Nora’s New Closet + How I Organize Toddler Clothes

posted by Andrea | 01/22/2014

nora's new closet

Last week, I shared all about Nora’s new big girl room makeover – but I sneakily withheld any visible images of her closet area as I wanted to save the whole “clothes organizing” deal for a separate post.

So as promised, I’m sharing all the goods on her new closet, as well as how we’re organizing all her cute little toddler clothes, shoes, and accessories in the new space.

The first thing you might notice is that there are no doors on the closet anymore — however, no doors are a VAST improvement over the crazy 80′s mirrored doors that used to be on EVERY closet door in our entire house!

We actually made a conscious decision NOT to put doors (or even a curtain) on Nora’s closet for a variety of reasons:

  1. The glass doors were hideous — and a potential safety hazard as Nora loved to run and “bang” into them or slap at them with her hands.
  2. Nora really likes flinging doors open and slamming doors closed — and I really don’t think it’s an attempt to be naughty — but it still gets old. FAST!
  3. Doors of any type kind of get in the way of removing clothing since it’s an odd shaped closet.
  4. Nora would pull on a curtain so it would probably just come down anyway.
  5. As you’ll see by some of the pictures below, this closet is really deep and has a little spot for her to play in the back of it — so I wanted her to have easy access without doors in the way
  6. No one sees the inside of her closet except us (and now all of you!)
  7. I personally don’t like any type of bi-fold doors, so if we did get doors, I would want mini French doors like we did in our nursery (see photo below) and I couldn’t find anything I liked for a reasonable price.

nursery closet doors

It’s been a few weeks since the closet was finished and so far, we’re all loving the no doors aspect of it — but if worse comes to worse and we want doors in the future, they won’t be too difficult to add.

Here are a few more pictures of her new closet (I’ll share specific product details below).

Obviously, her hanging clothes are in the closet along with several t-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, undershirts, etc. in the hanging shoe caddy (which is one of my favorite kids-clothes organizing tools ever!)

The 2 floral bins up top are mostly just decorative right now. We’re using one as a dirty clothes basket (so Nora can’t reach it and pull everything out!) and the other is just empty. I might use that as a place to put out-grown clothing until I give it away.

I also hung a set of hooks under her clothing since she told me she needed a spot for all her purses and bags :)

The next couple photos give a better look at how deep the closet is. There is TONS of space back there for her to lounge around with her babies and read books.

The clothes rod goes further back than what we need — so we have room to grow I guess. Also, if you look to the left side of the photo below, you’ll see a couple hooks. We use those to hang her PJ’s and a mesh laundry bag for her dirty socks and tights.

And yes, eventually, we can easily install a 2nd clothing rod below the current rod for more storage if necessary. But for now, we have PLENTY, and Nora loves “hiding out” in her closet.

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Speaking of “plenty of storage”, we’re actually storing the majority of her clothing in the old armoire right next to the closet.

We’re storing all her sweatshirts, fleeces, and vests on the top shelf as those are often bulky and easier to fold than hang.

All her shoes and boots are on the next “level” (for the record, these are all her shoes that fit now and several pairs that are still a little big yet)

Her socks, tights, slippers, and hats are in the little 3-drawer cabinet on the left.

And her pants are all folded up in the clear plastic sock-drawer organizers (another one of my favorite kids-clothing organizing tools).

We also hung a tiny little set of hooks inside the cabinet door — another Nora request for her “neckwaces’ and hair cwips”. This is usually the FIRST thing she has to show people when they come to see her new room. She flings open the armoire door and excitedly points to the hooks saying, “those Nora’s neckwaces’!”

The bottom drawer of the armoire contains clothing for this coming spring and summer. The top drawer houses an extra sheet set and mattress pad cover (even though I normally only keep one set of sheets per bed, I’m told the extra set will be helpful when potty training is in full force!)

armoire

 

What Organizing “Tools” We Used:

Please keep in mind that although I’ve linked to almost all the tools we used for this mini organizing project, the MAIN reason we used these tools is because we already had all of them in our house.

So while these tools do seem to be working really well for us — I’m certain there are other organizing options out there too. “Free” is just kind of a no-brainer for us — especially since I almost never buy storage containers or supplies.

Hanging Shoe Organizer for her onesies and shirts (we just have it clipped halfway with a binder clip — but you could cut it off too)

Fabric Bins at the top of her closet — they were from Target a couple years ago and are no longer available via their website.

Wooden Shaker Peg Hooks in her closet — we’ve had these for a while… and here’s how you can make your own

Kids Huggable Hangers — seriously, we love these and I already have a set of the baby size (even smaller) stashed away for the new baby!

Mesh Garment Bag for washing tiny socks, slippers, tights, etc. (this is important because otherwise our front-loading washer will “eat” her tiny socks!

