Our three girls share a small room. We've got two twin beds and a trundle (that is always pulled out) and there is not much additional space. We had a bookshelf and two dressers in their room and Adelia's clothes were in bins beneath her bed. It was all rather squishy.
Then there is our laundry room, which is a fairly large room (for our home) and where I have my sewing stuff and where we keep our printer. The laundry room had also become a sort of catch-all for All Other Random Things (gift bags, yarn, photo albums, bins of clothes the kids have outgrown, bags to consign, a chair that no longer fit in our playroom, etc).
A few weeks ago I decided to clean up the laundry room and get rid of stuff. In preparation for that, I was talking to Mark about it (Where do you want me to put the chair that's in there? Where else can I move the shelving?) and suddenly an idea occurred to me: What if we moved the girls' dressers and clothes out of their room and used our laundry room as a changing room? That would solve our other problem about the girls' room being too crowded!-- and if I'm going to be cleaning anyway, I might as well rearrange the space!
So... that's what I did. We ended up deciding to move ALL the kids' clothes in there, boys and girls. We bought some closet shelving (one for hanging up the clothes, another for my sewing area) and some bins, and this is what we came up with:
|The bins at the top have labels like: CONSIGN, KNITTING PROJECTS, YARN, FABRIC SCRAPS, and PATTERNS.|
|Bonus for Audra (and us, since she changes 5x a day): she can now reach her dresses!|
|(To the left: our printer, then sock and pajama bins for each of the boys, and on the bottom are shelves containing some of Adelia's clothing.)|
|My sewing table now also doubles as a folding table.|
|My sewing area all tidied up, which should inspire me to sew again, right?|
Also, to cut down on time spent sorting, I made a new laundry schedule:
Monday > girls
Tuesday > towels and sheets
Wednesday > boys
Thursday > daddy and mommy
Friday > girls
*Saturday > one load of boys clothes
Now- why I didn't have that system before (only certain "groups" of clothing on certain days), I don't even know. But it has been WONDERFUL in terms of cutting waaaaay back on time spent sorting. It's sort of revolutionary to me- still- to only be dealing with girls clothes on Mondays: only sorting, folding and putting away girls clothes! And!-- their dressers are just steps away! I LOVE IT! We all do. It's been such a blessing already.
[Credit for this brilliant idea goes to my friend Amy, who moved shelving and clothes into her laundry room years ago. If she hadn't done that I don't think I ever would have even considered our laundry room as an option for housing clothing, too.]