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I’m on a roll! This is the fourth post in a series I’m devoting to all things closet at my house. {Find the previous posts here, here and here.} Today I’m taking you on a tour of Mabrey’s closet. Of all the bedroom closets, it is by far the smallest.

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The closet is located behind the bedroom’s door when open which makes things cumbersome. I removed the closet door and replaced it with a curtain for easier access. I hung a curtain panel from an inexpensive tension rod. The closet curtain matches the panels hanging at the window. They’re from West Elm a few years back.

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For consistency, I painted the closet the same color as the rest of the room. The walls in all of our home’s closets are textured or else I would have been tempted to trying something fun like wallpaper. When the curtain is open, the closet feels like a continuation of the nursery and I like the way everything pops against the dark background.

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I utilized a freestanding shelving unit to keep items off the floor. The shelving once lived in the craft closet of our previous home. I was happy to be able to reuse it here. Since this is a nursery, I couldn’t justify the installation or cost of a legit closet organization system. This a closet that will evolve over time as needs change so the fact that the shelving unit is easily removable is a plus.

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I line up Mabrey’s shoes on the top shelf. This is the only closet in the house that has shoes in it! All other shoes live in a shoe cabinet in the master bedroom, a basket in the mudroom or on a shoe rack in the garage. But Mabrey’s shoes are so little and rarely dirty that it doesn’t hurt to have them taking up residence in her closet. Plus, they’re cute! A side note: all the shoes you see here are hand-me-downs. Love.

I hide items with not-so-pretty packaging in baskets on the next shelf down. I use cloth diapers on Mabrey most of the time but always have disposables on hand for nighttime and outings. The baskets contain a small stock of disposable diapers, swim diapers and wet wipes. There are even disposable training pants in there that were handed down to us from a neighbor.

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Below the diaper paraphernalia is the diaper bag and portable changing pad. I don’t tote them around regularly now that Mabrey is a toddler and requires less stuff. The bag works great as her overnight bag and I’ll grab the changing pad if I know we’re headed somewhere with less than stellar bathroom facilities. I keep a laundry basket on the bottom shelf for outgrown items waiting to be donated.

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I hang dresses that fit Mabrey on matching hangers next to the shelving unit. The rest of her clothing currently in rotation is stored in bins and baskets within her changing table – an IKEA EXPEDIT. I find it easier to dress her and keep her room tidy by only having the things that fit her readily accessible. Little ones grow so quickly, I can’t see spending money on pricey, child-sized wood hangers. Instead, I have white plastic hangers from Target. $1 for a pack of ten. For the few dresses that have matching leggings or tights, I hang them on the Target hangers but keep the bottoms on the off-the-shelf piggyback hangers.

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I store hand-me-downs that are too big in baskets along the top shelf of the closet. They are separated by size. Once they fit, I bring them down to the changing table to go into Mabrey’s regular rotation…and the “too littles” go into the donation basket. It’s a system that works well. No digging through piles of clothing to find something that fits. It also allows me to make a clear and concise shopping list for items Mabrey may be lacking. Thanks to our nieces {we have no nephews!} and generous friends, the list is usually short.

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An item I keep in the closet that isn’t much to look at but might come in handy is the conversion kit to remove one side of the crib when / if Mabrey starts climbing in / out of bed. I taped the instructions to the bed rail because I know it will be a race to convert the crib should Mabrey decide to take up bed climbing.

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And that’s it! A tiny but tidy closet. A few things before I go:

*This closet series is so effective! Even if you guys are getting nothing from it {I hope that isn’t the case}, I am. I am on a mission to whip all the closets in our house into shape. In fact, I painted the nursery closet and hemmed the curtain just this week. It only took me a year and a half!

*Now I’m itching to paint the other two bedroom closets to match their room’s walls. Since, you know, I repainted the rooms after we moved in.

*The open space under the hanging dresses is reserved for Mabrey’s toy vacuum coming this Christmas. Not a word!

*Little red cowgirl boots are UH-DOORRRRRABLE.

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*So are naked toddler buns.

Put some clothes on, girl! Can’t you see I’m taking pictures of your closet to post on the world wide web?

images: Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

47 Comments

13.December.2013

LOVE this post!! My little toddler man’s closet is so ineffectual, you’ve inspired me to grab a freestanding rack and get to it. (And love that you showed toddler buns. Adorbs!)

