Large families have to be creative with how they organize their closets because storage solutions in the average home are not big enough. Here’s how we have our closets organized with a family of 10.
No matter the size of our family, we have rarely lived in a home with more than 3 bedrooms. And even though our current home has 4 bedrooms, the 4th bedroom is for guests (or our oldest son when he is home from college) and it doesn’t have a closet.
Even with 1 less child in the home, I knew I would need to get creative with our closets and clothes storage because the bedrooms, barring the master, are not that big.
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The girls’ bedroom had a large closet, but not a lot of floor space. (If you watched the video, I originally thought this would be the boys’ room – I changed my mind for reasons I will explain here in a moment…) We decided to buy a bunk bed and use a trundle for the 2-year-old and a toddler bed for the 4-year-old. That left room for their long dresser. That dresser is only for the 2 older girls. The 2 younger girls’ clothes are in one of the 3 closets in the master bedroom.
For more ideas on how to arrange bedrooms, see my Large Family Bedrooms post!
In the photo above, one side is the 4-year-old’s hanging clothes and the other side is the 2-year-old’s. I have two plastic 3-drawer organizers (like this one) for their socks, jeans, and pajamas and such. The night diapers are on top of the dresser, and eventually, the baby’s diapers will be on top of her dresser.
Also, in this closet are the boys’ dress shirts. The reason for this is because their closet has shelves (this is the reason I switched this room to the boys’ room as mentioned earlier), and since most of their clothes are not of “hanging” quality (i.e. t-shirts and jeans), I decided to organize their clothes in soft-sided bins (like these). Because of this, I was able to completely get rid of their 2 dressers!
My closet is fairly small, but that’s ok because years ago I pared down my clothing, and now if I don’t love it, I either don’t buy it or don’t keep it. Ty’s closet is also pared down now that he works full-time for the Army (not a lot of wardrobe choices there!).
The tubs of clothes the kids are growing into or out of will eventually go into the attic storage on the other side of the Narnia room. You can see how we organize and store those clothes HERE.
So far, this has all worked really well!
As a side note, I’ve always been intrigued by the concept of a family closet, but it has never been feasible or logistically sound in any home we’ve lived in. To see an example of a really neat family closet, go HERE.
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