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Friday, January 25, 2013

Closet Organization For Kids

I don’t know about you, but keeping my kids closets clean is a constant battle.

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When we moved in 6 months ago I just kind of unpacked and shoved it all in willy nilly. Time has not helped matters.

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I often hear the refrain “I’m bored” and I think the toy chaos contributes to that.

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The biggest issue was Lego’s. Sweet Boy LOVES Legos. But looking at this overflowing, unorganized bucket it really does not provide much inspiration. Over the recent Christmas vacation I sat the bucket on a white blanket, provided a few plastic containers and told him to separate the Lego’s by color. This was not a quick task. My living room floor was covered in Lego’s for about 3 days.  I had to nag just a wee bit. :) 

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I found some great storage containers at Wal Mart. While they measure just 10” x 6” x 7” each bin held a ton of Lego’s.

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A total of 3 containers fit nicely across his shelf. Art supplies were gone thru and purged as well as clothing.

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His long sleeve shirts were somewhat arranged by color, as well as casual, then dressy. Short sleeves were arranged in the same manner and were put on different hangers.

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So a few of you might be thinking, “Yeah, but I bet the other side of the closet is still a disaster.”

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The top shelf is devoted to his finished Lego creations (like the White House) and his pants were arranged beginning with jeans then church pants. The boy is definitely mad for plaid. At least once a month we have a discussion about not wearing plaid shorts with plaid shirts. :)

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Of course I have saved the worst area in need of organizing for last. I’m hoping to organize my craft space before the end of January. I keep putting it off ~ it’s that horrific. :)

So for now I’ll just rest on the laurels (or is it Laura’s :) of Sweet Boy’s closet.

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A group of organizing bloggers are hosting a closet/playroom organizing revolution. Go visit HERE for more inspiration. Vote for your favorite. Décor To Adore is listed at # 49

Happy Friday!



Linda said...

Hi Laura,

More great ideas! :)

I actually don't handle the organization of Sarah's closet because she's 17 and it's her room so I let her organize as she wishes. Most of the time, it's clean and organized, but other times it looks like a tornado went through and that's when I simply close the door. ;)

Hope you have a nice weekend.
Love, Linda

openid said...

Thank you for the inspiration for the much needed organization at the Fairfield House. On my way to cast a vote for you.
Your Friend,

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Awesome. Great job Laura. I need to do some serious damage control with my girls legos. I keep ignoring it!

openid said...


Following the link you provided but you are number 8 (linen closet). I located the children's closets but not where I cast a vote.

Your Friend,

Sally@Enlightenment for the Sleepy said...

Well worth the effort! I have spent a total of three separate days clearing out Cairo's bedroom over the last three weeks. We moved in at a similar time to you so great minds think alike! I'm actually going to paint soon. Even though the house is rented, I cannot continue as is. The decorators have only put one coat of beige on the walls so when I try to wipe finger marks off, the paint comes off too, and that looks worse.ill play safe and used white. Don't you feel so clean and refreshed after a good closet clear out? Lol, I do. Can't wait to see the craft room, hugs Sally xx

Karen Albert said...

Laura, this is amazing!! Sweet Boys closet transformation is a winner for sure!

Now I want to see your craft closet. A friend has been helping me in the study closet(which has art supplies) and we still need to organize paints by color etc. Those Walmart containers could be great for this!

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Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Thank you Deborah! I have corrected the error and the new link is in place. Just click on "HERE" to vote.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

I need to do this in my daughters closet..

good job as always Laura

Vel Criste said...

You are not alone dear, I hate seeing my kids closet to. As a matter of fact, I have been organizing theirs too! Will post it soon, not done just yet. Love the lego organization you did!

Merlesworld said...

Nice neat cupboard how long will it last, my kids have all left home everything is neat at all times but I miss the laughter and fun.

Connie said...

No doubt about it . . . I choose the after, LOL.
Great job.
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

His closet is looking AWESOME!! I love it!!!

Dortesjs said...

again wonderfull inspiration from you thank you

xx Dorte

hsmominmo said...

Wonderful! I use similar drawers to organize our lego collection. They are perfect.

DebBlee said...

awesome! I love that you sorted the Lego's and clothing by color - as they should be =)