If your child’s closet is anything like my daughter’s was, it could probably use a fall makeover. Fall is the perfect time to organize a closet with school back in and a change in the weather – time to put away the shorts and tank tops and get out cozy fall sweaters and jeans.
My daughter’s bedroom is not overly large and neither is her closet. I know she would love a large walk in closet but we have to work with what she’s got, which is a 1965 modest bedroom closet.
Her closet wouldn’t have gotten to the state it’s in if she were a bit more organized but unfortunately, although organizing is something I love to do, she does not appear to have the same affection for tidying. So, her closet has been in a bit of a messy state with an array of clothes and toys, collections and keepsakes…and more clothes. It has been in desperate need of an organizing overhaul.
Her closet looked like this before:
Some of her clothes were hung up, some stuffed in drawers, some in bags and some just randomly thrown in. While she does have a few shelves built in they were cluttered with various toys and books and her lovely (and large) owl figurine collection which had nowhere to go but on the top shelf of her closet, so there they sat.
After following the five steps below and grabbing a few new organizing accessories, we completed the task at hand. The after photo looks so much better with less clutter (we can see the floor again) and more useable storage:
She had some existing fabric baskets that were filled with anything and everything. We organized those and labelled each basket so she can easily find things AND put them back in the right spot.
And her new wall shelf will display some of her prized owl figurines while the rest sit safely in a box.
We are so happy with her prettier and much tidier closet.
Here are the five steps we took to get to the much improved after:
- MAKE PILES We emptied her closet completely which is really the best way to organize anything. It allows you to really start fresh and go through everything. Then we created piles of items categorized into clothing that she wears regularly (to keep), clothing that doesn’t fit (items that are too small will be donated and items that are too large will be stored in a basket) and clothing that is damaged or worn out (that will be disposed of.) Other categories included jewelry and accessories, toys, books, art and craft items, keepsakes and figurines and other.
- MAKE DECISIONS Together, we went through all of her items which was time consuming but well worth it. After deciding what items to keep we were able to find some clothing, toys, books, and figurines that she was willing to donate. It is always a good feeling to purge!
- PUT THINGS IN THEIR PROPER PLACES With all of that ‘stuff’ in her closet we were bound to find things that didn’t belong in her closet, and there were lots. The next step was to put everything that didn’t belong in her closet, like some of her larger toys, jewelry, and art and craft supplies, away where they belong.
- ADD HELPFUL ACCESSORIES Sometimes when you’re organizing a space it is necessary to add a few things that can help keep things organized in the future. In our case I purchased an inexpensive hanging fabric storage shelf for some of her clothing as well as some canvas and decorative boxes for extra clothing, etc. The other thing we needed was a wall shelf to house some of her large owl figurine collection.
- PUT THINGS BACK TOGETHER The most fun part of any organizing project is putting things back together and seeing the finished product. Start at the top of the closet and work your way down. We hung clothing back up on the same type of hangers with similar colours so it will be easier to pick out an outfit. And Even though it’s just a closet, I think even my daughter was pretty impressed with how much better it looked and how much easier it will be for her to keep it looking tidy.
So, go spend some quality time with your kids and get organizing those closets – happy organizing!