Sometimes you don’t have the ability to pay for a brand new closet organizing systems. That may be true when you have choices like the very pricey California Closet, the more reasonable Closetmaid and the affordable Rubbermaid.
The thing is sometimes you just want to keep it simple and you want to make it work right now. What you need is to keep it simple and affordable. Recent as part of my #MyBenjaminMooreHome makeover, I knew I needed to re-organize my daughters closet because I was getting rid of the desk and drawers that were currently in her room. That means that I had to re-locate those three drawers somewhere into her closet.
The closet had been filled with a large blue Rubbermaid tote, a hanging sweater sorter and a wired IKEA shelving unit. On to there was a simple shoe shelf that I used to double the space and use up the extra space at the top of the closet. I am not sure why but just about every closet has these really high ceilings but you can never build shelves too high because you cannot access the items due to the door jam.
My solution is simple and inexpensive. I place a simple shoe shelf (without the second shelf) and then use baskets to store items. This time, I decided to stack all those sweatshirts that she has (organized by colour – of course). DD2 is a tall girl so accessing these items was not a problem.
I also added an adjustable wired shoe shelf so that I could maximize the space. Having the ability to adjust it let me place two wire baskets on the top shelf so that she could store all those bulky soccer and volleyball socks. The second basket holds her prized volleyball.
Beside the baskets is the wire drawers I bought sturdy ones because the ones that I had bought at IKEA ended up falling apart after a few years. So if you are going to go this route, make sure and invest wisely. I really like using the wired ones because you can see all the clothes (my daughter is very visual, so if she does not see it, she does not wear it). It also lets all the clothes air. This is a great product but you need to maintain it by ensuring that the sides do not bow. This has happened before so you need to keep on top of it.
We have also added a hanging sweater holder to hold extra shoes, feminine products, sweaters and other sundry items that just needed a home. I love that it lets her have some flexibility in how she puts things away. I especially like the NeatFreak! line as it is strong and well made.
On the shelves she has three wide wire shelves. I like these for two reasons: (1) you can stack them easily so you can sort items by categories and (2) they come apart so you can just take the whole basket down, go through it then put it all back. No piles of sweaters or t-shirts coming down on you because you have pulled the one on the bottom.
Another unique item that I purchased at Winners was an organizer that holds face wipes for her to clean her face and all the other products that she use to for her face and hair. Once again, keeping everything close at hand and orderly.
My last big tip to help keep your teenager organized are over the door hooks that let her hang her jacket, hoodies or p.j.s with a shelf on the top. My DD has two doors that open out so it leaves plenty of room for her to hang all that she wants but still lets her close the door so I don’t see the mess.
Make sure your teen knows that this is ALL THE SPACE SHE IS GOING TO GET. So if it starts getting too full, its start to start donating clothes.
Remember this simple rule:
For every item that comes into the closet, one must exit the closet.