The other day I told you it just didn’t make sense to have the boys
junk stuff scattered in the upstairs playroom, across the house in a downstairs bedroom (AND everywhere in between). I have not regretted moving them upstairs for one single second. We just made it work even better by adding closet rods! Adding closet rods is an easy update, you don’t need a handyman (although I did cheat and call on Stud). Hanging rods are inexpensive and an easy way to create space!
Upstairs there is just one small closet. As I brainstormed with my sisters, we thought about extending the closet, but the more we talked the more dollar signs I was seeing. So I decided to go for a temporary fix and take some time to process my plan.
While shopping for groceries (I love supercenters and I’m pretty sure they love me, too), I spotted a clothing rod on wheels for twenty – ish dollars! Perfect temporary housing for my boys’ shirts! I quickly realized the wheels didn’t work well on carpet and because of the slant of the ceiling upstairs there was really only one spot for the temporary clothing rod – in between the bunks and wall. Guess how much variety my boys had in clothing for the couple months they used this system?! Not much – the shirt in front! If you saw the pics above — they did have variety in play — those shelves in the closet were a constant disaster! I’ve learned that games and little boys rooms don’t mix well (the games have since been moved out of their room).
Before measuring their clothes, I thought the slant in the closet wouldn’t allow for two rods, but with a little measuring, we realized it was plenty of space, especially if the rest of their clothing was stored in a dresser. Removing the shelves only required a little hammering! And adding the clothing rods took all of 2-3 screws on each side of each rod.
This is one of those projects that as we finished, Stud looked at me and asked, ‘What took us so long to get this done!?’ I have a cool book that tells what age new chores should be introduced to a child.
Age 6 – Organize own drawers. Organize own closet.
My boys are almost 7 and 8. I’ve found the best way to help them learn is to do my part in clearing the path to help them find success — make sure the rod is reachable, keep the closet and drawers as sparse as possible (clutter confuses all of us, especially when we’re learning a new task), give them simple instructions, and then let them keep trying until they get it — I think they’re doing great (see below).
I’ll show you where the rest of the clutter ended up real soon. When we moved to our new-to-us house, the entire sell-pack-buy time period was exactly 22 days! The packing process went very smooth (packing tips here), but once in our new house, we had only two days before leaving for a weeks vacation in Florida. We made it home and school started the next day! It has been a whirlwind, so spending these last few weeks reworking everything has been such a treat for me! Making sure everything has a place where it belongs is so important!
I’m so excited to show you more of my organization solutions and hope they will help you in your home, too!