Monday, March 12, 2012

Organizing Solution: Storing Dress-Up Clothes

Sometimes, I get more excited about quick makeovers and organizing projects than I do over big stuff. For a long time, I kept the girls' dress-up clothes on a coat rack in the back hallway. As their collection grew, the walkway got smaller and smaller. It was such a mess that they didn't even bother playing with their outfits anymore, so I knew it was time to come up with a simple organizing solution. It was such a "duh" moment (like our American Girl doll and toy storage idea). Here's how we store their things now:
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Here is the sad "Before" shot:

What wasn't stuffed up on the coat rack was scattered about the play area. I can't tell you how many times I've stepped on a plastic diamond ring in the dark and said very bad words.

Before I explain how I rearranged all the dress-up stuff, I should tell you that this is not a sponsored post. I just like to tell you guys when I find stuff that works for me!

First, I designated a spot on the other side of the room; a place where the rest of the toys and accessories are. I picked up several packages of 3 MM Command Hooks from Target, stole borrowed T's level, and grabbed a pencil to make sure that my hooks were in some sort of straight line before I hung them. I am more of a messy perfectionist. I'm sure T would have lined those hooks up to the 0.000965th degree, but they looked straight enough to me, and my 6 and 4 year old haven't commented on it. Not at all perfect, but it does the job!

I made sure not to over-burden the hooks, and put chefs' aprons, doctor and nurse outfits, shoes, and accessories in an old trunk that my grandmother gave me years ago. Jewelry, gloves, and watches go in one spot, and headbands, crowns, and purses go in another. 

(I realize that it would look much nicer painted, with brightly colored and patterned drawer liners, but it's a very, very old piece, and I can't bring myself to mess with it)

So, this is definitely a quick fix, but it's so nice to have everything in the same "zone" now. The girls play dress-up more now that everything is in the same spot, and I can use the coat rack in the back hall for backpacks and dance bags.

Now I just need some cute artwork to hang above the hooks, and we are set!

What's the latest organizing solution you've discovered for your home?

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Simply LKJ said...

I love reading your blog Amanda, it always brings back memories of when my girls were younger! Great solution without it having to be permanent!

Jenny said...

Very nice....I need to tackle this in our house as well! Looks great!


Krystle @ Color Transformed Family said...

I love that you weren't a super perfectionist when hanging the hooks. That's the way I am but my husband is like yours and can really slow me down when I just want to get it done in a decent amount of time.

Amanda said...

This is SUCH a good idea!! I will definitely put it to good use in our play room!

Jessica @ Stay at Home-ista said...

That is a great solution! I recently dressed up some old diaper boxes to create more dress up storage for my daughter. Somehow there is nothing better to my four year old that dress up (with jewelry and shoes!)

Erin S. said...

Great job! Here's to fewer foot injuries and cursing :)!

Paula said...

Using the hooks to spread out what the girls' have makes it look nicer and I'm sure that they love now being able to see all of their dress-up choices.

Using the small trunk to store shoes, etc. is the perfect solution for this space. I'm so glad that you didn't try to dress up the trunk. It's perfect in its current vintage state. I've never seen a small one like this and I really like it.

Jessica Bruno said...

Isn't it amazing what some hooks and a trunk will do to pretty up a space? :) Looks great!

Nadir@StitchSense said...

Very cute! I love the trunk the way it is too & I'm sure the girls feel like they have new dress up clothes now. :-)

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

This is a great solution. I love small revamps, too. Theymay not have the same wow, hut if thu make my life a little simpler, I'm thrilled. I also relate to the not-quite perfectionism. I'm a bit impatient and nothing I do is perfect, but it looks good enough for me. I'd I were a true perfectionist, I'd never get anything done.

Great project!

Jami Creager said...

Great idea.. those command hooks are awesome lol I use them for so many things around my house!

I love how the trunk looks, very cool :)

Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

Those command hooks are the best! I have a few in my kitchen. (I got the steel looking ones to match). They hold my aprons, and oven mitts right beside my stove. :)

Kelli @ RTSM said...

I love that trunk! All of my boys dress up clothes are shoved into a crate in our playroom...not very organized!

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