Kid’s Closet Tweaking

Jun 5

When it comes to organizing kid spaces, the best angle is always going with what works for them. As is the case with adults, kids have a natural inclination in the way they put things away. Sure, some of them put nothing away. Ever. (ahem) But this is where we can help them form good habits and teach them the importance of taking care of their things. We’re building a foundation here. One step at a time.
Even in my own home there is challenges. Yes, the home of a professional organizer isn’t perfect. My kids are 10, 8 and 5. They are in varying phases / places with how they maintain their bedrooms, toys and sport items. I have systems in place that I believe work in their favor and they occasionally need tweaking. Recently, I noticed the garage had been an issue so I tackled that wall with a new DIY mudroom
It’s been working very well! We still have 5 days of school, have had a few intense weeks of playoff games and are heading into Little League championship games this weekend (woo!), so this system has been put to the test the last several weeks. And it’s winning!
Inside however, 2 of my 3 kiddos closets were next on my tweaking hit list. Before we moved in 2 years ago, I pulled together a few Elfa systems for their closets. At the time, Elfa wasn’t on sale so I went with shelves instead of drawers to save a bit of money. For those that have been reading the blog a long time – long enough to have lived through the move to this house – you know there was money going into lots of other projects. Namely fixing the pool, getting a new roof, interior paint, a driveway (!!), etc. So, you can’t really blame me for saving a little money and going with shelves as a temporary. I knew Elfa could be changed at a later time.
But even when Elfa went on sale earlier this year, I didn’t take the time to invest in new components because I was so busy working for other people, designing their Elfa closets and helping folks get organized during the sale. Ha! Before I knew it the sale ended.
Then the other day I was in the store and discovered a perk in my account – 25% off! You know I jumped on that! Drawers here we come!
Anyway, my 8 year old baseball fanatic is not a folding kinda dude…

As you can see!…

He does well with hanging, so I knew that didn’t have to change…

But he needed drawers for underwear, pjs and pants. I also wanted to shift the system itself up to make better use of the space on top and on the floor below…

Another issue? His growing collection of bobble heads. In case you can’t tell, that’s a Lego table buried underneath it all…

And his other baseball related nicknacks had taken over the top surface of his bookshelf…

Each time I walked into his room I walked away with my head in my hands. Couldn’t wait to make these much-needed changes in here.

I emptied his closet and shifted the system up higher…

And moved some of the shelving up on this side to accommodate his baseball items, which made room for 5 mesh drawers underneath…

There we go!…

Just a little purging and re-hanging on this side…

Love little boy clothes!…

I also tweaked my daughter’s closet by shifting her Elfa system up, removing a freestanding bookshelf and adding drawers. Here’s the before…

And a much better after!…

She has a dresser in her room, so these drawers are containing her most loved toys. She loves to dress up and play with Barbies and stuffed animals, so that is what’s stowed away in those 5 drawers. Elfa has bookends and shelf liner which allowed me to get the books tucked away in here too.

For the record…I’m not getting paid by The Container Store to endorse their products. I’m just sharing systems that work hard for the money you invest in. I’ve shared a lot of Elfa systems over the last many months and you’ve seen how they have worked in various areas of a home. Bottom line, it works! And you can always tweak it later. If you had a huge built-out system, chances are it would cost a lot of money to tweak, especially if you have to special order items like wood shelves or glass doors. When it comes to kids spaces, it’s important to have flexibility to change as they grow. And this product is a great option for doing just that!

Hoping all of you are surviving these last few days of school and the chaos / activity around it! I’m looking forward to the school year closing so I can enjoy time with my kids and have more downtime for blogging. I have so much to share and write about!

Go organize something and have a great day! 😉

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