After I got the boy’s bed off the floor, I decided it was time to do something with his messy closet. He has a small walk-in closet. My goal was to not just organize the mess, but to turn the closet into a play nook of sorts. He doesn’t have a large room, so I wanted to be sure to maximize the use of his closet space.
Here’s where we started.
|It wasn’t bad but it wasn’t good either.|
I realized that I was using up a lot of space by hanging most of his clothes. He has a tall chest and dresser in his room so this really wasn’t necessary. I decided to only hang up “dress clothes” – i.e. polos, dress shirts, – and also a few of his lightweight jackets.
After painting, labeling, and playing with paper, here’s where we are now.
Here’s the takeaway or rather what I’ve learned about organizing a space for a kid.
1. Kids like organized spaces as much as a grown-ups do.
2. Labeling may seem anal, but it actually makes cleaning up not seem like such a chore in the eyes of a kid. At 7, even when friends come over they can read the labels and see where everything goes.
3. Using chalkboard labels is a great idea for a kids space because while Pokemon might me a hit right now, that could change. Then I’ll just erase and write in whatever the new toy of the week happens to be.
4. Once again a hot glue gun is your bff. Wooden cut-outs from the craft store are easy to transform into chalkboard labels with paint, and they can then be added on to anything and everything with the help of a glue gun.
5. Keep the heavy stuff low.
6. If you don’t want to see dirty clothes on the floor, make putting them in the hamper fun. I think that’s a 3-pointer for mom! That was so cheesy- but it’s true – you know it is.
|The blue wall color will be the next change. We’re going grey.|