(Re)Organized Boys Closet

As our boys grow, I find the need to reorganize their belongings, namely, their closet.  With Ev out growing clothes at a rapid rate, I need access to larger sized clothes without the hassle of digging them out of storage.  Without a dresser in the room, I have to get creative with their storage.  When we last shared our closets, I had it organize, keeping larger clothes on the shelf in a clear covered bin, but it became cumbersome for me (being 5 feet, 4 inches tall) to get large, heavy bins down often.  We needed a change.

Here was Vincent’s side.  All of his current sized clothes are hanging, larger clothes in the big bin on top, diapers in the small bins in the cubes, and socks in a bin.

Here’s Everett’s side.

Everett’s side was pretty much the same story.  After a while, I started hating that I had to slide the doors to get to their stuff.  As I mentioned above, the large bins were really becoming a hassle, too.

What was our solution?  Ben installed a second closet rod.  We didn’t move anything around, so the rods are close together, but they’re boys.  They don’t have anything that really hangs down, so it’s fine for a while.  By installing a second bar, we can hang both boys current clothes on one side, eliminating the constant sliding of doors.

Another benefit, we now have room to hang larger clothing on the other side of the closet.

We still use a laundry bag to save shelf space.  A small hook holds it securely and out-of-the-way.

As for the storage cubes, we keep our baby wipes (which we buy in bulk from Costco when we have a coupon), bedding, Everett’s socks, and one bin of diapers for each boy, rather than all their diapers.  The clear bins on top of the cubes have Vincent’s socks and underwear and the yellow bin has pajamas.  I love those yellow bins because they fold flat when not in use, saving space.

We still have a large bin of clothes, but we don’t need to access it often.  We also have shoes, puzzles and a bag of other random items that I still have to sort through.

Where did all the diapers go?  On the top shelf of the right side.  The yellow bin is our donate box.  Anything that I decide our boys no longer need, I put in the bin until it gets full.  The next time I go to a thrift store, the contents get donated.

Previously, we had a plastic baby bath tub.  Everett has since outgrown it, so I donated that, too, which freed up a lot of valuable space.  Now we have a box in its place.  Whenever one of the boys outgrows something, I put it in that box.  When that box is full, I sort the clothes into the proper bin in our basement.

By adding a second closet rod, we’ve doubled our storage space and we have plenty of room to expand.  Score!  Do you have any storage tips, tricks or products you can’t live without?  What do you do with outgrown children’s clothes?  Do you hang your kid’s clothes or prefer to fold?  If you hang, do you use the size dividers?

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10 thoughts on “(Re)Organized Boys Closet

  1. Hi Amanda,

    Can you tell me where you got the bottom shelving from ? Or was this something you or your husband built?
    thanks!
    PS it looks great! 🙂

    1. Hi Albita,

      Ben built those cubes for three of our closets: the boys room, the guest room and entry. They’re pretty easy to make, just a slab of MDF and vertical pieces nailed in place. Sorry that’s not too helpful. And thanks for your kind words!

      Amanda

  2. I also installed two rods in my son’s closet about a year ago. He has a walk-in (3 of the 4 bedrooms in our 1950’s ranch have walk in closets…can you believe it?!?!). We made double hang rod on one side and single rod on the other. My husband also build a tall storage bin/shelving unit on the back wall between the two rods. After seeing your storage on the bottom, I now need to get him to do something like that on the bottom of the side where there is just one rod. Thanks for the great idea!

    1. Hey Wendy,

      Glad our little closet was able to inspire you to make a change in your walk-in. Totally jealous, by the way. Thanks for stopping by!
      Amanda

  3. Just nominated you!

    I organized my kids’ closet (they also share a room) last summer. It’s so hard with all the clothes, toys, and books. I think it’s time to go in an re-do it all again. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. I love your bottom shelving/ storage. I see in the above comments that your husband custom-made them… bummer. I guess that means I need to bribe my own to get building. I love love love their functionality, and could see a version of them as fantastic shoe storage in a grown-up closet. Hmmm… thanks for the ideas!

    1. Hi Erin,

      Yeah, Ben built those, but they are pretty easy. We have them in our guest room and in the entry, too and it works wonderfully for shoes. Happy building!

      Amanda

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