It’s hard to believe it was almost than 5 years ago that we shared the details about making over the nursery closet. We found that making some very simple changes and implementing some unique closet organization ideas made SUCH a difference!
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Here’s a breakdown on what we did:
- Paint everything white! (WHY would you paint a closet a dark color?!)
- Rip the board on that shelf in half long-ways and install it a few feet below (no need for a suuuper deep shelf when you could have two more narrow shelves where stuff will be more accessible and won’t get lost in the back)
- Add cup hooks and little plastic crates (they naturally hang at an angle like that!)
- Add a rope light around the inside of the closet doorway ( love a evenly-glowing closet, rather than harsh lighting coming from a single source)
We got several comments from seasoned mommies that said something like ‘it’s lovely, but it won’t look like that for long!!’
And I didn’t expect it to!
But one thing I’ve learned (and I’m constantly preaching) is that it’s sooooo easy to keep things tidy WHEN THERE IS A PLACE FOR EVERYTHING! Here it is 5 years later:
Not bad eh?! The content is different (ie bigger clothes, no Bumbos or swaddling blankets), but the concept is the same! A place for everything! Those cheap plastic crates (hanging on cup hooks) have been the biggest game changer. (I got my crates at the Dollar Tree, but I found similar ones that are clear on Amazon as a set of 12 here). Having a spot for all the little things… socks, hair pretties, hats, swimming suits, etc! And the two laundry baskets? One for clothes that are ‘on deck’ (too big for now) and one for clothes they’ve recently outgrown or have gone out of season.
The girls love to pick out their clothes for the next day each night before we read our bedtime stories. I would even venture to say this is their favorite part of every day. I’m a plain-jane kind of mama, so I don’t know where they get this fashion-diva-dressup gene. But I love their independence… and that they can reach their clothes!
And these beautiful moments are only made possible by the rope-light I strung up around the inside of the closet doorway… which is connected wirelessly to a remote light switch that’s located right on the trim!
It makes for such a soft even glow, instead of a harsh light coming from one source. I’m actually glad there was no closet light, because it forced me to think outside of the box and come up with something better! (not to mention cheaper and easier)
As the girls became toddlers, one unexpected addition to their wardrobe is TUTUS. Tutus are everywhere my friends.
We’ve literally been storing them in a pile in the laundry room, and the girls just grab them as the tutu-mood strikes. But for a long time, I’ve been wanting to put up clothespins in their closet… because EVERYTHING NEEDS A PLACE! And this weekend I finally pulled the trigger. I don’t know what took me so long, because this took all of 5 minutes to accomplish.
All I did was put a thin strip of Scotch hefty adhesive on the backside of each clothespin, peel the backing off, and press it onto the wall in a vertical line.
These are actually surprisingly strong, and could be used for TONS of things… not just tutus! You could use something like this to display your tot’s artwork, or to hold hats or jewelry. Etc!
Now if only my whole house could be this organized! I guess we’ll take things one room (or closet) at a time.
Until then, the girls will be girlifying and accessorizing on a daily basis. All dressed up with nowhere to go!
Do you have any organizational ideas to add? Let’s chat in the comments below!
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