A few days ago I shared how I found a solution to keep my kids’ toys organized. So today I thought I’d share their closet and how I managed to fit both of their clothes in it, since they share a room.
My kid’s have been sharing a bedroom ever since my son turned one, so that’s about six months. And even though my daughter, Alina had the room all to herself before I moved my son in it, I’ve always been using her closet for both of their clothes. After recently moving into a new apartment, the current closet is even smaller than we’ve had previously. And since I love to organize and make everything tidy (even if it’s just for a minute!), I was hopeful to find a solution.
First and foremost, I reaaally wantd to put the clunky dresser into the closet itself, somehow. And luckily it fit perfectly! If the closet was any smaller or the dresser any bigger, it wouldn’t fit and I’d probably sell it and buy something that WOULD fit. Having my kids’ bedroom on the smaller side, I wanted to have as little furniture as I possibly could. So I was happy I was able to put it inside closet.
The dresser (got at Sears long ago) has 4 drawers and that seems to work for them, for now at least. I have my daughters’ clothes in the top drawer, because she is tall enough to open it herself and take out whatever she needs. My sons’ clothes are in the second drawer from the top. I usually keep whatever can be folded in their drawers, like t-shirts, pants, sweaters, socks and underwear. Whatever I prefer to hang I have enough space for both of them above the dresser. I usually like to hang their church clothes on hangers to keep them from wrinkling as much as I can.
In the third drawer from the top I keep their fitted sheets, pillow cases and extra warm blankets, as well as, muslin blankets for summer. Lastly, in the very bottom drawer I keep all of their gifted clothes and clothes that I bought that are still too large to wear.
To the side of the hangers I have a SKUBB organizer with six compartments and some bins that I found on Amazon. I love that the compartments I don’t need I can just fold up and use the 3 compartments that I have room for above the dresser. In the bins I keep various things. In one I keep a Ziploc bag with all the tiny things I find that I don’t want my youngest, Viktor to get a hold of. This bag contains small toy parts like Barbie shoes, dollhouse accessories (we have the dollhouse itself in the storage) and other random small toys. In another bin I keep Alina’s alphabet cards and puzzles that I take out if she asks for them and then keep them there so they don’t lose any pieces. I also use one for coloring books and activity books that Alina uses from time to time.
On the shelf above the hangers, I keep two large storage containers, one for each kid, to put away their outgrown clothes. I usually put away all sorts of clothing, bibs, as well as their shoes, which I just put in a large Ziploc bag and into the container. Once the container gets full we bring it over to our storage facility. I just make sure to label the container clearly to find the right container easily if I need it again.
In general, I like to keep their clothes and not give away just yet. But I definitely don’t have the room for clutter in an apartment, so putting things I don’t regularly use into storage works for us. But if you’re planning to get rid of your kids’ outgrown clothes, toys, accessories, here’s some great places that will give you something in return!
- Swap.com– It’s an online consignment store where you can either buy or sell. If you want to send in some clothes, don’t worry, it’s super easy.
1. Just print out their provided prepaid shipping label or request an Inbound Box and send them the items you’d like to sell.
2. They’ll let you know which items were accepted, then you’ll price and list them.
3. Once your item sells, they’ll send you an email and you’ll earn money for your items.
I’ve sent in a box (size according to their requirements) with all sorts of clothing, new and old, with and without tags. The nicer the clothing the more money you’ll earn. You can send in not only clothes however, but also baby accessories, decor, equipment, your maternity clothes, ANYTHING! I’ve gotten about 60$ from a box I’ve sent in.
- Similarly, there’s ThreadUp if you want to give it a try.
- Savers, Goodwill- you’ll get some % off coupons to use towards anything in their stores.
- Lots for Tots- bring in anything from clothes to toys and strollers, anything baby related. You’ll get a few bucks.
- Popular Mobile Apps- OfferUp, Letgo
- Sell on eBay, Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace.
I hope my closet and tips helped and inspired you!
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