diy kids closet organizer. lifesaver.

Life is a little different now that I have a kindergartner and someone who has to be somewhere every single morning. A little more crazy and the need for no arguments in the morning is a must. When I was working full-time my little munchkins never argued with me about their clothes or what I picked out. Well, rarely ever. But now that they have entered the world of {little kid} they have a lot more ownership over what they wear. You can’t even imagine some of the outfits the middle one comes up with. Oh my.

So, I was on a mission to find something that would help in a few areas. Time. Arguments. Efficiency. Our mornings are a little hectic {aren’t everyones?}, so I needed a little help in this area. Problem solved. I found an adorable way to keep my ‘big’ organized and still have it look cute. Yes, I need things to be cute. It is a real problem. But the truth is I smile each time we organize his clothes Sunday evening. And, he helped along the way.

closet finished

Isn’t it adorable? I love it. I tell myself he loves it. And, it is a simple way to organize his clothes. In fact, each Sunday evening we get it ready together. He chooses what he will wear and tucks it in the correct day. A simple way to get rid of the morning complaining. Yep, I love it.

closet organizer collage



materials closet organizer {i found mine at target}
pieces of wood {i used basal wood from Joann’s}
chalkboard paint
twine or ribbon
chalkboard marker


painting collage If necessary, cut your wood first.
{i used long pieces of basla wood and decided to cut it to six inch pieces. skip this step if you used pre-cut pieces}

Paint your wood. {the little ones helped me out and loved it}

WARNING: DO NOT WALK AWAY FROM YOUR PAINT FOR ONE SECOND! Lulu collage Do not let this sweet face fool you.
During our painting time I literally walked in the house for 15 seconds to get a paper towel. During this time she managed to climb up on the table {i didn’t even know she could do that!} and start eating the paint. Yep, that’s right. EATING THE PAINT. Little stinker. I had to scoop black paint out of her mouth. Oh, and call Poison Control. That makes for a fantastic day. So, learn from me. Whatever you do, don’t walk away from your paint with a curious 15 month old standing by. Note to self.

prime chalk

So important. Prime the chalkboard. Rub the chalk sideways to ‘prime’ the board and keep it from leaving unwanted marks and writing.

write days Using your chalkboard marker, have your little one {or you} write the days of the week.
{You can find chalkboard markers at your local craft store. My favorite brand is ‘chalk ink’. An example is here}

twine and labels collage Drill holes into the chalk plates and the organizer.
{i did not include a picture of this step}
Thread with twine or a ribbon of your choice and attach to the closet organizer.

closet collage

 And, you’re done. Now all you need is some clothes to complete the project.
Can you feel the stress that will be gone tomorrow morning? I promise, you will love it.

A truly simple way to organize your morning outfit choices. Maybe your kiddo’s need it. Or, may your other half needs it. Whoever it may be, may it make your mornings a little bit smoother than they were before.

try. enjoy. share.

Letter J  XO

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7 Responses to diy kids closet organizer. lifesaver.

  1. Stephanie November 21, 2013 at 8:44 am #

    Love this idea Jess! I may have to do this over Christmas break!

  2. Misty November 21, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    Lulu eating paint makes this project that much better!!!

  3. Shannon Lampman November 21, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Oh my goodness, my first grader Connor needs this BIG TIME! Thanks for the idea, we’ll have to do this soon.

  4. Shirley November 21, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    This is a fabulous idea!

  5. Annie December 2, 2013 at 7:48 pm #

    I love this!! I was going to tell you today I buy jeans patches that iron on from walmart and right when I see the first little rip I patch them. Some times they still fall apart but it at least gives you time to wait for a sale on jeans. =)

  6. Annie December 2, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    *I iron them on the inside of the jean, then it just looks a little distressed.

    • lulu & linen December 2, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

      I love it. Ok, I will have to give it a little try. Maybe I can talk the little men into wearing cute shoes to make the ‘distressed look’ even cuter.

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