If you have children, then you probably remember the stress that came over you when your first child was due in just a few short months. My guess is (since I don’t have any little ones) that preparing for the first child is the hardest.
I started several closet projects a few weeks ago with a growing family (baby is due in June). Our focus was the master bedroom closet, baby’s closet, guest room closet, and linen closet. We talked about other areas that could use some organizing but our time was focused on the above areas.
Let’s start with the nursery closet shall we. It looked like this:
Why yes that is a lot of “stuff”. The closet had been used to store everything from paint to scuba gear to the wedding dress. We donated items, moved some tools to another location that made more sense, and transferred extra storage items to the guest room closet. We needed to make way for baby after all.
The family intends to use the closet for clothes and toy storage. Children’s clothes are so small that is it is more effective to use the closet space for several categories. And the after:
Now the guest bedroom closet.
A theme is starting to form here. Lots ‘o stuff. This closet was mainly packed with clothes and blankets. There were many, many bags of donations that came from this closet. Their goal was to make this a functioning guest closet for when their parents visit and to store items from the nursery closet.
Much better! The top shelf is used for “Memory Lane” items such as photo albums and the like.
The master bedroom closet was rather interesting. When they opened the doors during the consultation, I said “Where are all the clothes?” They were living out of laundry baskets instead of using the closet. Clean clothes were left in the laundry basket and items were retrieved from there. The closet required an initial “setup” to function so they could finish the last part of that chore: hang up clothes.
We used a few fun organizing options for scarves, jewelry, and ties.
Shadow boxes are my favorite way to organize and display jewelry. I’ve blogged about my love for shadow boxes here. The best options can be purchased at Home Goods or TJ Maxx.
We used the Walnut Tie Spinner to store the men’s ties. This was my first time using a tie organizer; I was very impressed!
I’m always searching for ways to better organize scarves. The Real Simple Scarf & Belt Organizer worked great in this closet. The scarves were fairly compact so we hung them in the back of the closet. Easy to get to but out of the way.
Be sure to check out the Facebook page for more pictures of the linen closet and insta-pantry!
What are your organizing recommendations for the parents-to-be?
Until next time…