How to Organize Your Kids’ Closet

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in BLOG: A Life More Organized, Closet Organizing, Closets, Kids Organization

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Organizing any space can be overwhelming, but organizing kids’ clothes can be downright daunting. Rapid changes in size and style are enough to drive anyone mad.

One day your daughter loves dresses, the next day she refuses to wear them.  One day your kid is a wearing a size 8 pants, and within in a week they are floods!  Your sister and best friend just cleaned out their kids closet and dropped 3 bags of hand-me-down clothing on your doorstep.With scenarios like this, it’s easy to understand how clothing can quickly get out of control.

Today I’m going to share 5 simple steps to help you navigate through the abyss also known as your kids closet:

1. Be Strategic:  Before you decide to keep something for next season or future kids, ask yourself how often it will likely be worn.  For example: If you know that your older sibling has a different body type or style than the younger sibling, it’s probably best to donate rather than hold onto clothes that more than likely will never be worn again.

 

2. Five-Year Rule:  Hand-me-downs are a great way to save money, however, don’t feel inclined keep everything. If your child won’t grow into the clothes within 5 years, donate it!  By the time they will fit into it fashion styles will changes and let’s face it…who knows if you kid will even like it by then.

 

3. Store Smart: If you’ve ever stumbled across a bag of clothes only to realize that you missed the season, you know how frustrating that can be! Clear storage bins that are labeled with the appropriate size is the most efficient way to ensure you will remember you have clothes on hand when the time comes to use them.

 

4. Donate, Donate, Donate: Anything gently used, that will not be worn by anyone else in the house. It’s important to keep in mind that if you’re not using it, someone else will. There are lots of places that accept gently used children’s clothes including charities, a church/synagogue, or family and friends.

 

5. Walk Down Memory Lane: Remember that dress your daughter wanted to wear to school every day for 6 months? Or the Spiderman costume that your son wore whether he was in the house or not?  These are memories that deserve a place in your home, just not in your closet! Designate a memorabilia bin for each child to store keepsakes that you will want to pass on someday.  Like all bins, they should be clear (to easily identify the contents) and labeled for easy identification.

Happy Organizing!

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Laundry Room/Mudroom-The sBo Effect

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in Gallery Old, Laundry Room/Mudroom, Uncategorized

This laundry room is responsibility for multiple functions, including outerwear storage for two kids’ backpacks, sports gear, cleaning supplies and let’s not forget, laundry!

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Before the washer/dryer were side by side with nothing except a hard to reach wire shelf to store laundry and cleaning supplies. After stacking the washer/dryer, we created space both above and below with reachable, functional storage for all supplies.

 

broom area before

broom closet after

By relocating the utility sink next to the new stackable w/d, we were able to fit in 2 custom cabinets, one for cleaning supplies and storage and the other for kids outerwear items.

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Prior to re-configuring the laundry room, there was no where for the kids to hang their coats and backpacks. By making use of vertical space, we were able to install 10 hooks for the kids and guests.

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Custom Design Work by sBo

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in Custom Work, Gallery Old

This once pantry, has been re-purposed to a “coat cubby”, fully equip with shoe storage and labeled bins for each family member

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Custom pantry with adjustable shelves allows you to maximize each shelf to it’s fullest capacity

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This standard boy’s bedroom has been transformed to a gamers dream space

reading nook before

reading nook after

By adding a wall, there is now a defined zone for reading or relaxing. Adding built in shelves to display trophies makes use of otherwise wasted space.

closet before

closet after

This typical reach-in closet with sliding doors made it difficult to access items and see what you have. Opening up the space allows for maximum utilization of the space for clothes, toys and keepsakes. A DIY closet system from a big box store adds much needed space and value to the closet.

bed space before

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In the original configuration, there was little floor space to play or watch tv, but by adding a custom loft bed, we have literally doubled the space.  Separate lighting above and below allows for easy maintenance. Custom shelving below allows all DVD’s, games and assembled legos to be neatly displayed.  A soccer ball area rug ties in nicely with the theme of the room, and warms the space.

