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Everything in our house has been a work in progress. We moved in 2 years ago and started on some things that were immediate for us (the kitchen & main bathroom). No, neither of those spaces have been revealed just yet (stay tuned). We tasked ourselves with painting the entire interior of the house. Though there wasn’t anything visibly wrong with the walls in the house, it certainly appeared that the walls hadn’t ever been painted. And, because our house was built in the 60s, we thought it important to seal and paint the walls. Now, if you’ve ever painted an entire home, without help, you know the amount of time and effort it takes. If you haven’t, well count your blessings. Seriously, it took so long. In fact, we stopped painting. Honestly, it started getting too cold to keep the windows open all day and night.
The closet in the boys’ room has been a bit of a hassle. Not from an adult standpoint, but definitely from a child’s standpoint. We believe in teaching children to dress themselves, which means clothing needs to be accessible to them. Hun and I thought about so many different ways to restructure the closet. We ultimately wanted a system we wouldn’t need to change much in the future. We also wanted a way that was easily adaptable for growing children.
Now that we have two boys, the need for a more practical, yet easily accessible way became a necessity. In other words, no more talking about it. Let’s design something and get it made. Besides, Monkey Boy has become increasingly more willing and able to get his own things. Often he may pick the wrong kind of outfit. Think sweat pants in 90-degree summer sun or water shoes to go to the store. Thankfully, Hun could get the bigger parts of this project out of the way in just over a day. Plus, the material cost was well under $50, so I was happy.
After much deliberation, we opted to leave the upper rod in place for now. This is what’s cool about this design though because we will simply add 2 lower rods as the boys grow and are more responsible when it comes to their clothing. As it stands, Monkey Boy just wants the first thing he sees. This can lead to multiple items of clothing on the floor (which makes me growl), as he tries to find something appropriate for the weather or a specific outing. Right now, I’m quite ok with Hun or I needing to get those clothes for him, but on normal days he has clothes to choose from. Besides, because the clothes are lower and more easily accessible to him, he tends not to make a total mess of his room anymore.
This system has worked so well for us and I’m happy to now have this closet system in the boys’ room. I spend considerably less time fussing about in their room trying to keep things more orderly to soothe my need for things having their own place. The start of our days a home are so much smoother, as Monkey Boy can grab his clothing quickly and easily. He can even help me with getting Turtle Boy’s clothes, which he loves to do.
I like that their out-of-the-house clothes are higher (for now) and I can easily gather them as Monkey Boy gets his t-shirt, socks, underpants, and shoes. Plus, because this system is essentially a few cubes, the design easily matches what I did with their wall on this side.
What closet system do you use for your children? Have you ever created your own system? What are some ways you help children learn to care for their clothing?