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    Easy Ideas for a Back-to-School Kids’ Closet Redo

    Sadly, or happily (depending on who you ask!), August is sneaking up and summer fun to-do lists are drawing to an end:

    • Amusement park
    • Museum
    • Pool time
    • Vacation
    • Family Reunion
    • Probably a PCS.

    There also might have been a little home improvement action during the summer fun mix. The deck was repainted and the garden overhauled, but is there still time for a little project for you and the kids to work on?


    Everybody is tired of the heat but not bored enough to work on flash cards or summer school workbooks, so take advantage of helpful hands to clean out, recycle, and renew closet space. A closet redo can easily be done in a weekend or bits of prep can be done days ahead to whittle the project length down. 

    There isn’t anything better than starting school completely organized and ready to go, making this school year the best yet. Threaten the alternative, multiplication table memorization, if you get a lot of resistance from the kids!

    What You’ll NEED:

    New hangers. Gift the small baby ones and discard the wire and broken hangers. Uniform hangers consolidate space and make the overall appearance feel clean. Choose a combination of notched and smooth varieties to accommodate all types of items that can be hung. For the ultimate in organization, hang each hanger in the same direction!

    Cleaning products. Broom, vacuum, duster, and cleaning solution to wipe down walls and shelves. If you have a spare outlet, use a plug in type scent or a standalone scent diffuser/deodorizer.

    Fresh box of heavy-duty garbage bags. For donate, trash, giveaway, and possibly clothes for consignment.

    Organizational tools. Over-the-door shoe hangers don’t only hold shoes. If space is tight, the small pockets are excellent for undies, socks, tights, bathing suits, and anything else roll up-able. Plastic bins and buckets are also useful. 

    What You’ll WANT:

    A new rug. A fun burst of color makes everything better.

    A replacement light fixture. Bare bulbs or drum style fixtures with ancient dead bugs inside are never good.

    Pretty paint in secret spaces. Closet walls and inside shelving gaps are a great start. Who wouldn’t want a sky blue ceiling? Limits are only in your imagination. Patterned contact paper will achieve the same look without the permanency.

    Decorative storage bins and baskets. Nothing complements a new paint job like accessories. For great deals, use coupons and military discounts for stores like Michaels who always have a wide variety on hand.

    Stool or chair. The kids might need help reaching high shelves or a place to put on shoes.

    Organizing and cleaning closets is a great confidence builder in a weird way. For those reluctant DIYers, the satisfaction of a finished project is achievable in minimal time with little investment. You’re also likely helping your community with donations and can earn yourself a shiny gold star for trying something new, like a paint project, which might just encourage another home project. Pantry…master bedroom closet…garage…porch…

    Don’t worry, if you happen catch a wave of decorating or DIY inspiration, MilitaryByOwner is there to guide and refer readers to a collection of how-tos and motivating blog posts!Home Decorating Toolkit for Military Families

    Dawn M. Smith


    Dawn M. Smith

    Dawn is a real estate and military life writer who has a serious HGTV habit. When she is not writing, her teen daughter, Army husband, and golden retriever keep her busy through chauffeur duties, travel planning, and long dog walks. Dawn is pleased to share her experiences with MilitaryByOwner readers who are hoping to simplify military family journeys of all kinds. Follow Dawn on Pinterest for more ideas and resources and visit her site at Dawn M. Smith Custom Content Creation.

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