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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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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.
5 of 9While rolling up belts isn't quite as fun as unrolling them, this easy storage technique will motivate kids to keep belts neat (and to wear them).
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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.
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Add a Little Whimsy
Designate one part of a small child's closet to their dress-up clothes and special toys for a magical space they can open up whenever the mood strikes. Outfit the closet in a large, colorful playtime-inspiring wallpaper backdrop and let imaginations run wild.