He can't find anything, heaven knows.
He looks and looks but never sees
all the things he surely needs.
It couldn't be that its quite a mess!
Or else I know he would be dressed!
The closet works its best at night!
Eating clothes by candle light!
While we sleep it eats and eats,
OH, I know it's quite a feat!
Shirts and shorts in souffles
Socks and jammies on flambe.
It's all missing when night is done!
I know his closet is the one!
For how could a mother blame her son?
Alright, alright! His closet isn't really eating his clothes!
But wasn't that fun!?
I love being silly!
Okay, so, seriously, my son's closet was a disaster and he really was struggling to find things.
It wasn't really a disaster because of things he did or things he didn't do, but because the set up was all wrong!
So, in typical Robyn fashion, I got a bee in my bonnet one afternoon and had to DO something!
I didn't have the cash flow to go buy organizational supplies!
This was going to be a 'use what you have' kind of project.
As a matter of fact, I struggled whether to post this on my Project page or Frugal page...Projects won out!
Although it would have fit nicely into the Frugal page as well.
So, I started by taking everything out (by everything, I mean everything!)
Clothes, toys, hangers, hampers, rods, shelves, whatever may be in there, get it out!!
Now, my son's closet happens to be the one that sits on the upper portion of our stairs so we have a lovely slanted part of the floor to deal with.
First: who ever lived here before us tried to put shelves on the slant. Big mistake because the shelves were always leaning!
This caused whatever was on the shelf to fall off, a lot!!
Next: the rod ran across the entire width of the closet, which caused two problems.
1) shelves sat on top of the rod and any additional shelving was impossible to install.
2) no support in the middle...sag!
The Answer: I hung two rods over the slanty part. Moving the rods to the depth of the closet,as opposed to being across the closet, gave the rods no sag and it actually provided more hanging space!
Then: I had several of those four cubical shelving units (psst...Walmart sells them for $20)
I stacked three of them in the corner of the closet which went from floor to ceiling.
(be sure to secure them to the wall)
one, I sat next to the tower.
The tower allows me to store less used items
(sheet sets, games, etc.)
While the lower shelving allows my son to keep his clothes and a few toys readily available.
Finally: Plenty of storage and hanging space plus lots of room for the hamper!!
It turned out fabulously!
My son loves it because he can find things and like his mama has discovered the joy of
everything has a place and everything in its place!