We've had a project abrewin' at our house. Ever since we heard about the concept of a family closet, we have been excited about implementing the idea.
The beauty of having a family closet is that all of the clothes in the house are located in one room, so putting away laundry is MUCH easier. Another benefit is that there is more space in the bedrooms when you don't have a dresser in each.
Phase one of the Family Closet Project was to clean out a small room that used to be our boys' room. Daniel took out all of the furniture, then I cleaned and swept in there. After giving it a fresh coat of paint, we were ready to put in shelves.
Phase two was choosing and installing shelving. We had to assess how much space we had in there, what type of shelves to use, and how to put them in without crowding the clothing too much. We chose metal shelves over wood, because although they are not as pretty, the metal does not retain moisture, and humidity can be a problem here.
The skylight in this room will also help keep humidity at bay.
Daniel put the shelves together, then anchored them to the wall.
We put down some shelf lining, and now the closet is ready to move everyone's clothes in.
During this process, I've been sorting through the children's clothes, passing down what needed to be passed down, and tossing what is worn out.
Another nice thing about our new Family Closet is that it is right next to the laundry room. No more folding the laundry on the couch, then having to deliver the stacks to separate rooms. Woo-hoo!