This morning something amazing happend... We were on time for my daughter's dentist appointment! My 10, 8, and 5 year old all dressed themselves. My 2 year old brought me her shoes! It's so encouraging to see them grow and be a bit more independent. My 10 year old has cared for most his laundry and dressing for a while now. My 8 year old daughter is also self-sufficient in this area. However my 5 year old has been a different story. She could never find her clothes. She would always get dressed in clothing that was inappropriate for the weather. A sundress in the winter doesn't work and dressing both my 2 year old and 5 year old made getting out the door difficult. So, the girls and I organized their closet together.
I should have taken a before photo. But I wasn't planning on blogging about this closet...You'll have to just picture a cubby storage unit with clothes all over the floor. My eldest put away most of her clothes. But the two little girls pulled all of the clothes out of the open shelves. So, I got rid of the storage unit and bought these inexpensive plastic drawers. I know that this is not the most Pinterest worthy closet. But it was very frugal, using what we had at home and spending about $25 at Target for what we needed.
My 8 year old is tall enough to reach the closet bar, so her sweatshirts and dresses are hung there. A few years ago I bought a closet rod at Bed Bath and Beyond to create more closet space. This bar is the right height for my 5 year old. Now she can get her own sweatshirts and dresses. She can also hang them up after we wash her clothes.
Since I still dress my 2 year old, I hang her clothes up high on the other side of the closet. I saved a few baby clothes for each of my kids. I would save all of their clothes if I didn't have the small containers. I'm very sentimental about their baby clothes. But the small boxes limit my collection. The rest I gave away. But they do have a few extra that they use as doll clothes. I also keep old shoes and clothes for hand me downs. This saves me time and money. When they need something, I can check the boxes first. Then, I don't have to spend time and money shopping.
I purchased the pink hanging cubbies from Ikea a couple of years ago. It works well for tutus, Pom-poms, princess capes, and other girly dress-up items. We also store the toddler dollhouse in the closet. There is a large doll mansion in their bedroom. I asked the girls if we could part with the smaller house. They didn't understand my ridiculous question. When they play house, these two are neighbors. Silly mama - no imagination.
Most of the drawers are individually labeled for each girl. These are the exceptions. I've found that keeping their swimsuits and seasonal clothes together is easier for me. When one girl needs them, they all do. So, it makes sense to keep these items together.
We don't have a "play room," in our smaller home, so I keep most of their toys in the girls' shared bedroom. We are renting this house, so we don't want to invest in any built in storage. Since the girls are able to get dressed and put away their own laundry, I'm pleased with the space. It's functional, frugal, and portable in case we move.
Do your kids share a closet? How do you keep their clothes organized and accessible?