In Partnership with The Container Store
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
More awesome news – The Container Store is having their big Closet Essentials Sale NOW until May 13th, with our favorite items 25% off* (some exclusions apply).