Dress Up Storage

My oldest son loves dressing up. From a small age he was putting on anything he could find, he learned to dress himself long before he learned to talk.

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When planning out the toy room, the storage for the dress up clothes was high on my priority list. I contemplated doing something like the picture below.

In the end I decided to make room for them in the toy closet. I measured the height of the majority of dress up clothes and when my dad built the toy shelves we made sure to leave enough room to hang the clothes. I purchased an adjustable rod from Canadian Tire and my Dad came up with the hanging mechanism. I love that I can easily change the size, I have already expanded it once. 

Before

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After

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After about a month of trying out the new system, I noticed something was missing. It still felt disorganized. Boston is a lot like him me, makes huge messes but can't handle them. The picture below happens too often in the playroom. He makes a huge mess and then cries and has a meltdown because he can't function in the mess.

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Almost every costume comes with a few little accessories (hats, badges, etc) and I felt that was making it still feel disorganized. Another thing Boston loves is bags, a lot of bags. Which inspired the next step. I ordered drawstring bags off Etsy and hung from each hanger the corresponding accessories. The basket in the back holds misc dress up items that don't correspond to a hanging costume.

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My youngest son is now following in Boston's footsteps. My favourite part is Boston loves to dress up and take off Everett's clothes, I find Everett either naked or in random outfits whenever I turn my back.

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