To start, I found what appeared to be the perfect closet organizer online. The shelving system expands to fit a wide variety of closet sizes; plus all the rods and shelves can be moved to meet the needs of growing kids! My husband helped remove the original shelving system, patch all the holes, and retouch the paint.
After this the installation was pretty easy – all things considered. The gist for this system is that there’s a top piece that gets installed first (so it’s important to make sure it’s level and super sturdy). The other pieces hang off of it so it’s easier to put those into place. I really liked that I could play around with the arrangement in the closet without having to install everything first. It helped me work through how to place each piece just right.
We decided to give each boy his own hanging rod. The little one got a lower rod so he can pick his own clothes now. Huge hit! Our older son’s clothes are higher up. But still where he can easily reach everything. Of course I had to leave a tall hanging rod for things like one-piece rompers and super hero suits! This still gave us a few shelves for shoes, hats, games, and backpacks.
It seems like a silly thing, but this shared closet for brothers has been a huge improvement to our everyday life. Both kids can get their own clothes out. Which also means I’ve been able to show them how to put away their own clothes! Plus, we’ve been able to fit storage for everything we need … and then some. And if the boys eventually end up having separate rooms, this system can easily switch to an organizational paradise for just one kid.
And being the person that I am … what would this shared closet for brothers be without a little bit of flair? The vinyl polka dots are my way of adding some fun!