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Baby Closet Makeover

Today's guest post is from Erin who blogs at Domestic Adventures. She wrote this post on her own blog and agreed to let us feature it here. Erin is currently getting her first child's nursery set up and I love everything she has done. This post is about organizing the little one's closet. Enjoy!

Our unborn child is probably the most spoiled person ever.  Or maybe I am.  Either way, we were surprised with a second baby shower recently and our little boy now has a ton of stuff.

Upon arriving home from the shower I had the most urgent need to organize.  The amount of baby gear and clothes was overwhelming, and it was all in a pile in our nursery.  I was twitching so I knew it was time to get the nursery closet organized. 

Like any good closet organizer, I first divided up all the goods based on size and category.  The whole nursery floor was just covered.

Once I had a general idea of all of the categories of stuff, I set off for Lowe’s to pick up the closet organization system that I had in mind.

I had previously used this Rubbermaid Homefree closet system in our walk-in, so I knew it was just what I needed.  I love the system because it is super flexible and I can actually install it on my own.  Let’s be honest, I have no idea what kind of functionality this closet will need in a few months and years, so the fact that I can customize it over and over again using the same basic shelves and rods is fantastic.
Plus, everything you need comes in this one manageable box that even a pregnant lady can lift (okay, I loaded it into the cart and car, but my husband carried it upstairs once I was home).

The closet system is quite easy to install, but you need some time and patience for the first few steps.  I’m a total geek, so I actually collected all of the tools I needed before I got started.

With my trusty studfinder in hand, I found and marked studs across the wall, attached the top rail, and then installed the vertical rails.  I did all of this on my own, but it would probably go a lot faster if you had a second pair of hands.  But, my husband was busy painting in another room, so I can’t complain.

After about 1.5 hours of work, this is what I had accomplished:

I know it doesn’t look like much, but it goes really quickly from here.  Before I knew it I had shelves and rods all installed and filled!

There are all kinds of cool accessories that work with this closet system, like shelves, bins, baskets and shoe holders, but I held off in investing in those items at this point until I see how the closet actually functions on a day-to-day basis with our little guy. I’m sure I’ll be adding more elements to the closet in the future.

And, I know the jogging stroller and car seat wont be staying in the closet for long, but I love that they fit in there for now!

Right now I am using the green bins and the little drawers to hold some of the tiny baby items, like socks and hats.

I have all of our various blankets and swaddles in the yellow bins and big white basket.

And all of the clothes are hung according to size.  I haven’t removed tags or washed most things yet, but it really helped me to organize things in this way so that I can see what items/sizes we have and determine what we still need.   Plus, many wise friends have advised keeping tags on (especially the newborn sized clothes) until you are sure the baby will actually fit into them or wear them.

How cute are those clothes!?

I felt so relieved to have the closet put together and all of the items stowed away.  It still amazes us how much gear is required for this one little baby!

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  7. Nicole July 9, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    I love that closet system. I wish my closet was that big! I found using a closet rod extender/doubler was a good solution for a tiny closet. Any other tips for tiny closets? Have you had any luck with beind the door organizers at all?
    Here is the closet extender I really like:

  8. Kendra November 29, 2010 at 12:24 am #

    Great info! A belated happy Thanksgiving to you and your readers, and a pleasant holiday shopping season.

  9. Pooja Gugnani November 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm #

    Great article Erin and congratulations! I will certainly be recommending the Rubbermaid Homefree system as I organize for my mommy & mommy-to-be clients. Thanks for providing the pictures to go with it!!

  10. Julie Bestry November 10, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

    I’m always impressed with how easily installed the Rubbermaid Homefree closet system is. However, had I been in the room, my “extra pair of hands” would have been useless to you, because I wouldn’t have been able to resist picking up and playing with each adorable tiny outfit. So cute.
    Great closet design and organizing, and congratulations on your new little one. May you and your little bundle of joy be happy and healthy!

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