Thursday, April 09, 2009

Storage in a Baby Closet

A kid’s closet often becomes a toy graveyard, a play fort and a laundry nightmare. Learn how to incorporate the special needs of a child while keeping the closet neat enough for practical use.

First, consider what you absolutely need to keep in the closet. Because of the tipping hazard of dressers, many parents have eliminated bedroom furniture in children’s rooms. This may elevate the need for closet storage. Without a plan, this can quickly become a problem area. Kids have so many clothes. They often have lots of pajama sets. If they are potty training, they may have a lot of underwear or you may need storage for diapers and wipes in the closet. You may have sentimental outfits and dress clothes that you really want to keep hung.

You can keep the hanging bar in place and create space around it. Another option would be to cut two or three short bars, easily done with a pipe cutter, and make a multi-level hanging bar. You can make the first deep shelf about three or four feet high and build from there. An easy place to start would be to hang a fabric collapsible closet shelf system from the hanging bar to the shelf for things like socks, underwear, diapers, and pajamas. This option is preferable to some parents because it is easily removed and replaced when the needs of the child changes.

You can also build cubby-hole shelves up each side of the large bottom shelf. Three-sided movable shelves that are easily moved around are also great for creating an extra level of storage on the large shelf. You can even invert the three-sided shelf and attach it with L-brackets to the top shelf, creating a hanging shelf for things that you want to keep out of reach, such as first-aid kits, games with a lot of pieces or children’s paints.

Smaller cubby-hole shelves are great for storing games and toys, extra batteries and keepsakes. You can create all kinds of storage while still leaving the bottom of the closet empty. Here you can keep a laundry basket, large stuffed animals, or build more shelves. Leaving this area clear allows your child to climb in and play. You could even paint windows with views in the bottom of the closet. Add a battery powered light under the bottom shelf, a couple of pillows, and your kids have a special place to play. Make sure that you do not place lamps or other lights that create heat inside of a child’s closet.

Hang those special outfits and dress clothes out of reach up high on the bar. Use the top shelf for blanket and suitcase storage. Bins with children’s sheets or out of season clothing can be stored up high where they do not get rummaged through or dumped out. This is a good place to store clothes that your child hasn’t grown into yet. You can easily access them when the time comes to put them into the rotation. Use baby hangers to protect the precious items that you hang. Conventional hangers are made for adult clothing. They can snag, stretch and tear delicate little kids’ clothing. This is a closet that you and your child will enjoy for years to come.

About the Author: Ron Maier is the owner of Only Kids Hangers, a leading provider of baby hangers. The right infant hangers really make the difference in kid's retail or home organization. For more information, please visit www.onlykidshangers.com.

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Organizing a Child’s Closet and Room

Storage Racks: Adding shelving to your child’s closet can create places for all of those little things that you do not necessarily need to hang.
Stacking Bins: Bins are easily accessible by children and color coordinating or labeling each bin makes cleaning up a snap.

Linen Storage: Children often have a lot of extra sheet sets and comfortors. Making a space for extra linen storage can keep it from spilling over into a clothing area. You may want to use crates up on shelves to keep them separate. Another option is to put them in large shallow containers underneath the bed.

Laundry Hamper: Make sure that your child has easy access to a laundry hamper. Ones that match their room decorations will encourage them to actually use it. Teach them to put their clothes in as part of their morning and night time routine. Then, when it is full, they can help do the laundry.

Cabinet: Adding cabinets to a child’s room can be relatively inexpensive. Cabinets make great spots for keeping games, puzzles, art supplies and books. If you have a young child or a baby, you can keep diaper changing materials, out of reach medicines, humidifiers and thermometers in a cabinet, safely out of sight and reach.

Nets: Nets are great for getting all of those stuffed animals off the floor and out of the toybox. They can really take up a lot of space. Putting them in a net also keeps them out where your child can eaisly pick which one they want to sleep with at night. Plus, the net makes a fun place to play stuffed animal basketball.

