Build a kids closet organizer to not only increase space and organization, but to give your child a little responsibility. Closet organizers come with many different options, depending on your space, budget and needs.
1. Decide What You Need Space For
The first thing you need to do is make a list of the items that will be kept in your child’s closet other than clothes. You can make space for shoes, toys, games, extra bed linens or any other personal items. Determine whether you want to store seasonal clothes (like summer shorts and winter coats) in this closet year-round.
2. Measure Your Space
Measure both sides of the closet, front to back, the width from left to right, and the height. If the closet already has built-in shelves or a hanging rod, decide whether you want to keep these and build around them or take them out and start over from scratch. If the clothing rod and built-in shelves are to remain, be sure to adjust your measurements accordingly to accommodate them.
3. Decide Your Budget
If you are not planning to stay in your home for many years, or if you want to allow more flexibility or a more budget-friendly option, you may want to choose simple buy-by-the-unit organizers. These include hanging organizers and individual shelving units.
Hanging organizers are generally heavy-duty cloth or plastic with 5 to 7 open-faced compartments for storage. Lighter items such as clothes and small toys are best for a hanging organizer as it is supported by the clothing rod. Individual shelving units typically come in stackable forms for you to build your kid’s closet organizer to your specifications.
Open-ended Shelving Units
Open ended units, as opposed to drawer units, offer even more flexibility since you can fill with toys or other play items. Use baskets to store awkward items like toys or socks. Your child can take out the whole basket for easier mobility and clean-up. Stackable options come in plastic, wire, or wood varieties.
Consider labeling the front of open-ended shelves with the names of each day of the week. You can designate each space for an outfit that your child will wear to school or camp that day. Planning early in the week will allow your kid to help in the decision-making, and having the clothes all in one place will eliminate early morning arguments or rushing to find dirty or missing clothes.
Adjustable Storage Units
Though semi-permanent and more expensive, adjustable storage systems offer mounting rails, brackets, rods and shelves. They come in wire or wood-finished options. Just screw mounting rails into the wall and adjust brackets to the heights you want them. Add clothing rods and shelves to fit your needs.
Adjustable storage units can be altered as your child grows and his storage requirements change. Be prepared for a little more work and cost for this option. An adjustable storage system can be custom ordered, built and installed by a professional.