A couple of years ago I first heard of the idea of using a hanging shelf to store children’s clothing in their closet. Stacey actually mentioned the idea of doing that on her post Getting Out the Door in Less Time. It was that post that finally inspired me to email Stacey and talk about writing together at Getting Through the Day. I’m so thankful that I did ask her! As we generate post ideas and talk about possibilities for future posts, I find myself growing in areas that I’ve been stagnant in for a while. Thanks Stacey for allowing me to share this little space in blog land with you!
Some time after hearing about using hanging shelves in kids closets, I decided to give it a try. I started with the girls. At the time I could not find a 7 shelf hanging organizer (one for each day of the week), so they have a 6 shelf organizer.
You can see that they have a very small closet. If they had tons of clothes this may not work with such a small closet. There’s a little hanging space for their dresses, and they stock panties, socks, tights, etc. in the drawers below. I have changed the way I do this with the girls a couple of times.
- When I first started this with the girls, they would help me pick either tops or bottoms, one for each shelf. I would pick a matching top or bottom, they’d add panties and socks, and then stock their organizer for the week. We’d always restock on Sunday evenings, and starting on Monday they’d take out outfits from top to bottom.
- Now I usually just stock them myself as I finish laundry and the girls pull out any outfit and wear it.
- There is no thinking about what to wear in the morning. Within about 10 seconds they decide on an an outfit, pull it out, and start getting dressed.
- As I finish laundry, I’m able to simply restock the empty shelves. It’s fast and easy!
- Do you see all of those extra pants for the boys in the picture? Yes, I overbought. Since using the shelves, I have come to realize that I don’t need more than 8 or 9 complete outfits for the kids — 7 for normal days, 1 or two for nicer clothes or an extra set “just in case”. Truly, anything more is excess, and honestly, if I didn’t like a little variety, I could probably get away with 4 or 5 total outfits per child with the frequency I do laundry. I have never shopped this way until now. As I start buying ahead for next winter this clearance season, I’m looking to buy in outfits to avoid pieces that don’t match anything and to stick to 7-9 total outfits per child. As I look at the excess in the kids’ drawers this winter, I realize that we have far more than we need.