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Another view of the game center before and after….

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This utility closet has now been re-purposed as a fully functioning closet for toys or linens

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This wasted hallway that was the home for a growing American Girl Doll Collection has now been re-purposed to a fully functioning storage space that is the envy of every little girl!

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Playrooms – The sBo Effect

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in Gallery Old, Playrooms

Playroom Before sBo:  Kids loft for legos and video games-in need of a “next step”

Playroom After sBo:  New TV is on it’s way, but this entertainment unit allows us to corral unused lego pieces, display finished lego masterpieces and house video games and accessories in this easily accessible media center.

Kids Play Loft "Before"

Kids Loft "After"

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Playroom Before sBo:  This empty wall was prime wasted space-soon to be turned into a study alcove for a pre-teen

Playroom After sBo:  This once empty space is now a functional study alcove for a growing pre-teen. Trophies are displayed nicely on upper shelves, out of reach but for all to enjoy.

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Playroom Before sBo:  This space was cluttered with toys, with no home making clean up difficult.

Playroom After sBo:  With some re-zoning, labeling of bins and hanging hooks at “kid-friendly” height, allows for easy clean up.

Playrooms - sBo

Playrooms - sBo

 

Playrooms - sBo


Playroom Before sBoThis great space is large enough for a variety of toys and games, but without any organization it easily becomes an unmanageable mess.

Playroom After sBo:  With the use of color coordinated bins and labels, clean up becomes easy for kids, large and small.

Playrooms - sBo

Playrooms - sBo

 

 

Playrooms - sBo

Playrooms - sBo


Playroom Before sBoThis underutilized piece was randomly placed in the playroom serving no purpose other than a dumping ground for papers and such.

Playroom After sBoThis fabulous storage unit has replaced the old dresser and is now home for kids games, toys, legos and art supplies. A framed cork board makes displaying kids artwork a breeze. Everything is within reach and easily accessible for play and clean up!

Playrooms - sBo

Playrooms - sBo

Playrooms - sBo

 

Kitchens/Pantries – The sBo Effect

Written by Laurie Palau. Posted in Gallery Old, Kitchens/Pantires

Kitchen After sBo:  With the use of inexpensive storage bins, “like items” are corralled together making it easy to locate items and know what you have.

weisbrot pantry

weisbrot kitchen

weisbrot pantry

weisbrot pantry

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Kitchen After sBo:  Store seasonal platters neatly in hard to reach upper cabinets; Display your favorite bowls and platters adding a decorative element to your space.

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Kitchen Before sBoThis disorganized pantry makes it difficult to find items, see what is expired, and know what you have.

Kitchen After sBo:  With the use of inexpensive storage bins, “like items” are corralled together making it easy to locate items and know what you have.

kitchen/pantry

kitchen/pantry

 


Kitchen Before sBoThis spice drawer is a “recipe for disaster”.

Kitchen After sBoWith the use of drawer dividers, spices are easily identified, making cooking an enjoyable task.

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kitchen/pantry

 


Kitchen Before sBo: A large drawer naturally becomes disorganized without a good storage system in place.

Kitchen After sBoBy adding some inexpensive drawer dividers and purging duplicate items it becomes simple to keep your kitchen drawers organized

Garages/Sheds - sBo

Garages/Sheds - sBo


Kitchen Before sBoItems were just shoved inside without giving thought to any system.

Kitchen After sBoInvesting in a food storage system allows you to see exactly what you have, keeping items fresher longer, as well as maximizing space.

Garages/Sheds - sBo

Garages/Sheds - sBo


Custom Pantry Designed by sBo:  This once underutilized space is now the home for serving pieces, extra dishes and holiday platters.  The once wasted space behind the door has been transformed into a home for canned goods.

Garages/Sheds - sBo

Garages/Sheds - sBo