Pocket Organizer: Pocket organizers are great for shoes, but they can also be used for a plethora of other children’s needs. Mittens and gloves, socks, small cars or building blocks, art supplies, you name it. As kids get older, it seems like the pieces of their toys get smaller and smaller. See-through pockets make organizing tiny pieces a snap.

Hooks and Clips: Hooks and clips can help keep backpacks, coats and scarves off the floor. Ball caps, book bags and anything that can hang can be placed on a hook. Then, not only is it put away, but it’s easily accessible for quick bolts out the door. Wet winter coats are able to dry without getting other clothing wet.

Children’s Hangers: Using children’s hangers will help you get the longest life out of your child’s clothes. Adult hangers can stretch out the shoulders of your kid’s clothing. Getting exciting colors of children’s hangers that match your child’s room can make the closet more a part of their decorations. Using childrens hangers will encourage your child to hang their own clothes.

About the Author: Ron Maier is the owner of Only Kids Hangers, a leading provider of childrens hangers. The right childrens clothes hangers really make the difference in kid's retail or home organization. For more information, please visit www.onlykidshangers.com.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

Children’s Closet Organization for Winter

Children’s hangers are the first step to creating space in a child’s closet. The hangers you choose do not have to be boring either. Velvety smooth kids Slim-Line hangers are available in exciting colors like pink, lime-green, blue and lavender. You can color code your child’s closet, dividing different types of clothing on different hangers, or you can simply match the children’s hangers to the room decorations and paint.
Another exciting way to spice up a kid’s closet is to decorate it with Glam Hangers. These beaded beauties are sure to encourage your child to hang their clothes and keep their closet looking nice!
Winter often means bringing out all of those bulky sweaters and coats. Space is the biggest concern among parents organizing their kid’s closet for winter. Many parents have found the use of bins or laundry baskets useful for things like winter boots or stacks of sweaters. Coats can be taken out of the equation if you hang them on hooks outside of the closet or on the inside of the closet door.
Slim-Line children’s hangers are very flat and keep clothing not only on the hanger, but hanging very close together so that they stay organized without taking up extra space. Another space saver that can actually save you almost 50% of your space is the use of cascading hooks or finger clips. These attach to the children’s Slim-Line hangers and allow you to really get organized.
You can use the hooks or clips to hang the bottoms with the tops. For example, you can hang a pair of pants with each shirt or sweater on the same hanger, freeing up the space that would be taken by the pants on a shelf or on the hanger alone. Some people even like to use the finger clips to clip socks and underwear to the pants, so that kids can easily get up in the morning, pick an outfit and get themselves completely dressed for school in record time. Talk about getting organized!
A kid’s closet may need to accommodate a lot of extras during the winter months. Shoe pocket hanging pouches make great places to store scarves, gloves and hats for the winter. Small bins are useful and inexpensive as well. Remember to keep everything on your child’s level. Kids as young as two or three can learn to take care of their own things. The earlier you start the better off you will be. Cute children’s hangers can be a good motivators on their own!
Make it fun for your child to keep their closet nice and neat. Offer rewards and do whatever you need to in order to make the lesson a fun one. Enjoy spending time together as you get organized and ask your child for their input. Teach them to use their childrens hangers and enjoy your time together while you organize this winter.

About the Author: Ron Maier is the owner of Only Kids Hangers, a leading provider of childrens hangers. The right childrens clothes hangers really make the difference in kid's retail or home organization. For more information, please visit www.onlykidshangers.com.

