I don't know about you guys, but I can hardly keep up with my kids' stuff. Their miscellany creeps up on the floor and before I know it, it closes in on their play space. And who has time at the end of each and every busy day to pick up each and every toy or article of clothing they decide to take out?
I asked "The Closet Lady," a.k.a. Doreen Tuman, for her advice. With more than 22 years of experience organizing closets and designing interior spaces, she was kind enough to share some easy ways we moms can avoid the dreaded "stuff creep."
Hook It Up:
Kids just love to play dress-up, and parents just love it when kids can put their own things away. Tuman says that by placing tons of hooks around your kids' room at eye level, you'll keep heavy-rotation backpacks, coats, clothing and hats out of closets and off the floor, while allowing your kids easy access to them.
Whether they pull out in an organizational system or sit on a shelf, baskets make for amazing toy receptacles, and allow toys and games to be organized into categories. Safely store LEGOs, stuffed animals or games in baskets, and your kids can grab them at a glance -- not to mention, put them away easily!
Double (or Triple) Your Closet Space
Tuman says that even the most basic closet customization can maximize closet space that often goes unused. Try adding adjustable shelves close together to hold sweaters or shoes. Another easy fix? If your kids are young, simply add a rod about 2 1/2 feet below the standard closet rod, and double your hanging space!
Give your children the opportunity to undress themselves by placing a laundry basket in their room. "If you give a place for kids to put their own clothes away, you teach them good habits," says Tuman. "If they learn when they're very little, they'll get used to doing it and won't have to be told all the time."
Great point! Here's to fall cleaning!
Want to know more about The Closet Lady? Visit her website!