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My daughters are 18 months apart. For a while, our toddler had her own room while the baby stayed in our bedroom. It was just a matter of time before they started sharing a room. Sharing a room meant combining things and adjusting to a new routine and environment. Most importantly, it meant sharing a closet.  

While the room was sufficient enough to hold both girls, the closet, on the other hand, was not. The girls had a lot of “stuff.” We needed to find ways to maximize the closet space to allow both girls to equally display their clothing, shoes, blankets, and other items of importance. And the closet needed a makeover to accommodate this.

before and after kids closet makeover

Here’s a look at how I redesigned, reconfigured, and organized the girl’s closet with this sweet DIY kid’s closet makeover. 

kids closet makeover

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Closet Before Makeover

kids closet before makeover

The current closet design before the makeover was not practical or functional for both girls. It was not a huge closet, but it wasn’t small – though it appeared that way from all the clutter. The single top shelf was a hodge-podge of items – most of which were not being used.

view of girl closet before makeover

My daughter had already outgrown many items and clothes in the closet. And there were tons of random boxes and bins with blankets, diapers, and wipes that were stuffed into the closet because they had nowhere else to go. 

It was a messy closet, and it was time to add function, organization, and style to this closet. 

The Plan

Before I redesigned the girl’s closet, I took inventory of everything in their bedroom that would be best in their closet. This included items in the closet, loose items on the floor, and the bedroom chair. Every item would need a home in the closet or an alternative storage area.

Having a clear idea of all the things that will need to be stored and organized gave me a good sense of how to construct the closet for the girls. One thing is for sure, I needed a lot of space and a ton of bin storage for their small items.

Resources and Supplies

Tools Used

  • Leveler
  • Hammer
  • Screw Driver
  • Tape Measure

Girls Closet Makeover

Step 1 – Remove Everything, Purge, and Clean 

It is important to start fresh! The first thing I did was remove every single item in the closet, including bins, hangers, and everything else that was on the shelves and the rod. Once all the items were removed, I was able to see what I wanted to keep and what needed to either be tossed or donated. 

empty closet

Having an empty space also gave me a blank canvas to work on before starting the makeover.

Thankfully the closet did not need a fresh coat of paint. However, I did deep clean it by wiping down some of the walls and wire shelves, as well as vacuuming the floors. 

Decluttering the space was an important first step and a great way to give the closet a new start. It brought back so many memories. But it was a necessary step to get the girls the closet that would work for them. 

Step 2 – Measure the Closet

Measuring the closet helps you get a good sense of how large (or small) the closet is and what is capable of fitting in it. 

Measuring the space allows you to make the most of the space and maximize its full potential. With the measurements, I was able to carefully plan out all the storage solutions and accessories I could incorporate based on size and shape. 

Step 3 – Use the Vertical Cube as a Focal Point

We used the cube as a focal point by centering it in the closet. The cube will be the anchor to the rest of the closet. 

Both sides of the closet were currently unused space, and we didn’t want to waste more valuable real estate. It was a pretty deep wall, but it needed some form of open shelving. To satisfy this, I placed another set of cubed shelving units on the far right and far left side of the closet.

The cubes helped me to avoid having to build new shelves but also provided sufficient storage space. The cubes are an excellent closet organizer that is tucked right into the space very tightly and neatly. It practically doubled their storage in their small space. 

Step 4 – Install the Closet Rods

rod in closet

Kids’ clothes are shorter and smaller than adult clothes, so having a double rod for the kids to hang their clothes made the most sense and took full advantage of vertical real estate.  

Since the closet already had existing wire shelving and a wire rod that went from one end of the closet to the other, I opted to keep the wire shelves and rod and complemented it with a double rod 30 inches down on both sides of the cube. I used a tape measure to measure the distance and a leveler to make sure the rod was straight and not tilted when installed.

rod in closet view

I opted for a tension rod because it was super easy to install, and since their clothes are small, I wouldn’t have to worry about the rod falling down. It is also easily adjustable.

A double bar system gave the girls more hanging space to put up their clothes. We coordinated the clothes by style and season. 

Step 5 – Incorporate Storage Solutions

storage bins in closet

Storage solutions included plastic bins and woven baskets for both functionality and aesthetics. 

We kept all the storage solutions and accessories in the same color scheme to give the whole closet a cohesive and clean look. We used all white cubes, hangers, and rods and added some color with the storage containers.

We got rid of some of the existing bins that no longer worked for the space and used white bins, pink bins for pops of color and woven rattan baskets in various shapes. We now had large organization bins for bulky items and small bins for smaller items. 

Closets, in general, can appear busy, so streamlining the color palette and keeping everything in the same color scheme helps with the organization and functionality of the space. And most importantly, it gave order to the space.

Step 6 – Label Storage Bins and Baskets

Labeling not only encourages tidiness but it also makes everything easier to find and access in the closet. It makes a big difference in the presentation of the closet. We labeled the bins (after the photos were taken). 

Since there were items that were going into long term storage on the very top shelf, such as Halloween costumes, blankets, and art work, labeling helped us remember where everything was. 

With the labels, we can now check the front of the bin or basket on the high shelf and know exactly what’s in it instead of pulling the bins (some of which are heavy) to access it. 

The Finale – Girls Closet Makeover

makeover closet

The toddler closet transformation was a very simple yet impactful DIY project. The girl’s custom closet had a fresh look with much space for them to grow into. 

closet makeover

It took me one afternoon to complete this dream closet and add custom touches. The closet was now aesthetically pleasing and functional. And most importantly (and for the first time), it was a truly organized closet. It was the perfect solution to accommodate my girls in their new shared space.

Collage before and after kids closet makeover

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Tamara White is the creator and founder of The Thrifty Apartment, a home decor and DIY blog that focuses on affordable and budget-friendly home decorating ideas and projects. Tamara documents her home improvement journey, love of thrifting, tips for space optimization, and creating beautiful spaces.

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