A closet for all ages and stages
You expect to buy new clothes and shoes as your youngsters grow, but not entire new closet systems. Yet as they mature, children's storage needs change. An adjustable closet can be reconfigured as needed.
*Choose an adjustable closet system that has components such as rods, shelves and drawers available.
*Look for one that's easy to install. The best require you to drill holes only for one horizontal track that goes near the ceiling.
*When your child is young, configure the closet with at least two rods. The bottom one must below enough for her to hang up everyday clothes.
*Reserve higher rods for special occasion or seasonal garments.
*When your child gets taller, remove the lower rod.
*In its place, add other accessories such as drawer units and shoe stackers.
*If you have a teenage daughter, leave enough space for dresses and long skirts to hang without brushing anything below.
If you restructure closets as your children age, you'll maximize both your space and your investment in the system.
Manage morning mania by setting aside time on Sundays
for kids to select school clothes for the whole week.
Organize entire outfits on five hangers labeled Monday-Friday.
Small children can dress themselves if you buy only clothes that fasten in the front.
Remember, zippers and snaps are easier than buttons for little fingers.
Have children get their backpacks together before bedtime.
Don't leave this task until after breakfast when everyone
is rushing to get out the door.