Closet Make-Over: Boy Style!
In his short 3 years of life, Henry has managed to go through a LOT of clothes. Luckily they’ve all fit in this old dresser I re-painted before he was born.
Admittedly, Erik and I took over his closet for our own overspill. But the time has come, with Henry starting pre-school in August, to start hanging up his outfits. My vision is that instead of me picking something out for him in the morning and fighting him to get it on, he’ll choose his own outfit and calmly put it on himself (yeah, right). 😉 This, my friends, is what I started with.
*Shudder* The first step was to clear all this out and put in a double bar low enough to hang his clothes so he could reach them.
This was super simple-and cheap-with a $10 bar from Home Depot and two bar holders screwed into the closet walls.
I then organized our clothes back into the closet neatly, clearing out all the junk on the top shelf. The bottom bar was still clear and ready for his outfits.
One of my personal strategies for having more style is to hang all my outfits up together-the entire outfit, top and bottom, is hung on the same hanger. I wanted to do the same for Henry so he wasn’t trying to match up pieces, and I would know that all the outfits looked nice together. I started by pulling out all his button-up shirts and laying them out. I get all his clothes at thrift shops, so he has a LOT of pieces. I rolled up the sleeves on his shirts so they look less ‘ready for the office’ and more ‘ready to play and have fun’.
Then I took out his long and short sleeve cotton shirts and started matching them up with the button-up shirts-most were solid colors, but a few were classy graphic tees that could show through and still look nice.
Then I took all his nice sweaters and sweatshirts and did the same thing-matched them up with long and short sleeve under shirts.
I then pulled out his pants, and matched those up with the tops. There are really only types of bottoms for boys-pants and shorts. Because we live in Northern California, he can wear both year-round. Sometimes a sweater was matched up with shorts, but it all worked.
After this last step, the outfits were ready to hang on the hangers. I folded the pants over the hanger bar, put the first shirt on and then layered the button up shirt or sweater/sweatshirt on top. The results were so great!
I hung the outfits with pants on the left side and the outfits with shorts on the right, with an empty hanger in between. Henry can choose which type of bottom he wants, and then pick his outfit accordingly. I can trust that he’ll always look put-together for school, but he can also feel agency and control over his wardrobe! Best of all, there are about 25 different outfits, so I won’t be pressed to laundry for a while. 😉