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Children’s Clothes Hanger Extravaganza

Purchasing special children’s clothes hangers for your child can make more of a difference in their lives than you thought! We are talking about how their self-esteem and personal image can be affected by small treasures that can become relics of their childhood. You may be wondering how a hanger could have any impact at all. Well, read on and you will see.
Replacing mix matched adult hangers for personal children’s hangers can give children the extra boost in self confidence that they need to get things done. Giving them the responsibility of hanging their own laundry can normally be considered a chore. Imagine your little girl’s closet decorated with beaded glamorous children’s clothes hangers. These little beauties make laundry time fun for any girl. They come in a lot of different colors, so you are sure to find the one that suits your little girl’s style.
The same goes for little boys. There is a wide variety of colors and styles available that can compliment your son’s theme. Slim-line hangers are great for kids. They are very durable and can stand up to the things that little boys may come up with. They are easy to handle and hang very nicely in the closet. The size and shape of today’s children’s hangers protect delicate fabrics from stretching, snagging or tearing. This can be especially important to you as a parent if some of your child’s clothes will become keepsakes.
Giving kids responsibility and teaching them to find fun in it is a valuable lesson. You can even make a game of it. Bring the basket of laundry to your child’s room. Set a timer and see how many of their shirts they can get out of the pile in one minute. Then challenge them to hang the clothes in five minutes. Getting a step ladder for their closet can make this task a fun climbing adventure. Make sure that your child has the proper skills to do this safely. Brag on how nice and neat the closet looks. Encourage them to step back and appreciate it with them. If you have a chore chart, let your child put a sticker in the appropriate section. Offer bonus rewards for helping you put folded clothes into the drawers.
Having special children’s clothes hangers can be very motivating. It personalizes the responsibility and helps children really get a good healthy lesson out of it. Not only will they learn that helping is easy, but they will see it as fun, too. Encouraging them to take pride in their accomplishments will set them up for wanting to make many accomplishments in life. Who would have thought that childrens clothes hangers could do so much?

About the Author: Ron Maier is the owner of Only Kids Hangers, a leading provider of childrens hangers. The right childrens clothes hangers really make the difference in kid's retail or home organization. For more information, please visit www.onlykidshangers.com.

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Friday, April 11, 2008

Kids: Organization Tips

Kids can accumulate an incredible amount of stuff. Keeping it organized is a challenge for any parent or child. You may be looking for some tips on keeping your child’s room neat and clean without spending a bundle. Here are a few tips that you can use to organize the space that you have and have fun doing it!

Let your child be involved. Make it a fun experience for the both of you. Start by cleaning the room. Try the “Big to Little” game. See who can keep finding the larger item. Start by picking up and putting away the largest item you can find. If your child finds one bigger, they get a point. Race around the room seeing who can pick up the larger item. Eventually, you will be down to the littlest toys and it becomes more and more of a challenge. You can even keep score by categories. First, get all of the laundry out of the room. Second, sports equipment should be put away. Next will come toys and shoes. Last would be trash. Come up with your own categories to fit your child’s belongings and make it fun. You might have categories like cars, dolls or balls.

Once the room is clean you can start organizing. Keep simplicity in mind. If all of the toys have a place, then it is a lot easier to clean up the next time. Simply throwing them all into a toy box will cause confusion. It may seem simple, but trying to find a specific toy can lead to a toy avalanche in the bedroom. Shelving, bins, buckets and baskets make a lot more sense.

Shelving can be inexpensive. Just make sure that your shelving is sturdy enough to withstand a child climbing on it, just in case. You may want to anchor the shelves to the wall, especially if your child is young. Create a bin, bucket or basket for each type of toy. Labeling the spot on the shelves for it makes cleaning up a snap and encourages reading and language skills. You can even build your own shelves with nice planks of wood and some simple “L” brackets. This can help you make use of corners and unused closet space.

Keeping the room clean should be rewarded. A reward system can be very motivating and set your child on a path of life-long organization. Create a chart and use foil stars to mark progress. One star can be for laundry being put away or in the laundry basket. Another can be for picking up toys, and so forth. Create a reward, such as going out for ice cream, for thirty stars. Smaller rewards can be given along the way if you wish. Let’s say that your child has five stars by Saturday mornings. The reward can be going to the park or something of your child’s choice.

