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

 

Published by Karen Furman, The Klutter Koach

Hi. I'm Karen Furman. I have a background in teaching and I have always loved sharing knowledge and inspiring others. I create home organizing solutions to maximize space and transform homes spaces from chaos to calm by helping my clients make their space more functional.

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