One of the changes I often recommend in a home with children, is to remove the closet doors in the kids’ rooms.
More often than not, children either never close their closet doors, or they simply can’t (and therefore don’t) use the closet effectively, because of the doors. This is especially true of the sliding doors that only allow access to half the closet at the time. By removing the doors, you are removing all barriers to effective, organized use of valuable storage space.
Much of the time, children don’t need much hanging space, and yet most closets are dedicated completely to this. Replace hanging space with cubbies or shelves and you’ll find the closet much more functional. Younger kids can access lower shelves, allowing you to use higher space for other items.
In this picture, we’ve created a great, functional storage space with lots of small drawers – just throw socks in one, underwear in another, pajamas in another – you don’t even have to fold! Cubbies hold larger items. There’s still some hanging space for pretty dresses, and some open shelves for jewellery, toys, etc.
Of course, I often add an attractive curtain, on a tension rod or drapery rod, that allows the closet to be “closed” but takes up no space. If it looks nice though, you don’t even have to do this – and the room can seem larger. If you do add a curtain, make sure it is hung by large grommets to make it really easy to throw open and closed.
The top shelf is kept neat and tidy using attractive hampers for storage, to store off-season bedding, clothes, and toys that aren’t not in use.