How To Create An Organized Kids Closet

The Sweetest Digs
by The Sweetest Digs
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3 Hours
I'm back today with the 'afters' of Maya's closet. We tried to keep this one on budget, and I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out. It is pretty but also packs in function. And the best part? We still have some room to grow into it. She definitely has the nicest closet in the house - lucky little lady! After finishing the wallpaper, it was time to create an organized closet!
In order to figure out what made the most sense for how to lay out the closet, we wrote out a list of what we would be wanting to store in there. In her dresser, Maya has her tee-shirts, long sleeve shirts, pants/leggings, and PJs. All other clothing items (socks, underwear, shorts, sweaters, dresses, etc) were for the closet, but in addition to that I wanted to be able to put away all of her "accessories" (head bands, bracelets, etc), diapers and wipes, her carrier, extra blankets and linens, and awkward stuff like her lifejacket.
The other thing that we took into consideration was the longevity of the interior fittings - we wanted the closet to be able to grow with her and accommodate her changing storage needs. We had already built the one shelf at the top and installed a long rod along the length of the closet. Instead of doing a double railing or anything else built-in, we opted to go for an IKEA Kallax unit.
This would mean we could have a mixture of pull-out baskets, drawers, and the top shelf of the unit for shoes. Because it isn't built-in, it's easy to move out down the road if Maya ends up wanting to switch things up.
We used the two by four kallax unit in high gloss white (this one), which runs about $100. We paired it with the Skubb baskets in light green (these - $18 for three), four Kallax drawer units (that fit into 2 of the box spaces), and also decided to get a Skubb hanging multi-shelf in the same green (this guy - costs $10). The light green just happened to go so nicely with the floral paper and minty doors. A couple of big bins on the top shelf (got those from HomeSense) help to organize some of the bulkier stuff on the upper shelf.
After we assembled the closet system, we started to organize the items. To see how I did that, as well as all the finished photos, click through to the full post here!
Suggested materials:
  • Kallax unit   (ikea)
  • Storage bins   (ikea/home sense)
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  • Joni Kinsey Joni Kinsey on Apr 28, 2016
    What's the brand & name of the color on the closet doors, I love it! Thinking that's the color for my kitchen cabinets and laundry room

  • Antonia_bishop Antonia_bishop on Jul 10, 2017
    did your closet always have sliding doors or did you put thm in my daughter has a closet like this but she has bi fold doors which we have taken off

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  • Linda Abate Linda Abate on Feb 24, 2018
    Love the look of this closet. The wall paper is awesome and the amount of storage gained is terrific. Love the fact that these storage bins can be used for not only clothes storage but also for shoes as well. Great job.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Sep 16, 2022

    Bifold doors take up more floor space than sliding doors, which can be an issue in small rooms. I think this is a larger consideration than being able to access the entire inside of the closet at any one time.