The Almost a Big Kid Toddler Closet

Our original closet concept went as follows: We purchased STUVA System frame WITHOUT the doors. We absolutely did not need doors for a toddler closet. Having them would’ve been like inviting more problems into our life. The extra gadgets we needed for storage were two wire baskets and one clothing rod. This gave little man easy assess to his clothes while keeping the cloth diapering items out of reach in the baskets. I also needed four packs of the children’s multi-colored hangers.

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You can read the rest of the article here. I detail ever aspect of one concept for a toddler’s montessori room. This particular style worked great for us, but has since been changed with the addition of a new baby!

This is how his closet has grown as he’s grown:

-We added more clothes and moved the rod higher up since he’s taller. Intially, since he was so much smaller/younger, we kept the clothes available to him minimized so that he wasn’t overwhelmed with choices and so if he dediced to go rogue pulling clothing out, he wouldn’t make a giant mess. Now, he knows his favorite shirts and the difference between short-sleeves for hot and long-sleeves for cold. It’s been a gradual development and it’s one of the reasons I love this closet because it has continued to grow as he’s grown. Once he’s in pre-k we’ll add the doors.
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-We traded cloth diapers for training pull-ups and underwear. So far, I have kept these only accessible to me as he is still potty learning. Once he’s completely potty trained, I’ll change it up and give him access to the underwear as well.
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-We moved toys out of the bottom and replaced it with a hamper. This gives him more responsibility for putting his dirty clothes in the right place.
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While the closet is the most noticeable example of how his montessori room items have been great long-term, it’s not the only item we are still utilizing. I redesigned the book nook just last weekend combining it with his play tent and tunnel. It came out great! Super cozy and perfect for reading together or by himself.
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We are also still using his grey Ikea bed. It has been expanded to its second longest length and moved into our bedroom as we attempt to get him out of our bed and into his.
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For us, flexibility has been most important when picking furniture for the kids. These items have performed beautifully! Find them at Ikea & Target!

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