Laundry. I talk about laundry a lot. To friends, to family, on twitter. Laundry is my nemesis and I am always searching for solutions to make my life in this department. I love laundry tips. I have a lot of laundry. So while I dream of a double stackable washer/dryer system this is what I have come up with that is helping to make a dent in my life of laundry - a kid closet.
All the kids clothing in one place, in what used to be our library, the room right next to the laundry closet.
Each child has a separate shelf for pants, shirts and pj's. Undies, socks, tights, and hats are separated into individual labeled bins on the shelves above. These bins were $1 at the Dollar Tree.
Dress clothes and sweaters are hung on colored hangers. One color for each child, and Chase is currently sharing until I pick up a pack of white hangers for him. We have red, pale blue, pale pink and hot pink. I found these at Walmart and Target.
It has been a cheap and satisfying project. We already had a pole to hang the clothing on and the bins cost $13. Our boys folded piles have issues with staying neat (no surprise!) so I am hoping to pick up larger milk crate style bins in the future, one for their pants and one for shirts.
This also doubles at my sewing room/crafting studio and we kept a large wing chair in the room to enjoy the phenomenal views. The kids like to occupy it while I sew and chit-chat away, waiting for scraps of fabric.
Not needing dressers has cleared up oodles of space in the kids room. We moved toys, dress-up clothes and one dresser into the closet in their room. There are no more piles of clothes in their bedroom that somehow "fell" out of their dresser or clothes piled on the closet floor that should of, or were, hung up. Having their closet right by the laundry means I see it all the time and can keep tabs on the neatness and easily see where training is needed.
Here are some links to other family closets:
Lots of Kids
Another Lots of Kids article with photos