Last month, I was called in to see if there was any way we could make a closet space work better.
The closet is shared by two young sisters & was designed to handle both of their wardrobes. And it seems big, but as the saying goes, “when you have the space, you fill the space” and that’s what had happened in this case.
The goal was to find a way to make it easier for each girl to find & put back their own clothing. We wanted to increase the efficiency & independence of the girls and make less work for mom.
One of the main concerns for the family involved keeping each girl’s category separated. This was most apparent on the shelves that held the shorts & sweatshirts. They were piled and jumbled all together.
We started by digging right in. We needed to see what was hiding in each space. We pulled things out & started to gather the categories.
The shorts & sweatshirts needed to be sorted into: (1) items that no longer fit or were used & could be donated (2) items that would go back into the closet. This step works best in an area that offers a chance to spread out, so we took all of the clothes out of the shelves & laid them on the beds.
Back in the closet we continued to find ways to sort & categorize. Moving out the items that were no longer used or needed & clearing space for the things that were worn and used often. We moved longer hanging clothes, like dresses, to the side, which created more visual space around the items stored on the long shelf.
Here we are in-progress – things are getting moved around & categories are being gathered.
Next, containers were added & the sorted clothes were brought back in. The containers create boundaries around the categories & make it easier for the girls to find & put away their own things.
After I left that day, the sorting continued. The girls were recruited to sort their stuffed animals & the other toys that were pulled out of the closet. The items that didn’t go back into the closet were either donated or found a new home in another area of the bedroom.
Kid closets are always a work in progress. And since this closet serves two growing girls, there will always be clothes coming in & clothes going out. Creating more defined spaces & boundaries for categories should make that process go a little smoother and hopefully there will be less headaches when it’s time to put away clothes.