My son loves to dress himself. He actually changes his clothes 6+ times a day. I use to hang up all of his clothes only to find that he would go into his closet and pull down almost all of his clothes leaving the closet floor looking like a massive battle had taken place and tons of hangers had been dismembered. I had even put a ‘childproof’ door knob protector on toprevent him from getting into his closet, but he outgrew it.
I decided to move everything to his dresser to fix the broken hanger issue. This worked…sort of…while hangers were no longer broken, I would sped tons of time folding clothes only to have it unfolded in a matter of two changes of clothes. I even stopped folding clothes and was just putting them in the correct place but it still would look like the picture below in a matter on a few hours:
I began to start worrying that the dresser was going to get broken. My son just wanted to see everything out at once. He wasn’t being mean about it, but what you see in the picture is how my 3yr old son would open his drawers. Sigh…this problem was slowly driving me crazy.
I finally started shopping online to find some sort of open storage and looked towards Pottery Barn kids for my inspiration. Here is what I found and fell in love with:
The biggest issue I had with the piece of furniture I found, was that I do not like to invest a lot of money into a temporary item. I feel for children, somethings work and somethings don’t, or perhaps the useful lifespan isn’t as long as you had expected and then all of a sudden you have a lot of money invested into something that no longer is functional for you. I wanted 6 open cubbies so that would have cost over $300 for something that I ‘thought’ might work. Yeah, NOT going to happen.
I kept thinking about how much I liked the design and was actually going to build it, but my husband and I have a ton of outside projects we want to do and simply don’t have the time to build it.
So still wanting something like that, I started think that traditional open front sorting recycling bins would be ideal! We use to have them in my college dorms for sorting recycling and I decided it might be perfect. I looked them up on Amazon.com, but I didnt want to wait for shipping. I wanted to get it done NOW!
Wal-Mart saves the day!!!!!! I found stackable open front laundry baskets at Wal-Mart!!!!! Only $7.50/basket, I could make my open front dresser for my son and use them later as baskets! I also had a long white shelving piece leftover from when I took it out of my daughter’s closet to create more hanging room. I stacked the baskets by two and just set the wire shelf on top. I will go through and cable tie once I show my husband it<3
I’m so proud of my son! He really enjoyed putting away his clothing HIMSELF and LOVED that he could SEE everything!!! He has changed his clothes several times since I had out this up AND…he put the clothes he tried on AWAY!!!!
This was a great use of $45!!!!!! It might not be perfect, but it’s perfect for us<3. My son is now happy and I am a little more sain:-)
Remember…They Will Love Your Effort<3