Show your child the proper way to put away their clothes. Very young children can even fold and hang their own clothes. Consider building some closet shelving down low for them to put away the clothes that they fold. Invest in some nice childrens hangers to encourage them to hang certain items. Keeping the laundry in check is a good way to start organizing.

The important thing is to have fun and be encouraging, not degrading. Keeping up with cleanliness and organization is something that has to be learned and it may not be easy teaching it. Patience gets results, so use your imagination and your child could be organized in no time.

About the Author: Ron Maier is the owner of Only Kids Hangers, a leading provider of childrens hangers. The right childrens clothes hangers really make the difference in kid's retail or home organization. For more information, please visit www.onlykidshangers.com.

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Monday, March 31, 2008

Child’s Closet Project

Are you looking for a fun weekend project to share with your child? Consider a fun closet make-over that shows your child that you respect their choices and interests.

The first thing you should do is to brainstorm with your child. What are their interests? What are their hobbies? Would they like to theme their closet or paint it to match their room decorations? Encourage them to express their individuality. Try not to interfere much with their choices. After all, it is just their closet and you can always change it later.

Choose paint colors together. Decide what features your child’s closet will have. Cork boards can give them a space to post up pictures of friends and family. Here they can also display ribbons, art, and clippings from their favorite magazines. Use decorative ribbon criss-crossing for a unique look. You can even spruce up a dull frame by painting on soccer balls, fairies, or any other interest your child might have. Personalize it with initials or their name.

The front of the closet door can also be used for organization. This is a great place for slotted file hangers for organizing homework, projects, letters and art. Continue the organization inside. Design a layout of shelving that accommodates your child’s special needs. If you have a son with lots of sports equipment, you might like some large bins near the bottom to hold balls, pads and shoes. Adding wooden or wire system shelving makes organizing fun and easy. It is also easy on the wallet. Bins and baskets can hold everything from mouth guards to hair bows, art supplies to collectibles. Leave a section for hanging clothes. Opt for decorative children’s hangers that do not take up extra space and stretch out their clothes.

Special lighting or light pulls can make a closet fun. Allow your child to paint their name on the door itself if they want. Encourage artistic expression as you go. When your child tells you of their interests, be interested and supportive of uniqueness and individuality.

This is a great opportunity to keep the lines of communication open between you and your child. You will end up being closer in the end. You will share a fun experience together. You will have something fun and unique to show for all of your hard work. You will encourage teamwork and self-esteem. Who knew that a kid’s closet could actually bring you closer to them? All along we thought that it was just about the childrens clothes hangers.

About the Author: Ron Maier is the owner of Only Kids Hangers, a leading provider of childrens hangers. The right childrens clothes hangers really make the difference in kid's retail or home organization. For more information, please visit www.onlykidshangers.com.

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Saturday, March 08, 2008

Spruce Up a Kid Closet

Children can accumulate more clothes than adults. They are constantly growing up and out of their clothing. Therefore, parents end up adding to their wardrobe in an effort to keep up with the seasonal needs of their growing child. New things make their way into the closet, but rarely do the old things find their way out. Clothes end up being stuffed further and further back on that hanging rod. It is time to take care of the clutter and invest in a closet makeover.

Revamping a closet does not necessarily take a lot of time or money. You can invest in intricately designed closet organizing systems if you would like. These can include built in shoe racks, multiple hanging bars, baskets, shelves and drawers. But sometimes you may not have upwards of one thousand dollars to invest in your child’s closet. Here are a few solutions to make your kid’s closet interesting, trendy, organized and most of all, usable.

You can make use of very little space with a little elbow grease. First, you want to empty the closet and give away any clothes that have been outgrown or will be outgrown by the time the next season for it rolls around. Also get rid of clothes, shoes or coats that you child simply does not ever want to wear. There is no use keeping it around if they do not like it. Once you get your inventory down to a manageable level, estimate how many items need to be actually hung. Dresses, suits and coat should always be hung. Many children have very few of these and using the entire closet to hang them is a huge waste of a usable space. Purchase an adjustable bar so that you can customize the size down to only what you need.

