The shelf held some toys, clothes they hadn't yet grown into and a stack of blankets.
The other side of the closet held their dresser. Let me tell you the story of this dresser. It was an old wooden dresser that used to be in my dad's garage. I needed something to hold my clothes when I moved out of my parents' house in college. Dad said I could use it, so I cleaned it up and painted it bright blue. I used this dresser for about 12 years, then my kids inherited it. The drawers were a bit of a challenge to open and close, not ideal for kids, but it worked. They were bored one day and decided to start peeling the beautiful blue paint off the drawers. Poor thing was really hit up.
There were several challenges with the closet. The kids couldn't get their clothes in and out of the dresser easily. There wasn't enough storage space and the space we did have was not being used efficiently. The mirrored doors were so ugly! And worst of all, my boys were scared of the closet. Too many episodes of Scooby Doo, they were afraid of monsters hiding in there. It was time for a change!
Here are some before pictures of the room. Toys on the floor in front of the bookshelves, the ugly doors, my abused dresser!
|Dress up bins|
|Blankets and toys|
The first step was to remove the doors. It looked better immediately!
The next step was to get rid of the dresser. Adam and I talked about the best way to add more storage and make it easier for the kids to get their clothes independently. We decided that this dandy shelving unit from Ikea was perfect!
|Jacob's has the cubbies on the left. Reed's are on the right.|
I've already changed a few things, this was a picture taken during the organizing. The top cubby contains the boys' special items, - treasure boxes, piggy banks, etc. The second has a bin with underwear, socks and pajamas. The third has a bin with shirts and the bottom has pants. I was folding laundry this afternoon. It was easy for the kids to carry their bins in, tuck their laundry pile in and return it to the cubby. It was wonderful!!!
Here's an after picture! The blue toy box was in between the boys' beds, but it felt very crowded. I've always wanted a little hide-away for the kids to curl up with the book. Moving the toy box into the closet gives them a place to keep all of their dress up clothes and a spot to relax with a book.
If you look closely at the shelf. I have folded the blankets on the left. I put most of the toys up on the shelf. Legos, toy cars, race tracks, castle blocks and a few other toys are all up there. This is a better use of space and will hopefully keep the room a bit cleaner.
Ahhh! It feels so good to tackle this project! The boys are so excited have a new organized space. They love the bins and cubbies and the reading nook. Start to finish, this project took my husband and I two hours. Removing the doors, moving the dresser out, building the bookshelf and rearranging a few pieces of furniture. I love the new space for our boys!