3), everything is LITTLE so it’s easy to just put it on a shelf and then it gets messy fast. I wanted to:
- Add baskets inside the cubbies (in lieu of drawers) to designate different folded clothing categories and keep them neat.
- Add some sort of shoe/sock storage (since finding the matching shoe is always a problem in this closet!)
- Implement a “grown out of” spot so we can immediately take the item of clothing out of rotation and donate it when there’s a good size collection.
- Get all matching hangers
- Have easy access to clean sheets (just in case I need to change them in the middle of the night)
- Include a small step stool to encourage independence.
- Install some hooks to hold her bags.
I find it so helpful before starting any organization project–or any project for that matter–to make a list like this. Write down what the pain points and goals are. It helps me to focus on my needs and keeps me from over-buying…which for me is incredibly easy when it comes to organizing! ;)
Walmart kids’ line and home line has a lot of incredible decor and organizational pieces at great, budget-friendly prices. I saved some other favorite picks here. I wanted things that looked good, and could grow with her too. I mixed a few different baskets to designate different tasks (including an adorable kitty basket that makes Polly very excited), and repurposed an incredible toy storage for her shoes!
Before putting any of this in her closet, I went through and donated a lot of clothes that she grew out of. Some of the things all three of our daughters had worn! I kept a couple keepsakes and the rest felt good to clear out. Here’s how it all looked in the closet!
The matching hangers alone make me so happy! And I love that these are slim and hold her shirts in place. Her tops and dresses remained on hangers and we now have a designated basket for bathing suits, denim, soft pants, pajamas and underwear. Above her dresses, I put two smaller sea grass baskets for clothes that she’s outgrown and extras.
The toy storage turned shoe/sock storage has been working out SO WELL and she enjoys matching her shoes and it seems like we can always find them, too. The two seagrass baskets in the middle house sheets/extra bedding and that lidded hamper at the bottom is so stylish, I want one for our bathroom!
Organizing doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive at all, in fact, this took me about an hour tops. If you can get even just a few cute baskets to contain loose clutter, you’ll feel so much better every time you open those doors. At least I do.
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