Closet Organization: Revisiting My Boys’ Shared Bedroom

shared kids' closet organization

January tends to be the month of setting goals.  Eating less, exercising more, spending less, saving more.  But this year, it seems that at the top of most people’s list, including mine, is ORGANIZATION.  De-cluttering and simplifying my home is what I crave.

I started out, right after the new year with a quick fix for my entry coat closet.

It was a mess!  It’s still not beautiful or even Pinterest worthy but to me, it’s so much more:  It’s functional!  Very little will enter my door this year, unless it has the combination of form and function.

I’ve been wanting to revisit my boy’s shared bedroom since it’s been about a year since I revealed it.  When I  originally revealed the space, the baby hadn’t been born, so I wasn’t really sure if the room “worked” for me, for my 6 year old or a growing baby.

boy's nursery

A year later, here it is (and this is relatively clean!):

The room is tiny, it’s 10×12 at best.  So I really needed to maximize every square inch, and to be honest, I hadn’t.  

While the entire room is going to get a refresh, today I’m sharing with you how I organized their closet with the Ikea Mulig clothing bar and items I already had on hand.

Here is the before:

I know, scary huh?

First off, we removed the large toy box that seemed like a bottomless pit, a pit in which my son never even looked in.

We sorted and purged most of the toys . . .

the rest were placed in individual storage containers and baggies (because I’m crazy about organization inside of organization).

MULIG Clothes bar IKEA Can be used anywhere in your home, even in damp areas like the bathroom and under covered balconies.

I purchased four of the Mulig clothing bars at my most recent trip to Ikea for my daughter’s room, however, her room has become a never ending project that I’ve slowly lost motivation for.  I digress . . . I only needed 3 of the clothing bars for my daughter’s organization project, so I used the extra one in this space.

These clothing bars are pretty awesome, they are expandable and they just screw into the wall–no need for brackets or poles!  The most important thing is that you use wall anchors or screw directly into a stud.  The best part?  They’re only $4.99 each!

I installed the bar below and left just enough space to put a shelf above, and containers below for toys.  The baby’s clothes went on the top bar, organized by color.  My 6 year old’s clothing went on the bottom.

I chose hangers that all matched, hangers I happened to have leftover from my shop, to keep everything looking uniform and neat.

I had some extra bins in my storage room that were barely serving a purpose, so I put them to use, rather than going out to buy new ones.

organized kid's closet

Shoes were placed on the shelf above the clothing bar, within reach of 6 year old arms.

organized kid's closet

I gave each boys two bins:  one for toys, and one for summer clothes, or clothing that doesn’t quite fit yet.

 cup hook baseball hat storage

I screwed cup hooks to the door to display Cayden’s hat collection.

I placed two larger hooks on the door to hold his backpack and coat.  The only thing I didn’t get to was adding some cute labels to the bins, which I’m sure I’ll get around to soon.  Even though I’ll have to tackle under the bed, book storage and under the crib, I feel rather accomplished with this portion of the room organized.



This easy and inexpensive closet organization is going to be a game changer in my home . . . it’s one of those things where you ask yourself “Why did I wait so long to do this?”

What type of organization projects have you taken on so far this year?

For more closet organization tips, please visit my dear friend Linda’s post on her daughter’s closet:

 The Home i Create

Or visit my friend Darnetha’s post on organizing her master bedroom closet:


Linking up with Beth at Home Stories A to Z

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  1. Darnetha | ChippaSunshine
    January 20, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    My boys share a closet as well and we have a major toy storage problem. Great storage solutions!

    • Carli
      January 20, 2016 / 2:40 pm

      Thank you Darnetha! It is definitely a struggle! I still have 2 other bins with smaller toys and then storage for the baby's larger toysπŸ˜•. I'll cross that bridge next!

  2. Tanida West
    January 20, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    I only scanned through today and have gotten so many ideas for maximizing the small space that the kids will have at the new house! I'm going to go through more in depth later…Don't want to miss anything. Thanks Carli πŸ˜ƒ

    • Carli
      January 20, 2016 / 11:14 pm

      Tanida, when you're ready, I'll be right with you to give you a hand!

  3. Erin Marshall
    January 20, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    This was awesome Carli. The changes you made provided great impact!

    • Carli
      January 20, 2016 / 11:14 pm

      Thank you Erin!

  4. TheMonaLisaa
    January 22, 2016 / 1:56 pm

    This is great! I need to apply some of these tricks to my own closet πŸ™‚

    • Carli
      January 26, 2016 / 3:20 am

      Lisa, you and I both πŸ˜‚

  5. Linda Terry
    January 25, 2016 / 1:09 am

    Love what you did for the hats!

    • Carli
      January 26, 2016 / 3:20 am

      Thank you, I don't know why it took me so l9ng to think to do that!

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