Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Organizing my Kids' Dressers

Yesterday I showed how I changed over and organized the girls' closets for fall. (See that post here.)


Today I wanted to focus more on their drawers.
And because my younger daughter only has 1 small dresser, I wanted to show you how I  created more "drawer space" in her closet.


I mentioned in (yesterday's post) that I decided to hang all of her shirts. 



I then rolled up her leggings and sweat pants and tucked them neatly inside these bins.


This actually makes it much easier to see everything all at once and is very easy to maintain. {Score.}

So then I was left with Jeans/Cords, Undies, and PJs--all of which would fit into her three-drawered dresser. Pretty self-explanatory--except I did come up with a little trick to help keep her PJs semi-organized and allowing my two year old to pick them out herself. (We are at the age where she wants to do everything herself so I'm trying not to fight it as much as I can.)


I found a piece of foam board and cut it (not very neatly obviously) to the width of her PJ drawer. 


I then covered it with the same wrapping paper that I used to line the drawers.



I then simply shimmied it down the middle of the drawer and added some chalkboard labels.


Now it was ready to put tops in on one side and the bottoms on the other. The best part about this is my little one can pick and pull her jammies all she wants and I'm not going to make a fuss. Some battles are just not worth having. As long as they aren't on the floor, I am happy.


Onto my oldest...


Her dresser drawers were already black. But I decided to take them out and give all the fronts a quick couple of coats of chalkboard paint. (If you have been following along here at all, you are probably aware--I love that stuff!!)


I used the same wrapping paper as Lil' Sis to line the drawers (just makes for a fun surprise when you open the drawer--don't you think?).


And I am now able to label to my heart's content. (I didn't even mean to rhyme there. Cool eh?)


The best part is that everyone knows where things go--including hubs. Hear that honey? :)


Well, along with making the drawers a little prettier and more functional on the outside, I decided to rethink the inside a little as well. First I switched things around a bit, putting shorts up in a high drawer (because we have enough drawers and there is an occasional warm day where they may be needed) and pants and long sleeve shirts down low where my soon to-be-five-year-old can reach them. I used to roll her shirts and while I like this better than just stacking them on top of each other, I was running out of room. So, I decided to fold and stack them horizontally.






This makes it so much easier to see what she has and we still have plenty of room to add to if needed.

Stay tuned tomorrow to see how I made some easy, fun closet dividers.....






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12 comments:

  1. This looks great and eye catching. You did a great job organizing it... hopefully it will last throughout the fall :)
    This is also a great way to revamp the furniture. Thanks for sharing.
    Jillian

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    1. Thanks Jillian! i'm hoping it does last. I might be a little OCD but (so far anyway) my kids are definitely not! Wish me luck!!
      Susan

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    1. Thanks so much Jenny! Have a great rest of the week!
      Susan

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  3. I love the dresser revamp and the liners are a cute little bonus :-)

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    1. Thanks so much Anna! I love opening a drawer to pretty paper. Always gives me a little smile. :)

      Susan

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  4. Very fun! I could use you at my house.... I have a LOT of organizing to do....Thanks for the tips!

    I am your newest follower!

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    1. Thanks Mindi! Sorry it took me a bit to respond. Just got back from a week long vacation today! Ready to be back though! Thanks so much for following along!

      Susan

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  5. awesome! I am definitely inspired by this :) really love the chalkboard drawers ;) I just found some chalkboard contact paper I may play with vs. painting but loving the concept!

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    1. Thanks so much Lindsey! I also thought about mini chalkboards to hang from the dresser knobs too. But since her drawers were already black, I thought...why not? Thanks for coming by to visit!

      Susan

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  6. Swoon! This makes me giddy. Thanks so much for linking up!

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    1. Thanks Courtney! LOVE your blog! And your style! I'm sure I'll be back to link up again! :)
      Susan

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