Here we go again, another closet project! I wanted to show you how easy it is to organize kids’ closets on a budget.
To this day, my husband doesn’t understand why I am so obsessed with having closets organized. I am a type A person, and I like to have things in their place, especially in closets, so I can easily find what I am looking for. Did you know that the average American spends up to 1 year of their life looking for lost or misplaced items?!
Originally we were going to have our boys share a room, so for the first year in this house, their clothes shared a closet, even after the sharing room attempt was a fail. Boys clothes are cut and dry- I mean, it is t-shirt, t-shirt or t-shirt. Throw in a polo and button up shirt and they are done. I always thought I would have all girls who wore BIG monogrammed bows(the bigger the better, of course!) in their hair and smocked dresses every. single. day. God sure did throw me a curve ball, BUT I am very thankful for it and so is our bank account!! I love being a ‘boy mom’ and wouldn’t change it for the world.
Anyways, the sharing a room idea was a complete disaster. We ended up putting each boy in their own room joined by a jack-and-jill bathroom. When I separated their closets, all I had to work with was an ugly wire shelf that was way too high up to start with. Neither child has a dresser in their room(to this point, they really haven’t needed one), so everything is in their closets (with the exception of shoes- they are all downstairs in our coat closet).
I recommend that if you are ever going to reorganize a space, decide exactly what you want the end product to look like as well as specifically what kind of storage and function you need FIRST. Then go shopping. If you go shopping first without figuring out exactly what kind of storage you need or the look you want, then you will spend way too much money and end up with more stuff than you need! I learned that the hard way.. more than once!
My goal for both closets was that my kids could easily access their clothes. Both boys are responsible for putting away their clean clothes and helping choose their outfits to wear. Now, this doesn’t mean they always do it, but putting away clean laundry is fun for them since they race to see who can do it the fastest.
To makeover their closets I used: (Affiliate links are provided in this post. I receive commission on the sale of the products, but this does not result in additional charges to you or cost you anything extra. For more information, see my full disclosure here.)
- Modular shelving unit with storage cubes, similar to these
- hanging double closet rod
- various bins (I got mine from Dollar Tree & the canvas bins I already had on hand from Wal Mart)
The hanging double rod is absolutely perfect for kids!! It is less than $10 and super easy to install and literally hangs on the existing rod. I hang their out of season shirts on the top, and current season shirts on the bottom so they can easily reach them.
On the other side of the closet, I put in modular shelving units with storage cubes. We had some of these on hand from 2 houses ago, but I did end up having to buy some more for my youngest son’s closest. They are fairly inexpensive, usually around $20, and you can customize the size and number of cubes you want. I did 2 columns with 4 rows each.
For the bins, I hit up the Dollar Tree. This is my go-to place for all things organizing! Each child has 4 white bins plus 2 small bins(green or blue) and a plastic basket. I also used a few canvas bins we had already from Wal-Mart from years ago. I am not a fan of the collapsable bins because they aren’t very sturdy. The reason I like these canvas bins so much is because they have a wire frame under the canvas- they are very durable. We have blue, green and brown ones that we have had for over 4 years, and they still look new!
Eventually I will put labels on everything.. The boys can see inside the bins and know exactly where everything is. The canvas bins at the top of their shelving unit holds swim suits and extra sheets. The plastic bins hold pants, shorts, winter PJs, summer PJs, socks, and undies. I use the very top shelf to hold various items: Luke has an extra down comforter on his shelf, and Andrew has all of our sleeping bags and air mattresses on his. Each of them have a plastic bin with their name on it that holds their out of season clothes and clothes they haven’t grown into yet.
Lastly, I put 2 Command Hooks in each closet on one of the doors to hold their bags used for travelling and small backpacks.
Thanks for reading!
What are your favorite organization tips for your kid’s closets?