HOME: 6 TIPS FOR A SHARED NURSERY CLOSET MAKEOVER

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We are a family of four in a cozy (read: small) 2 bedroom, 1 office home. Small rooms and even smaller closets. When we first moved here, 5 years ago, we realized our master closet was smaller than our nursery closet, so I kept my clothes in the nursery closet since most baby clothes are foldable and we didn’t have a ton of toys to store. Fast forward, 5 years with a 5 year old + 1 new baby later, and this now shared nursery is overflowing with toys and all the new baby things, while the closet is a hot mess of laundry, clothes I rarely wear or haven’t worn in years, and random kid stuff. It was time for a major shared nursery closet makeover with new The Container Store closet essentials to make the most of this small space.

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Since I’m a working mom outside the home, I wanted to hire organization experts to optimize this small closet to fit the items used on a more regular basis. I heard amazing things about Neat Method, and scheduled a consultation visit with their San Francisco team to figure out our strategy.

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Shared Nursery Closet Makeover Organization - Container Store - Neat Method - SHARED NURSERY CLOSET MAKEOVER featured by popular San Francisco lifestyle blogger, Sylvie in The Sky

The Neat Method team arrived on a rainy morning, took a look at the current state of the closet as well as the rest of the nursery/kid’s room and we came up with a plan that required work on my end but made it so much easier and faster for the Neat Method team to implement and organize with our The Container Store closet essential items.

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I’m a big fan of tips, so here are the 6 tips that made this shared nursery closet makeover a success.

6 TIPS FOR A SHARED NURSERY CLOSET MAKEOVER

1. EVERYDAY, REGULAR USE: With such a small closet, we would only afford to keep the clothing and toys we used on a regular basis. So, I conducted a thorough audit of every single item in that crazy closet. Seasonal items – heavy sweaters and coats, evening dresses, vacation clothing, etc. needed to be stored either under bed or in clear storage bins in the garage so we could access them when needed. Anything else that I hadn’t touched in a year or more was placed in large donation bags and dropped off. And the everyday, regular use clothes (blog post on this coming soon) and toys that were left were divided into clear plastic bins for the Neat Method team to organize back into the closet.

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2. SPACE SAVING HANGERS: My closet hanger situation was a hodgepodge of bulky plastic hangers, dry cleaning hangers, and a few cheap non slip hangers that snapped in half on the regular. The Neat Method team replaced ALL the closet hangers for me and the kids with sturdy Joy Mangano huggable hangers from The Container Store.

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Unlike the cheap ones I bought 5 years ago, the Joy Mangano non slip hangers have a much stronger construction – it would be hard to snap one of those hangers!

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Using all slim, huggable hangers meant we could accommodate both my regular use clothing with the kids’ hanging only clothes (jackets, shirts, dresses) as well.

 

3. SOFT STORAGE BINS: Since babies have a lot of stuff that need to be accessed regularly – swaddle blankets, bibs, diapers, soft toys, baby carriers, and more – using lightweight soft storage bins with handles like these rugby stripe storage bins from The Container Store make it so easy to access. Also the soft construction makes them very baby and toddler friendly – no sharp corners or hard sides.

Shared Nursery Closet Makeover Organization - Container Store - Neat Method - SHARED NURSERY CLOSET MAKEOVER featured by popular San Francisco lifestyle blogger, Sylvie in The Sky

Shared Nursery Closet Makeover Organization - Container Store - Neat Method - SHARED NURSERY CLOSET MAKEOVER featured by popular San Francisco lifestyle blogger, Sylvie in The Sky

4. DOOR HOOKS: We never kept anything on the inside of our closet door or on the back of the shared nursery door. So when the Neat Method team suggested adding these adhesive storage hooks to our doors, it was a major game changer for us. Now we have a place to keep everyday jackets, hats, backpacks, towels, robes that Theo can easily access. And as he grows, and Olive grows, we can adjust the height of these hooks easily!

Shared Nursery Closet Makeover Organization - Container Store - Neat Method - SHARED NURSERY CLOSET MAKEOVER featured by popular San Francisco lifestyle blogger, Sylvie in The Sky

Shared Nursery Closet Makeover Organization - Container Store - Neat Method - SHARED NURSERY CLOSET MAKEOVER featured by popular San Francisco lifestyle blogger, Sylvie in The Sky

Shared Nursery Closet Makeover Organization - Container Store - Neat Method - SHARED NURSERY CLOSET MAKEOVER featured by popular San Francisco lifestyle blogger, Sylvie in The Sky

5. MODULAR TOY STORAGE: Before this shared nursery closet makeover, all of Theo’s toys were organized in small, shoebox sized plastic bins that were stacked on the bookshelves or underneath his bed. It looked terrible and made the room feel claustrophobic.

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The Neat Method saw this cube storage that we originally had in our hallway and suggested using this for our closet to store all the toys and a few storage bins. We slid it easily into our closet and cannot believe how many toys we can now keep out of sight. As a result, the entire shared nursery feels so much bigger and Theo LOVES his new toy closet.

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6. LABEL EVERYTHING: The final step in the Neat Method organization strategy involves labeling everything. It makes it super easy to find the things you need in storage bins and is helpful for family or babysitters since they’re not as familiar with everything. We used these Manila Gift Tags From The Container Store since we can easily update these with new tags if we add/change the contents of a bin.

