I’m staring at my daughter’s closet thinking to myself, “It’s about time for another clean out.” My girls grow so fast, I can’t keep up. Between their growth and the thankful inflow of hand-me-downs, it’s starting to look overrun and overwhelming again. It seems like only yesterday I was organizing their closets, but it’s been nearly three years since I deep cleaned! Yikes!
As Peanut and Teacup are getting older, I’m seriously contemplating one of those closet organization systems, especially since you can now get a decent one under $100. Those 1950s closet rods just do not adjust to an ever growing kid. Clothes either touch the ground or are so high that a 5 year old couldn’t reach them even with the help of a step stool. That said, in the process of getting ready to organize again, I’m also looking back at what has worked and what hasn’t. Thus today’s post is a surprisingly honest look at closet organization. And yes, some tips even bash things that I’ve shared here on Cornerstone Confessions in the past!
5 Brutally Honest Closet Organization Tips
- Don’t paper-mache your boxes unless you want to plaster the thing. I tried it. It worked great for awhile. In fact, we still use the boxes. But, I have to admit that the paper is starting to come off the bottom of the boxs from the frequent pulls off the shelf. Stick with the shipping boxes or copy paper boxes, if you don’t want to pay for plastic tubs. Those work great! And, if you want to add some color, try spray painting the boxes. We like that too. [bctt tweet=”Closet #Organization Tip #1: Use copy paper boxes and spray paint them for color!”]
- Adding wood shelving is an easy BUT temporary fix. Peanut had virtually no shelving in her closet a few years ago, so I bought a few boards and made some wood shelves. They have worked great so far, but as I mentioned above, we are now contemplating an adjustable closet organization system, because her clothes are now dragging the ground.
- Don’t use photo album pages for box labels. I thought this was a great idea so I tried it. It worked great…at first. And then the smooth plastic of the photo album pages quickly began to separate from the glue making for no labels on the boxes and one very confused mom trying to figure which box was what! This next round I think I’m going to opt for something like chalk labels or dry-erase labels instead so that I can change the title of the box without actually changing the label.[bctt tweet=”Closet #Organization Tip #3: Use chalk or dry erase labels for easy relabeling later on.”]
- Don’t use homemade clothes dividers unless you are prepared to use a lot of scotch tape. We use clothes dividers in all our clothes closets. It’s nice for seeing what we have for different events at a glance. However, I quickly learned that unless you tape the opening of the divider closed, you will have dividers all over the closet floor or in your laundry hampers.
- If you use your closet to store books, don’t organize your books like a library, unless your children are old enough to read and organize them themselves. Instead, opt for book baskets. They may not always stay completely organized, but at least the books won’t be all over the floor. Oh, and don’t use the baskets from the Dollar Tree for this. They won’t hold up. Trust me. I tried it. I know.