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replied on December 13th, 2013

I found the shelving unit at Lowe’s a few years ago. Maybe they still carry it or something similar?

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replied on December 13th, 2013

Thanks! I’m almost positive they still do, I just never saw it and thought “Hadley’s closet, yes!” until now. :-) Will check it out!

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replied on December 14th, 2013

Same here ! I have one, and I know it will fit perfectly in my daughter’s little closet. Definitely stealing this idea when I redecorate her room next year. =)

replied on December 16th, 2013

You can also find one similar to this at Target. I have a tall skinny one that was very reasonably priced, but I know they have some shorter wide ones like this… They also come with wheels.

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13.December.2013

Her closet is so cute and functional! And I can’t believe how big she’s gotten, although I’m sure it is more of a shock for you than me.

http://jax-and-jewels.blogspot.com

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13.December.2013

I especially love the fact that even your closets match your homes decor… industrial looking shelving, tons of texture, and contrast with the white shelves and dark coloured walls. You amaze me!

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13.December.2013

Too cute all around! (especially Mabrey, of course) We’ve spread to fill our space–mostly me; I live with a minimalist. Beyond your style, which I love, your blog is a regular reminder of the benefits to people and planet of living smaller. And that’s a reminder I need.

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13.December.2013

Love love love it! you sparked the light bulb to turn on with a great idea for my boys shared, tiny closet. Thank you for the inspiration.

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Love this series…and you even inspired me to tackle our 2 hallway closets! They were in serious need of cleaning!

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13.December.2013

I love this series too! My twins share a small room and an even smaller closet. And the rest of our house has small closets too! You have inspired me. I will be taking this on after the holidays. Also – no need for clothes when you have a bow in your hair :) Too cute!

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replied on December 13th, 2013

Always a bow in the hair ;)

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13.December.2013

I wish I’d had such an organized clothing system when my boys were younger! Love those cowboy boots, too. So cute and funky!

I do wish that you wouldn’t post naked or half-naked pictures of Mabrey online, though. I know, I know. People will tell me to relax and that nothing’s showing, etc. But it can be a sick world with sick people with Photoshop who will put your naked child into compromising photos. Please reconsider posting these types of pictures.

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13.December.2013

Agree about the naked photos. Too many crazies in the world. Also want to comment that I’m a fan of white closet walls. Especially when there are no lights in them. One thing I wish we had done when we built this house was light the closets!

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13.December.2013

She is so adorable!! I want to see her wearing the red cowgirl boots ;-) Those are the cutest little boots ever!

I need to work on my son’s closet. It’s a nightmare. I also need to go through all of his clothes because our ‘system’ has failed miserably and his dresser is stuffed with things that don’t fit. This is inspiring me to get busy and clean things out!

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13.December.2013

I’ve been following your blog for a while, and I love love love your style :) I’ve also can’t remember ever seeing a post on your daughter’s bedroom. I love the wall color and would really like to see what the rest of the decor looks like. If you have posted, please direct me to that post ! If not, please consider it :)

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replied on December 13th, 2013

Mabrey’s nursery…

http://www.housetweaking.com/2012/08/28/mabreys-room/

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replied on December 14th, 2013

Wow, it was only about a year ago ? I must have been out of it to have missed it. Thanks for sharing =)

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13.December.2013

This is almost the exact size closet in our nursery and I’ve always been stumped about what to do with it. There were a few built in shelves that I’ve been using but with some extra baskets or bins, I could do a lot more. My son is at my parents’ house all day, maybe I’ll get to painting and organizing?!

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replied on December 13th, 2013

Just do it! You will feel so much better afterwards. Promise.

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13.December.2013

Love this and all of your posts!! I can’t stand our system of going through my boys’ (3 1/2 years & 16mos.) clothes, but I love how you’ve done it with the Expedit and IKEA baskets! We’ve been using Expedits for toys and boys clothes, etc etc for a while too so we already have that part of it. Now to pick up the freestanding shelf! :)

And totally LOVE the red cowgirl boots!!!

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13.December.2013

I love this. We are expecting our second in April and I have been in the process of purging items throughout the house and getting the nursery ready. Have you found that you like the curtain panels instead of doors better? I was also wondering where you got your diaper bag and changing pad?