Clear 3-Drawer Cabinet for her socks, tights, hats, etc.

Clear Plastic Sock Drawer Organizers for her pants

Foldable White “Shelf” in the armoire — perfect to add shelf space to an overly tall shelf

Jewelry Hooks — something that was left in the closet by the previous owner!

nora's new closet

So that’s all for Nora’s new closet and toddler clothes storage — however if you want to see how I stored her tiny infant clothing in the nursery closet, you can read all about that here.

And just think, in a few more weeks, I’ll be sharing how I organize all our little boy’s things in the nursery closet — I wonder if baby boy clothing is just as much fun to organize :)

UPDATE: Here’s a link to the DIY photo display on the wall next to her closet.

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17 comments

  1. Paulette Smith

    01/22/2014

    As always, love the way you organize. You seem to think of everything. Also the pillow tucked into the corner of the closet…love the fabric! Is that one of those flannel-type tie blankets made into a pillow?

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Paulette — and yes, the pillows in the corner are EXACTLY the same as the fleece tie blankets… I just tied them around big fluffy pillows :) SUPER easy and cheap if you do it when the fleece is 75% off :)

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    Paulette Smith Reply:

    Thanks so much for the info!

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  2. Stel

    01/22/2014

    Love the no-doors. I also have no doors on my own closet, a weird non-square shape that used to be the added-on pantry when our bedroom was still the kitchen! (Old houses). Inside I have three sets of drawers, open shelves and open rails. It doesn’t bother me that there isn’t a door (was an awkward space to fit a door into, and no-one else really comes into our room.
    The pegs are a nice idea – I’m slowly converting rails in the bathrooms to pegs as well, much easier for the boys to use.

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  3. Susan

    01/22/2014

    Lovely and so functional. The only thing you forgot to include is purple carpet.

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — no purple carpet necessary for this closet makeover :)

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  4. Shelly

    01/22/2014

    This is so helpful. I think I can use several of the tips. I have also gone the no-door route and love it. I intended to put curtains up but it is so easy with nothing that I just left it. Question: Do we know about the picture thing on the wall beside the closet? It looks really neat. Have you talked about it somewhere? I’d love to do that in my kids’ rooms.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Shelly — here’s the link to the SUPER SIMPLE photo collage tutorial

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  5. Deb

    01/22/2014

    LOVE your blog, once you have a boy, you will find that they have half as many clothes! ;) There is one typo in your post, under #2, get’s should just be gets. ;)

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — we have a pretty good amount of boy clothing though (almost ALL hand-me-downs from friends and family!)

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  6. J.C.

    01/22/2014

    If you want to save even more armoire space, try making her bed twice–it also saves so much time in the middle of the night after accidents, nose bleeds, or sick episodes. What I mean is put on the mattress pad & sheets like normal, then tuck in the flat sheet, layer on top the extra mattress pad & then the second set of sheets. Unless you have an extra thick mattress, the second layer fits on just fine. Then when the top layer gets dirty/wet, just strip them off quickly & the bed is all set for little one to climb back in & go back to sleep without waiting for the bed to be remade. I love saving those few precious minutes during the night & I don’t have to take up any extra drawer space! :-)

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, I actually do this already with our crib — and I’m planning to do it with Nora’s bed too. We just haven’t started potty training yet so I haven’t taking the time to re-make the bed. Plus, I JUST got the 2nd mattress pad for a full size bed so I couldn’t have done it before :)

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  7. Heart and Haven

    01/22/2014

    I love using “non-traditional” items for kids clothes storage too.

    - We installed the IKEA Expedit on each side of the closet with double rods hanging between them. Works great for folded clothes for each of the kids, and has held up great (we actually installed them 4 years ago!).
    Using vertical space, takes up much less space than a traditional dresser. We have 2 kids sharing a small 10×10 room, so efficient storage was definitely essential!
    - We also found these DVD baskets (also from IKEA) for storage for “socks” & “undies”: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/90119170/. 2 fit perfectly side-by-side in a cubby

    I love the new baseboards and door casing you added. Have you done a post on the new trim?

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  8. Kayla H

    01/22/2014

    I love when you post about Nora. She seems to have a big personality for such a little girl, like she’s going on 30. She seems to think of everything (the details), just like her mom. Her room looks so nice!

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  9. Angie

    01/22/2014

    I love everything you do! And I feel like you’re my BFF. I adore Nora…she is soooooooooo cute! I’m just wondering…do you iron y’all’s clothes?

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Angie — and NO, I never iron anything. I’ve actually only ironed once since I’ve been married (7.5 years) so that shows you how much I iron. Dave on the other hand… he irons all his stuff every week :)

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    Angie Reply:

    Ha! You have trained him well!

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