We have struggled with our boys' closet since we moved into this house almost 2 years ago. Our boys, now 8 & 6 share not a tiny, but certainly not a large room. The former owners had built in this sort of open locker system into the closet. It didn't seem like it would work well for us at the time, so we stuck with the dressers the boys had and this space was basically being wasted. The shelf had books and other random little things they would put on it, but basically, totally wasted space.
A few months ago our boys decided that they no longer wanted their bunk beds to be bunked. So we took them down and gave them each their own nightstand and they were happy. I on the other hand, was not so happy. With the beds no longer bunked, there was not much space left in the room. Their dressers were also not functioning well for them as they were growing older. I decided that we could no longer afford to not be utilizing the closet space. Ideally I wanted to rip out the whole 'locker' system and do a custom organizer that would work well for 2 kids. Unfortunately this wasn't an option since the carpet does not go under the bottom of the current unit. I had to figure out a way to just make it work. After some
frustration thinking we finally came up with something that works great!
I had my husband install hanging rods onto each side of the lockers. Nothing fancy, just cheap, adjustable rods that are mounted into the side walls. All shirts are hung up there.
After carefully measuring the shelves on the bottom, we set out for Michael's in search of some baskets. Not such an easy task when you are needing a large number of matching baskets with a specific amount of space to fit into!! After a long, and loud (we had all 4 kids with us...) trip, we finally ended up with the perfect set! Some bigger for pants, some smaller for things like swim suits, etc.
We already had one of these baskets with a lid, so I checked when we were at Michael's and found a matching one and keep each kid's pajamas in them. Works great to hold those heavier winter pajamas!
Here's how it all turned out. Each boy has their own side of the closet. It is working great and the boys love it! Best of all, we were able to get the two dressers out of their room and free up some space in there! I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out!