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replied on December 13th, 2013

In our house with modest bedrooms and fairly small closets, I prefer the curtain panels. The original doors weren’t worth keeping, nothing special about them. I like the panels. I don’t need to worry about fingers getting smashed in sliding doors and the panels are much less cumbersome than solid doors in small rooms.

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replied on December 13th, 2013

Oh! And the diaper bag is actually an Amy Butler bag from her luggage line. I really wanted something that could be used beyond the diaper years. The changing pad is from an etsy shop called modmomME. Hope that helps!

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13.December.2013

What you’ve done is great. The system for future/outgrown sizes is genius. I’m going to begin doing something similar. Also, my 4 year old has those red cowgirl boots too. Uhdooooorable indeed!

jbhat

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13.December.2013

Just chiming in to agree with the comments about the last picture. Naked photos=no bueno.

Great closet ideas though. I wish I could do the closet curtain but in our older home the temperature in the closet is quite a bit lower than the bedroom. Also, the closet door is solid wood and I’d hate to get rid of it!

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13.December.2013

love the nakie buns! and don’t worry about the naysayers… yes, there are people out there who could take that photo and do something with it, but any pic of any child in any degree of dress could be used for that, and it doesn’t have any actual effect on your child.

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replied on December 13th, 2013

Thank you, Wendy. We aren’t too modest over here and I really enjoy capturing and sharing everyday moments.

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replied on December 13th, 2013

you are most welcome. way too much fear mongering out there and seeing you get hammered on for sharing … well, i had to say something.

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13.December.2013

it looks great! where did you purchase the rug?

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replied on December 13th, 2013

West Elm!

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replied on December 13th, 2013

I have that same rug in our master BR- love it! Great style, and soft underfoot.

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13.December.2013

nakie buns WITH the red boots would be even cuter :)

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13.December.2013

What is that gorgeous wall color? I’ve searched your archives, but I can’t find any mention of it.

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replied on December 13th, 2013

It’s Benjamin Moore dark pewter.

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That closet looks an awful lot like our nursery closet! Bed rail and all! Ours is a tad big bigger, so next to the shelving unit I also have a hamper and a small trash can.

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13.December.2013

Love this!!! Please keep the closets coming! I have the bigger version of that same metal rack thing in our garage so I’m going to Lowe’s to get the smaller version and doing similar in my 6 yr olds closet – that you for the inspiration – her room is simple, organized and just gorgeous!

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13.December.2013

My favorite part of this post? The part where you admit you only got around to finishing the closet in order to write the post! I always think of bloggers as living orderly and stylish lives, and sharing their pearls of wisdom with the rest of us.

Not that you’re not orderly and stylish!

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By the end i was a bit disappointed that there were no Mabrey bombs but oh did you deliver ;)

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14.December.2013

Hi – would you mind explaining how to select the correct curtain width for this? The closet I have in mind has a 36-inch opening.

Thanks!

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replied on December 14th, 2013

You definitely want the curtain panel to be wider than the width of the opening. Doubling the width is a good guess-timate. That will give the curtain(s) a fuller look as opposed to a piece of fabric just hanging in the doorway. I also like the panel to pool at the floor a bit. It gives it a more casual feel. Add ~3″ to the floor-to-rod length to achieve it.

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replied on December 16th, 2013

Thank you! I bought a 55″ width which seems to work fine. I think I am going to hem it to skim the floor, though. The pooling doesn’t look as nice with mine. :)

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02.January.2014

I’ve just removed my closet door and got a similar curtain at west elm too (you’ve inspired me as always!) Where did you get your tension rod and how did you hang it? From the pictures it looks you you hung it inside the closet? Can you provide me more information on how you hung the curtain? Thanks!

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replied on January 2nd, 2014

I think the tension rod is from Walmart but you can find them almost anywhere. I placed the rod at the top just behind the wood trim within the door frame that keeps {well, “kept” in this case} the door from swinging all the way through into the closet. Does that make sense? I think this method hides the tension rod well.

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replied on January 2nd, 2014

Thank you so much! Can I send email you pictures of my bathroom to get ideas from you on paint color and using the same ikea vanity you used? Thanks again!

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21.January.2014

We are also lovers of Ikea although I haven’t had much of a chance to “hack” anything yet. We currently use the expedit with desk attachment as our changing table for our toddler. The Gulliver crib turned toddler bed is empty as our toddler prefers the guest room. The Singular crib at his grandparents is still in use and still a crib.

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10.March.2014

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