These tips will not only teach kids about keeping spaces tidy, they'll also enjoy the cleanup process with our selection of personalized, colorful, and fun ideas.
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Floor-level space and top shelves can hold canvas boxes and bins for out-of-season clothing and shoes. Keep totes and backpacks out of the way but within reach on a low shelf. To ensure that no space is wasted, you can even install a shelf above lower hanging rods to hold trays for scarves and gloves.
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Add Color, End Chaos
Give a toy shelf an ombre effect by painting wooden crates in several shades of the same color and then filling them with toys and other loose items.
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Here’s a winning pregame strategy for corralling athletic gear. Get a barebones shelving unit that holds sturdy bins and baskets. Drill holes in two shelves to anchor bungee-cord hooks, stretch the cords between them, and stash balls inside. This system slows their roll and keeps them visible, so your home team can grab, go, and clean up (score!) with ease. Tip a pallet upright to serve as a streamlined caddy for bats, rackets, and sticks.
THE DETAILS: IKEA Ivar 2-section shelving unit, $71; Ivar label holder, $1; Sockerbit box with lid, $10; and Observatör clip-on basket, $3, ikea.com. Reese Secure standard bungees, 36", $5.50 for 2, amazon.com. The Container Store white wire basket with wooden handles, $20, containerstore.com.
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These DIY drawstring pouches are a fun project kids can help with, and ideal for storing out-of-season clothing and accessories and minimizing closet messes.
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Hanging a laundry bag on the closet door already saves more space than a hamper on the closet floor -- and leaving it open means the kids won't have to wrestle with a drawstring in order to keep their dirty clothes out of sight. Plus, it's fun to throw clothes in from across the room.
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Use wooden brackets in your kid's closet to prevent stacks of folded clothes and linens from toppling.
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To make these labels, affix masking tape in square outlines to fronts of drawers or tins; cover each square with latex chalkboard paint. Let dry; remove tape. To add a border, place two strips of masking tape parallel to each other on opposite sides of square; paint, let dry, and remove tape. Repeat with two other sides. Your child can change the contents as they wish, and relabel accordingly.
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When you have more than one child in the house, their items can find their way into each other's closets, making the mess even trickier. Use personalized rubber stamps and iron-on labels to put their names on everything to make sorting easier.