I originally planned to keep two dressers and install more closet rods. Then a friend of mine who works at a major retail store told us that his store was closing and selling off all their fixtures. We went shopping. We came home with goodies for remodeling our pantry in an attempt to store more food for emergency preparedness (hopefully I will post on this later) and with hanging racks and cubbies for the closet.
We have 6 columns of cubbies, and four rows. Since we have 6 kids this seems to work. Each kid has a tub for socks and undies, pjs, shorts (pesky things - don't like to stay on hangers) and shoes. On the top of the cubbies, there is a small plastic basket for tights. We keep all the girls' tights together since guessing the size is next to impossible. Next to that is a wicker basket filled with swimsuits. I decided that since we occasionally go swimming in the winter, I needed easy access to them.
This also helped me find a solution for The Bathrobes! We have tried finding places for these things, but nothing has ever worked. Now each kid has a spot for a bathrobe.
I put a laundry hamper (not pictured) in the room so that they have a place for dirty laundry. For some reason, I did not foresee them wanting to actually dress in here, presuming they would take their clothes to the bathroom. This created quite a problem as I couldn't figure out which clothes were dirty and which were clean that they "dropped" while putting laundry away.
This project was the culmination of a lot of trial and error, pondering and planning. We removed 4 dressers and a table along with 3 boxes that had never been dealt with since our move (almost 5 years ago). The room still needs painted (school bus yellow walls and ceilings are rather nauseating), some wiring needs run for the computer and an overhead light needs to be installed. But finally, this space is usable.
Do you have a family closet? Or a laundry system that is workable for your family? Share your ideas!
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