Repurposing Storage Space

A few weeks ago I re-arranged my kitchen cabinets.  It is been a very efficient and user-friendly system since.

Now a different area of the home is out of balance and needs a solution: the boys’ clothing storage situation.  Perhaps you can relate to the following scenario:  Child wants to get dressed.  Child then pulls out one (or more) shirts/pants/ etc. and the entire drawer/shelf/ etc. consequently ends up all over the floor.  Maybe it’s just in my house…

When I taught English, I did a creative thinking exercise with my students where a common everyday object was shown to the class and the students needed to brainstorm how this object could be used in non-conventional ways.  Real Simple magazine has a column called ‘New Uses for Old Things’ which is of the same concept.  When it comes to home organizing, I like find new uses for existing storage.  It’s sometimes a matter of thinking out of the box for a solution and then shifting around the items.

I decided to use the cabinet space in the bookcase for clothing storage.  I liked this idea because this is the room where I fold laundry so it makes it more convenient for put-away.  I do not have a before photo with the cabinets filled with playthings because these are generally all over the floor before cleanup time, so instead of cleaning up for the photo op, I just shifted everything around.

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Closet-before.  It was organized yesterday–really!
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Bookcase with cabinets.  Currently toys inside. No photo to share because it’s playtime and the toys are in use and not in the cabinet.

 

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Top shelf-DS6.  Bottom shelf DS10.
Boys Clothes socks + underwear
Socks, Underwear, Kippot, Tzitzit.  Top shelf DS6 and bottom shelf DS10.
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Top shelf-DS2.  Bottom shelf-PJs for DS6, DS2, and DS10.
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Closet-after.  Look!  A floor.  DS10 has started to put school books here.  DS6 will probably use for special toys.

Not pictured: There is a hanging bar opposite these cubbies and drawers.  Shabbos shirts are hung up.  There are four more cubbies utilized by DS18.

Not pictured: On the top railing of the boys’ bunk bed is one of those over-the-door thingys with multiple hooks.  Jackets and hooded sweatshirts are hung there.

To note: I have transitioned about 85% of summer clothes to winter clothes.  Seeing everything neatly folded gives me a good idea where there are clothing gaps to fill such as DS6 needs more pants and DS2 needs more shirts and pants.  Even with clothing gaps, I choose not to own tons of clothes because a) I can keep on top of the laundry process better and b) My home has limited storage.  Ideally, each child will have a week’s worth of outfits plus 2-3 Shabbos outfits and a few pairs of pjs for each season.

This project was completed a few hours ago. It took about 1.5 hours to shift everything around. Once the week progresses I will see how this system is working. As I tell my clients, nothing is set in stone.  In the future I may decide to switch things back, but for now this seems to be the best clothing storage option.

Thanks for reading.

Karen T.K.K. The Klutter Koach

October 22, 2017

 

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