In the comments on my recent Finding a Laundry System That Works vlog, several people mentioned that they’d like to hear more about our family closet. Because ours is literally tucked into a small corner of the laundry room, I haven’t been able to get a good picture of it, so I decided just to sketch it out for you. Art was never my strong point, though, so please forgive the crudeness of my sketch!
Basically, we have a small cubby tucked into the corner of our shelving, with the washer and dryer on the right and the counter directly in front of it. The opening is less than two feet wide because I wanted my counter to be as long as possible.
In the corner, we mounted two closet bars — one for sweaters and dresses and the other to hold two hanging organizers.
On the top shelves of the organizers, I have four baskets that hold the girls socks, underwear, baby legs, etc.
Each row below that is assigned to one of our daughters, with their t-shirts and pajamas on the left and their pants and shirts on the right.
Obviously, this limits the amount of space we have for clothes which helps me limit the amount of clothing we buy, since shoving the shelves full just makes it harder to get what we need each day.
As you can see from the sketch, the space we have set aside for a family closet is really not very much at all. The baby’s clothes are currently in a wardrobe in the nursery, but when she’s a little bit older, I’ll move her clothes into the laundry room as well, since we have an empty row in our current system. At that point, we will have all four girls’ clothes organized and put away in what amounts to a very small closet.
My husband and I still keep our clothes in our room, but since it’s on the main level, I haven’t had the same struggle of putting them away as I did when they were on a different level.
If you have more space or are looking for other options for a family closet, here are some other posts I found from around the blogosphere (it just so happens that these are from large families, but I would do the same thing if I only had 1 or 2 kids now that I know what a big difference it makes!):
Family Closet Pictorial, Lots of Kids.com
A New Family Closet, True Moments of Family
No More Laundry Blues (with a description and pictures of the Duggar’s family closet), Musings from the Heart
Have you thought about setting up a family closet? What appeals to you about this system? What downsides do you see?