Organizing Closets With A Growing Family {Reveal}

If you have children, then you probably remember the stress that came over you when your first child was due in just a few short months.  My guess is (since I don’t have any little ones) that preparing for the first child is the hardest.

I started several closet projects a few weeks ago with a growing family (baby is due in June).  Our focus was the master bedroom closet, baby’s closet, guest room closet, and linen closet.  We talked about other areas that could use some organizing but our time was focused on the above areas.

Let’s start with the nursery closet shall we.  It looked like this:

Nursery Closet Before | Pure & Simple

Why yes that is a lot of “stuff”.  The closet had been used to store everything from paint to scuba gear to the wedding dress.  We donated items, moved some tools to another location that made more sense, and transferred extra storage items to the guest room closet.  We needed to make way for baby after all.

The family intends to use the closet for clothes and toy storage.  Children’s clothes are so small that is it is more effective to use the closet space for several categories.  And the after:

Nursery Closet After| Pure & Simple

Now the guest bedroom closet.

Guest Closet Before | Pure & Simple

A theme is starting to form here.  Lots ‘o stuff.  This closet was mainly packed with clothes and blankets.  There were many, many bags of donations that came from this closet.  Their goal was to make this a functioning guest closet for when their parents visit and to store items from the nursery closet.

Guest Closet After | Pure & Simple

Much better!  The top shelf is used for “Memory Lane” items such as photo albums and the like.

The master bedroom closet was rather interesting.  When they opened the doors during the consultation, I said “Where are all the clothes?”  They were living out of laundry baskets instead of using the closet.  Clean clothes were left in the laundry basket and items were retrieved from there.  The closet required an initial “setup” to function so they could finish the last part of that chore:  hang up clothes.

Master Closet Before | Pure & Simple

Master Closet After | Pure & Simple

We used a few fun organizing options for scarves, jewelry, and ties.

Organizing Closet Accessories | Pure & Simple

Shadow boxes are my favorite way to organize and display jewelry.  I’ve blogged about my love for shadow boxes here.  The best options can be purchased at Home Goods or TJ Maxx.

We used the Walnut Tie Spinner to store the men’s ties.  This was my first time using a tie organizer; I was very impressed!

I’m always searching for ways to better organize scarves. The Real Simple Scarf & Belt Organizer worked great in this closet.  The scarves were fairly compact so we hung them in the back of the closet.  Easy to get to but out of the way.

Be sure to check out the Facebook page for more pictures of the linen closet and insta-pantry!

What are your organizing recommendations for the parents-to-be?

Until next time…

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Inside the Organizer’s Home {Bathroom}…

Next edition of “Inside the Organizer’s Home”.  Bathroom style! 🙂

My bathroom is not huge, but not super small either.  It is just long and narrow.  There is a small linen closet in the bathroom {huge help}, and some “under the sink” space.  The sink sits pretty tall so the cabinets underneath are as equally tall.  That sounds great, but to be honest it is a huge waste of space.  I think closet and cabinet companies should employ me to help design their stuff!  Geez! 🙂

I get sidetracked.  I installed an etagere above the toilet to take advantage of that wall space.  Check it out! 🙂

Holds: perfume, skincare, hair products, and soap

Linen Closet. Holds: shampoo, conditioner, lotions, towels, candles, and a few other misc items (light bulbs) 

I plan to update the etagere with scrapbook paper on the back.  Its helpful to use the wall space above the toilet but Im still struggling with organization inside the etagere.  Not a fan of baskets – just something else to pull out.  My current counter is VERY small, so finding room to set a basket down in order to use my face stuff — just typing it gets me worked up.  Not gonna happen.

If you have any snazzy bathroom organizing ideas, then please pass them along! 🙂

Until next time…