Next, take measurements of the inside of the closet. You will need height, width and depth. Make a drawing of the closet you have in mind. Include shelving where you can keep baskets. Reserve one or two longer shelves where you can stack jeans, shorts and t-shirts. You may even want to lay out stacks of your child’s clothing to determine how long of a shelf you will need. Buy sanded wood planks that can be used as shelves in the closet. Most lumber places will cut the boards to your specifications free of charge. 2×4 boards make wonderful, inexpensive, sturdy braces for the shelves. Simply drill screws through the 2×4 into a stud behind the wall. Create a place for the shelf and place it on top. You can secure the shelf with screws or leave it loose. If you leave it loose, you can create an adjustable closet system that grows with your child.

The last step is to put baskets on the smaller shelves. Here you can store hair accessories, socks and underwear, basically eliminating the need for a dresser in the room. Investing in some higher quality childrens clothes hangers can really spruce up a boring closet and increase the longevity of your child’s clothes.

About the Author: Ron Maier is the owner of Only Kids Hangers, a leading provider of childrens hangers. The right childrens clothes hangers really make the difference in kid's retail or home organization. For more information, please visit www.onlykidshangers.com.

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Spruce Up a Kid Closet

Children can accumulate more clothes than adults. They are constantly growing up and out of their clothing. Therefore, parents end up adding to their wardrobe in an effort to keep up with the seasonal needs of their growing child. New things make their way into the closet, but rarely do the old things find their way out. Clothes end up being stuffed further and further back on that hanging rod. It is time to take care of the clutter and invest in a closet makeover.

Revamping a closet does not necessarily take a lot of time or money. You can invest in intricately designed closet organizing systems if you would like. These can include built in shoe racks, multiple hanging bars, baskets, shelves and drawers. But sometimes you may not have upwards of one thousand dollars to invest in your child’s closet. Here are a few solutions to make your kid’s closet interesting, trendy, organized and most of all, usable.

You can make use of very little space with a little elbow grease. First, you want to empty the closet and give away any clothes that have been outgrown or will be outgrown by the time the next season for it rolls around. Also get rid of clothes, shoes or coats that you child simply does not ever want to wear. There is no use keeping it around if they do not like it. Once you get your inventory down to a manageable level, estimate how many items need to be actually hung. Dresses, suits and coat should always be hung. Many children have very few of these and using the entire closet to hang them is a huge waste of a usable space. Purchase an adjustable bar so that you can customize the size down to only what you need.

Next, take measurements of the inside of the closet. You will need height, width and depth. Make a drawing of the closet you have in mind. Include shelving where you can keep baskets. Reserve one or two longer shelves where you can stack jeans, shorts and t-shirts. You may even want to lay out stacks of your child’s clothing to determine how long of a shelf you will need. Buy sanded wood planks that can be used as shelves in the closet. Most lumber places will cut the boards to your specifications free of charge. 2×4 boards make wonderful, inexpensive, sturdy braces for the shelves. Simply drill screws through the 2×4 into a stud behind the wall. Create a place for the shelf and place it on top. You can secure the shelf with screws or leave it loose. If you leave it loose, you can create an adjustable closet system that grows with your child.

The last step is to put baskets on the smaller shelves. Here you can store hair accessories, socks and underwear, basically eliminating the need for a dresser in the room. Investing in some higher quality childrens clothes hangers can really spruce up a boring closet and increase the longevity of your child’s clothes.



About the Author: Ron Maier is the owner of Only Kids Hangers, a leading provider of childrens hangers. The right childrens clothes hangers really make the difference in kid's retail or home organization. For more information, please visit www.onlykidshangers.com.

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