Organizing the Boys’ Closet

One of the ‘nesting’ projects I’ve been working on these past few weeks is organizing the boys’ closet. When we switched rooms a few months back, we had a much bigger closet Β to work with than what was in the old nursery. I wanted to maximize the space for storage but not just cram it full of stuff since we had space.

Before:

The day we switched rooms. A blank slate to work with!!

After:

A clutter free, organized closet for our boys! I love that there is plenty of free space, it makes me feel like we have plenty of room and that we don’t have too much stuff!

The bottom shelves contain linens. The top shelf currently holds theΒ Boppy, Weston’s bag which is packed and ready to go to the hospital, the basket contains outerwear and Paxton’s shoes! I’ll probably store some toys on the floor in here, after Christmas I’m doing some toy de-cluttering and organizing {if I have the energy and Weston hasn’t arrived yet!}

Weston doesn’t have many hanging clothes at this time since his wardrobe is primarily made up of bodysuits, sleepers and gowns. I do have a few of his new outfits hanging up though just because I love to look at sweet baby clothes! The only clothes of Paxton’s that I hang are his khakis, button ups and sweater vets and jackets.

The top shelf contains newborn diapers, baby slings,wraps, swaddle blankets, educational games and disposables for Paxton {for Sunday mornings!}

My wonderful hubby built an additional top shelf so we’d have room to store clothes:

On the left side I have Weston’s clothes that he’ll be growing into.

I purchased 4 sweater boxes {2 for each child} and that’s how I’m storing these for now. I also have a medium size tub that contains Paxton’s clothes he wore from 8 to 16 months, once Weston grows into the clothes in these boxes, I’ll rotate the clothes in the larger tub into these.

I’m trying to keep clothing fairly minimal and for the most part, the contents of these boxes are enough to fully outfit him through each of these sizes. And I know the sizing seems odd, 3-4 months and 5-7 months but that is based on the age and season that Paxton was when he wore that size. If Weston is smaller or larger than his big brother those age ranges definitely won’t apply…we’ll see soon!

On the right hand side are clothes for Paxton to grow into. I haven’t done much buying ahead but we’ve been blessed with hand-me-downs that we’re storing for him to grow into. He’s currently wearing some 2T items but most are too large and I’m anticipating 2T to be his size in the spring. We also have been given some 3T, 4T and even 5T items which we’re storing for him too.

The boys’ closet is neatly organized and should be easy to maintain!

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11 Replies to “Organizing the Boys’ Closet”

  1. Splendid job! 95% of our clothes storage space is hanging, so your boys closet looks more simple than our family closet! πŸ™‚ The Bumbo chair was a total flop with Rita, but maybe the new baby will like it. We had a garage sale and sold most of our baby "gear" – swing, portable high chair, vibrating seat – so it will be interesting to see how things pan-out not having those baby machines. We might end-up having an evening trip to purchase a baby swing at Once Upon a Child, if this up and coming baby so requires. I guess our approach with this baby is "let's wait and see if we can do without" and for Rita it was the more traditional stock-up.
    We just started to do a disposable diaper for the night because Rita wakes up very alarmed (screaming and crying πŸ˜‰ ) if she wets her diaper, which is happening now that she is drinking lots of water and eating food all day long. I love how she eats/snacks all day – it's perfect for this pregnant momma!

    1. I agree about the baby stuff. We have a Bumbo and it's nice but definitely not a necessity as some would make you believe! We borrowed a swing with Paxton and this time around we have a bouncer/rocker, it's actually a baby to toddler model so Paxton can fit in it too. I love that we can rock the baby in it as well as turn on the vibration and it takes much less space than a swing. We'll see if he likes it though! πŸ™‚

      And yes, we're totally trying to see what we can do without for this baby. We have a very basic wardrobe this go round (not many 'fancy outfits'…and the ones we have were Paxton's, just practical bodysuits, cotton pants and sleepers.) The things I think that are going to be must haves with baby number two are slings/baby wraps. I have purchased a sling and a new wrap {a baby k'tan which seems easier than a moby wrap for on the go} and I'm hoping we both find these to be comfortable!!

      And look into the Kawaii Baby Goodnight Heavy Wetter diaper. Paxton was soaking through his BumGenius diapers stuffed with all kinds of different doublers, we even tried wool and he was leaking! We tried the Goodnight Heavy Wetter {which are like $13} and we've not had an issue anymore. I don't know if this would solve your problem because I don't know exactly how dry the diaper feels on the baby!

  2. I really admire how tidy and well-organized you are! I'm still expecting my first and I already feel like there's too much stuff in her (it's a girl) room!

    I love the tagged boxes containing the boys' clothes. It's very practical.

    1. Babies do seem to come with a lot of stuff and family and friends want to give you stuff for baby which is fun and very helpful but can quickly become overwhelming! We've tried to keep pared down to the basics and just a few 'extras' to keep the clutter out of our home. We returned duplicate items {who really needs 30 onesies in 1 size??}, donated items we didn't need but couldn't return and have sold a bunch of clothing and some baby gear as Paxton has outgrown it or we found it to be useless to us.

      Congrats on your baby girl…I do think if I had a girl I'd be much more tempted to go a little bit more overboard on clothes…those dresses, leggings, bows and shoes for baby girls are just too adorable!!

  3. Aww, look at how cute those itty-bitty outfits look on the hangers! Everything looks so neat and organized. I love when you post photos of your home cleaning/decor/organization. Now I'm moved to go organize my closet!

    1. I love the itty bitty outfits…I'm just enjoying looking at them {and opening up the drawer containing newborn items, I know he'll outgrow these sweet tiny things too fast!} I've found keeping things organized means it's easier to maintain and I have a feeling with 2 under 2 it'll be even more important!! And, I agree, reading about and seeing pictures of other people's home organization is motivating! πŸ™‚

  4. I am really striving to simplify my life – starting with the stuff! I love the posts you share like this one – I agree with Molly, they are inspiring! We are in an apartment and there is not much room for storage and I am really trying hard to make the space we have work better. I struggle though because it's things like holiday decor that I have a hard time storing – and I have it limited to one plastic bin! I can't wait until we have a home that we can make our own and really settle into πŸ™‚

    1. I know it's hard with limited storage. We have a smaller home but do have a garage for things like Christmas decor {I also only have one tub also, plus the artificial tree}. Good luck simplifying the stuff, I know it's a continual process around here and it's especially hard this time of year. {My hubby & I are both overwhelmed with the toys that Paxton has been given so far and we've not received all of his gifts from family!} I have a feeling if baby waits until his due date, John David and I will be doing some deep purging the days after Christmas!!

  5. I'm thinking about scaling back on the amount of clothes I have for our little ones and I loved how you were able to fit the sizes in those bins! I find it hard to get rid of clothing that family buy for us as they get so excited to see the kiddos in them. (They jusy buy so much!!) I have to fit clothes for two kids now in a tiny closet, so this post was very inspiring!

    1. It is hard with clothes when family purchases them! Paxton wears most of those items but the ones that we don't love are sold or donated and not stored for Weston once he outgrows them. Best wishes organizing your small space for two…it should be a fun challenge! πŸ™‚

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