At the end of this be sure to click the link to a previous post about how I like to make sure we have just the right amount of clothing for our needs and space limitations.
But first, I have updated pictures of the little boy’s closet. This closet houses 2 boys and the third boy has the 2nd closet in the room. It’s a big room even for 3 boys.
Whenever I am organizing clothes, I think about what the needs of that specific person is. Some will need lots of shoe space, others are more into ball caps, or t-shirts.
Here are the 3 things that I was hoping for:
1. Low hanging bars that the boys could reach that could be moved up as they grew.
2. Basket storage for their non-hanging clothes. We have no dressers since our previous house was so small. I purchased twin beds with drawers in the bottom. This worked great in the tiny house. Now that we have more options, the boys found the drawers annoying since their blankets are always in the way.
3. High shelves for storing off-season or next size up clothing and bed linens.
Here’s a reminder of the before picture: (Ok, this is their sister’s before closet, but they looked the same. It was even her stuff in their closet…long story.) They are twin closets that share a back wall.
We demolished the old closet and painted everything a bright white including the ceiling–which was a huge improvement since the room has no natural light. (I used Behr ultra-pure white in egg-shell.)
Then Darren installed a Rubbermaid closet system that is moveable for when the boys get older. The baskets are from dollar tree.
We sorted through their clothes and got rid of what didn’t fit or they wouldn’t wear. And then labeled their bins and moved it in. There’s a little stool until Dub’s side since his jeans are still a little high for him.
A little later I ordered the robot rug from rugsusa.com (on their 75% off black Friday sale.) And grabbed the huge mirror at Old Time Pottery. It was $40 instead of $60 because of the gold on the frame. The gold isn’t my favorite but I figured $20 would buy a lot of spray paint.
We will hang the mirror eventually.
I would love some motivational artwork for the walls and some peel and stick tiles that look like wood since the rug doesn’t cover all the original floor tiles (which are industrial looking and crumbling.)
They have a monkey hamper (from Target) in the corner by the door. When Grant changes his clothes we hand the dirty ones to him and tell him to “Go Feed the Monkey.” He LOVES this! And always gives himself a wild round of applause.
Here’s a closeup of the chalkboard labels. They are cut from chalkboard contact paper stuck to cereal boxes for strength. Then stuck onto the baskets with scotch tape folded over on itself. (All about cheap here, lol.)
We drew pictures on Brandon’s because he doesn’t read quite yet. It was very upsetting to him because then the whole world would know where his underpants go, lol. As if the whole world was going to be in his closet, and actually cared, or couldn’t read the word “underwear.”
You’ll notice I’m not particular about how neatly the socks go in the basket. I could do them neatly myself but as long as the 5 year old can keep the socks in the basket and not on the floor, that’s a High 5 for him. This closet was all about something the boys could maintain themselves.
Up high is a tub for Warren to grow into and one for Brandon. In the middle is a tiny suitcase for overnights.
This post shaped up to be a lot longer than I first expected. (I snuck up to the sick room to snap some more pictures and didn’t dare move anything for fear of waking them–so it’s pretty real and not perfect. You’re ok with that, right?)
And here’s the promised link to how to know how many and what kinds of clothes you need: