Before I hand it over to Clea and Joanna, I want to quickly share the basics our the closet build out. Here’s the before/after.
If you are planning to stay in your home for a long time, or have multiple kids like we are, I think it’s totally worth it to build out a standard closet and make it more kid friendly. Plus, when you add up the prices of all the storage containers (plastic bins, etc.), the price may not be that different to just customize the space in a more permanent way.
As you can see in the before photo, the standard closet was going to waste a lot of space, and look a little awkward with all tiny clothes. So I scoured Pinterest (I probably looked at every baby closet on the internet one night … haha) and then sketched out something to build inside our closet. It was simple and only took one day to build.
We were able to use a pre-made cabinet for the drawers (building drawers is not easy, so find a way to modify an existing piece if you can) and then add simple shelves. We spray painted the curtain rods gold to match.
(I don’t think we have time to write a full DIY for this before my maternity leave, but you’d have to customize it to your space anyway. So if you want to build something similar, feel free to use my photo as inspiration.)
Once the shelves were built, filling them was the fun part! I will have a post coming soon with my favorite places to shop for toddler clothes and gifts … but let’s just say I had a LOT of fun shopping for tiny outfits. I have been collecting baby sunglasses here and there since we first started trying to get pregnant four or five years ago (more on what led us to adoption
Clea and Joanna, take it away!
Tip 1: Babies bring out people’s extra sentimental side, so make sure their closets have a box (or boxes!) for keepsakes. Birth announcements, cards, photos, or any special trinkets can go right into the box instead of cluttering up your home.
Tip 2: Use organizing supplies that will grow with your child. Whether it’s baskets, bins, or shoe boxes, choose a size that will work in their closet for years to come.
Tip 3: Keep two storage bins on hand: One for clothing they don’t fit into yet, and one for clothing that no longer fits. Having bins for items they aren’t wearing yet will keep your hanging space from getting too tight! And having a bin for outgrown items makes it easy to store for the next child, donate, or pass on to a friend.
Thank you so much, Clea and Joanna. If you aren’t already following them on