Materials needed for a Military Closet Makeover:
-1×12 melamine board (cut in half to make two shelves)
-white paint (optional)
–shoe rack (24 inches wide- the exact length of the closet depth)
–bins up top (perfect for hand-me-down storage!)
Tools Needed for a Military Closet Makeover:
-saw- for cutting 1×4 (if you don’t have access to a saw, your local hardware store will cut your 1×4 for you)
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Step 1: Organize the closet
When you have children and are lucky enough that they have hand-me-downs, you know you’re saving money, but you wrestle with, IS THIS WORTH THE STORAGE!? So, because this child has an older sibling of the same gender, we knew she had inherited some clothes to grow into. First, we needed to accommodate those with storage. Next, we started by weeding out the toys and the clothes to be grown into.
First of all, we took all toys out of the child’s closet and moved them to storage totes under her bed, so the closet would be clothes only, and toys could stay in the playroom and under the bed.
Don’t forget to peek in the dressers:
Before heading into the closet, I first tackled the drawers. I used these amazing drawer dividers to separate long and short sleeves, bathing suits and socks, and all the little kid odds and ends.
Step 2: Measure and find the child’s closet systems
Next, I headed to the closet. This closet is 3 feet deep and 4 feet wide. Kept the wire shelving because they would have bins on them for storage. I wanted to leave a foot of space for a laundry bin because I wanted to encourage some independent organization! (Mom to mom, I had her back.) This picture clearly shows the space set aside for a basket.
Step 3: Children’s Closet- adding storage
Ok. This is where these hand-me-downs can bite you because they’re amazing and money savers… but where? Am I right? We needed extra storage for all her future fits, so I added a top shelf. This was accomplished with the 1×4 and melamine.
This type of wood is already treated and laminated; I had it cut into two pieces. One went on top of the small unit, and the other went above the wire rack.
I needed to ensure these were secure, so I got 1×4 and cut them to fit each wall in the closet. I made sure the 1x4s were screwed into studs. This is the support for this piece. Very important.
Once the 1×4 boards were in the wall, I attached the shelf to that and wanted to ensure it was secured to hold the shoe storage she needed! I used these fabric storage bins to store the clothes that this child will grow into. In a children’s bedroom closet- especially with a military family, you move a lot and want to be as organized as possible!
Step 4: Organize The Storage
This label maker was so helpful because I could label the size of the clothes they will grow into and make it as organized as possible.
Lastly, the biggest closet addition must be the LED lights I added.
The ones that are linked are lights that you plug in, but there are some other things you can do as well; you can get battery-operated or remote control lights, so I wanted to link some options.
In the end, it’s a child’s closet that an adult would love. And what’s not to love about that?!
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