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Before this Shared Nursery Closet Makeover, I kept that closet door closed at all times because I was so ashamed of how messy it was! Now, we keep the closet open because it’s easy for Theo to grab and replace toys he’s playing with, and because we are so in love with how organized it looks. Thanks to the affordable, space saving closet essentials from The Container Store and the organizational magic of The Neat Method, we have a closet that makes our house feel more like a home.

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29 Comments

  1. Stephanie Z wrote:

    I like the idea of labeling everything so that you quickly know where things are!

    Posted 5.10.18 Reply
  2. Barrie wrote:

    What a wonderful closet for your 2 kids. it is very clean and organized…wait till your kids play and see how it looks. LOL

    Posted 5.8.18 Reply
  3. Stephanie Z wrote:

    The adhesive storage hooks on the doors are not something I would have thought of, but they are nice to adjust the height as the child grows.

    Posted 5.5.18 Reply
  4. Joshua wrote:

    This Is a well organized #Jedi in training room ( notice the #LightSabres .) 🤖

    Posted 5.5.18 Reply
  5. Barrie wrote:

    I love the reorganizing ideas! The soft storage bags are an awesome idea.

    Posted 5.4.18 Reply
  6. Stephanie Z wrote:

    It is such a great idea to store items that are not regularly used elsewhere in the house to free up space in the closet!

    Posted 5.3.18 Reply
    • kathy wrote:

      I love it my closet needs some help

      Posted 5.4.18 Reply
  7. Janice wrote:

    Oh I could use help organizing our small closets too! My goal for the year is to declutter our house. Hopefully by the end of the year our closets will finally look as nice as yours.

    Posted 4.30.18 Reply
  8. kim wrote:

    I love your ideas! I totally need to follow your tips and do a closet cleanup!

    Posted 4.28.18 Reply
  9. Wow! What an improvement! It’s amazing what a little time and organization can make.

    Posted 4.26.18 Reply
  10. Carrie Liu wrote:

    Awww, your baby closet looks so cute!! I guess keep everything organized really improve your mood and efficiency. Love the tips!

    Posted 4.26.18 Reply
  11. Kiwi wrote:

    This is a really nicely done nursery closet. I dont even have kids and my closet doesnt look like this!

    Posted 4.26.18 Reply
  12. Awesome tips, definitely my sister in law will be happy and will do this!

    Posted 4.26.18 Reply
  13. Thank goodness for the container store. The transformation is amazing. Goes to show – you can have it’s of stuff in a small space. 👍🏼

    Posted 4.26.18 Reply
  14. i love these storage bins…they look cute…and stylish too…great idea of putting labels…I love shopping at Michael’s for their storage bins…I should start labeling my bins too..

    Posted 4.25.18 Reply
  15. Heidi wrote:

    Your new closet looks great. I love those soft storage bins. In our old house, my youngest daughter had two closets in her room. Two!!! What kid needs two closets? Since the rest of the house didn’t have much storage, a lot of her closet space was devoted to family storage. It wasn’t nearly as cute as yours.

    Posted 4.25.18 Reply
  16. This is great and much cheaper than getting california closets lol Still neat and clean

    Posted 4.25.18 Reply
  17. Kristy Bullard wrote:

    The closet looks amazing! That was a lot of work! I did some spring cleaning in my kid’s closets and I threw out so much stuff!

    Posted 4.25.18 Reply
  18. I have one bedroom and one closet for the grand kids when they come to visit so they have to share. I’ve been hunting ways to get their closet organized so this post is perfect timing. I am going to start tackling it this weekend by using your tips.

    Posted 4.25.18 Reply
  19. What a difference! And what a great idea. Right now our back room is basically my closet and it will be a future baby room so I know I will be feeling that pinch in a few years!

    Posted 4.25.18 Reply
  20. Athena wrote:

    Wow that looks great. Terrific job. Totally awesome and it will serve your child well for years.

    Posted 4.25.18 Reply
  21. Essi wrote:

    I like how organized and simple those containers have made life so simple. I can really use those containers as well. Thanks for the heads up about their upcoming sale. 🙂

    Posted 4.24.18 Reply
  22. Livi wrote:

    Oooh, girl I am loving how the organization looks. Seriously my closet looks insane like now!

    Posted 4.24.18 Reply
  23. Joan Cajic wrote:

    This is super helpful, I love the storage bins and hooks are usually my go to when it comes to organising and space saving too.

    Posted 4.24.18 Reply
  24. What a fabulous closet! This has inspired me to organize my own. It is a complete mess at the moment.

    Posted 4.24.18 Reply
  25. These tips will be awesome for my father-in-laws place. He just downsized and has little storage.

    Posted 4.24.18 Reply
  26. WOW! It looks amazing. When I had my first child I lived in a studio apartment, the organization struggles were real, and I really wish I would have had some of these tips to go by. I will definitely be looking into the Joy Mangano non slip hangers because I’m so tired of throwing away broken hangers and my clothes slipping onto the floor it isn’t funny.

    Posted 4.24.18 Reply
  27. What some amazing tips, I can imagine you need to change the wardrobe often when you have a little one who grows so quickly.

    Posted 4.24.18 Reply
  28. Ally wrote:

    I love all of you organizational tips. We are struggling with the same issue of a smaller house and not enough closet space.

    Posted 4.24.18 Reply