Let's face it - most closets are installed with nothing but a top shelf and hanging rod. This setup is not very functional for an adult no less a child. Whether you have a single, double, hall or walk-in closet, using kid closet organizers will change the way you and your child use the space.
A child cannot reach their clothes so a hanging rod is not used very often. The bottom of the closet just becomes a catchall for everything with piles of stuff. The result is a lot of unused space and a messy room. Your child can't find anything and has no system to put away toys or other items. Great kid closet organizers can change this!
When the closet is organized it makes the rest of the room organized.
The most important thing to keep in mind when looking for kid closet organizers is flexibility. Can the system be modified? Can the height of the rod placement be changed as your child grows? Can the shelf placement be changed as well? These are all important and should be considered. I have outlined the steps for getting your child's closet the best system possible.
Start With An Assessment
- What do you intent to use the closet for? Are you going to be organizing clothes and toys?
- How much hanging space do you need? If your child is under 6 chances are you fold much of their clothing. The clothes you do hang are shorter and you could fit 2 hanging rods in one closet space and double your hanging space immediately.
- Divide up all items into categories. Decide what needs to be hung, placed on shelves or contained in bins.
- Measure your closet for height, width and depth.
- Decide on a budget that will work for you and start your search for a great system .
- Once you find the kid closet organizers you like consider whether you will install it yourself or have professional installation done. Most simple systems come with easy to follow instructions and can be done in one afternoon or day and don't require many tools or special skills.
- If you choose a built in option then professional installation is the way to go especially if you are not very handy or have no support person to help you.
- As your child grows continue to assess the need to change the configuration of the system.
- At least twice a year evaluate what is in the closet.
- All clothing that is out of season or no longer fits should be discarded, donated or placed in storage - the top shelf is a great place. It is still accessible but not taking away from prime closet space.
Types of Closet Organizers available
- MODULAR UNITS - these come in individual pieces that you can stack together.There are many inexpensive versions. Always think about what you will be using them for and buy the best quality that your budget will allow.
- CLOSET ORGANIZERS - these are a non-built in version that are mounted the wall with brackets. It is the brackets that then allow you to configure and change the components as needed. This offers the most flexibility for the money.
- CUSTOM BUILT IN CLOSETS - these are the top end closets..and if your budget allows by all means investigate. But, be prepared to spend at least $300 and up depending on how custom you go.
Both modular units and organizers can be found at The Coantiner Store by clicking on elfa®
- it is a popular closet system - they even have one special for kids - so check it out!
ONE LAST NOTE - I know there are those of you who rent or own older homes or have open spaces such as a loft. Unfortunately the price you pay for these unique spaces in lack of closet space. So, if you have a childs room without a built in closet there are options. One is an armoire - a great choice for a baby whose entire wardrobe is smaller, the other is a portable closet.
So, it doesn't matter what kind of kid closet organizer you pick as long as it works for you and your budget. Having a closet organization system for your child will change the way your child views his room and will make it an enjoyable place to be.
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