project winterize: our daughter’s closet

Dec 9

welcome to the final day of….
project winterize!

 

{just catching up? here is part 1 and part 2!}

i am so excited to have this major organization project behind me! closets are SO difficult. i found it especially difficult to go through the kids closets given my sentimental ways. at least 100 times this week i said to myself “but remember when they wore {fill in the blank}…i should keep that.”. ooooohh, so hard to part with those special memories. with the boys i have the chance to relive certain outfits because we do a lot of handing down of clothing. however, with our daughter – that was tough. and at this age (1) they grow way too fast – which means i am frequently sorting through her closet/drawers and finding items that don’t fit anymore.

*sniff sniff*

*sigh* motherhood.
on a positive note – as i said….the job is DONE! woot!!
our daughter has a closet along with a dresser. since she is our 3rd child, we are pretty seasoned parents. we’ve learned quite a bit after having 1 and then our 2nd. this time around, we purchased a dresser that doubled as a changing table. we love it! if there is anyone reading this that is currently considering nursery furniture – please, oh please, consider buying a dresser that also doubles as a changing table. it can not only save you money, but it will last you much longer…and save your precious real estate if you have a small bedroom.
here is her dresser…

she also has a decent sized closet…far left…

the middle…

the far right, behind the door, is shelving…

{just for fun….or not!….the very far left (not shown in the first photo) is this little cut-out, nook area. we don’t keep anything in here because this is our tornado shelter. we live in an area of the country where we have tornadoes every.single.spring. so not fun! so when the sirens go off, our family of 5 hightails it to this closet. it’s the only interior part of our home with no windows.

i had visions of maybe having a daughter one day and turning this little spot into a tea room for her and her dolls. that is still a possibility, but i would have to dismantle it every spring ;-)}

 

now that you’ve seen her closet and dresser….let’s get to work! i figured between the closet and dresser, the best way to organize everything was the keep what currently fits her inside the dresser (within easy reach)…and then what will fit her later or in another season would go inside the closet. of course, dresses and jackets also went inside her closet.

first drawer wasn’t that difficult…just socks, tights, and 1 little winter hat…

after searching through her closet, i located more winter hats and gloves…so i added those to the lone hat…

next drawer (right under the changing table) is our diapering section….

since the changing table takes up quite a bit of the dresser top, i put all of her diapers, wipes, ointments, hair accessories, etc into this drawer…which makes it super easy to get her changed and ready because it’s all right there.

a few of the dividers weren’t needed anymore and the items inside were a bit old. after some purging and sorting….here is the after…

next up?….her shirts/tops. here is the before…

and the after…

pants drawer before…

pants drawer after…

PJ drawer before…

PJ drawer after…

the 6th and final drawer…i put items in here that don’t fit her yet, but are hard to hang – skirts, jeans, leggings still in wrappers…

dresser = done!

next up was the closet. have you seen these before?…

obviously these are a hand-me-down from the boys given their pretty shade of blue. i have found these to be so helpful over the years. as i mentioned above, children in general grow so fast…but it seems like newborns and toddlers grow out of their clothing even faster. before i had these dividers, i would find these great outfits for next season, put them away and then not find them again until after that season was over with. what a waste of money!

then i found these dividers! each time i noticed the kids were growing out of a particular size, i would look through the next section and pull out items that would definitely fit or looked to be close to fitting.

and what i love about these is that you can add a quick, simple label to change the sizing to your own needs!

they just hook right onto the rod!…

back to the closet…

first i sorted through all of her clothing, pulled out anything for donation or eBay, and then everything made it’s way back in.

and here is the after….left side…

middle…

shelving on the right…

shoes are now on the bottom shelf…

and i will re-purpose these baskets from the boys closets…with what, not sure yet. but i know they will come in handy…

what was that fluff ball you spotted up high on the shelf?….a tutu, of course!…

since we’re talking clothing in here…her Christmas dress….loooove this!…

remember when i was doing our candle re-org project and i mentioned that her closet used to be a storage closet? well, i found this amazing stack of frames while cleaning up the top shelves…

those are now living in the office closet and will be accessible to me when needed. i didn’t even know i had some larger sized frames in the house!

once everything was said and done…here is what came out of her room…

the white trash bag is for the garage sale, the 2 paper bags are donations, the stack of clothing is for eBay (most of which still has tags), and on the far right you can see i was able to pull out that hanging shelf organizer. once i cleaned up the shelves i was able to move her supply of crib sheets and blankets to the open shelving. now i have another item to re-purpose…or sell at the garage sale.
after this week of closet cleaning i feel 20 pounds lighter. it has felt so good each day walking into our newly organized, winterized closets. it’s easy to find what we need and everything looks better. even the boys have managed to keep their closets clean this week…because it’s easier for them to put items back when they are starting fresh and they know everything has its place.
oh, and they have been picking out warm clothing, too! – inserted of pool weather clothing 😉
did you do any closet cleaning with me this week? please share!!!

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  1. Nadia says:

    Feels so great to organize the kids rooms/closets doesnt it?!!!

  2. Nadia – yes, it does feel great. but it seems we are doing it a lot more often…which means our kids are growing too fast! 😉

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