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$100 Kids Closet Makeover Plan

Get organized this year with a functional kids closet makeover for only $100.

The year is starting, and I love to start fresh! So we took a look at what spaces in our home still need to be completed. And the biggest challenge we are facing is our kids closets!

Taking on my daughter’s bedroom closet for the $100 Room Challenge was the perfect solution!

In case you are new here, the $100 Room Challenge is a twice a year challenge that my friend Erin, from Lemon’s, Lavendar & Laundry hosts. Participants pick room in their house to makeover using only $100 in only 1 month.

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$100 Room Challenge logo.

You can see the 3 rooms I have already successfully updated for only $100 here: Office & Craft Room Reveal; Walk in Closet Reveal; and Colorful Farmhouse Laundry Room Reveal.

A $100 closet organization makeover is the perfect way to start the new year. You can never have too many closet organizers! And hopefully it will help my daughter keep her closet much cleaner.

Are you ready to see the before pictures…

Kids Closet Before Makeover

These photos are my dirty little secret, I am super embarrassed that I let it get this bad. But I guess that is what I needed to find a solutions for the kids closets.

Before photo of the kids closet before the storage and organization makeover.

The closet was made to work better for the kids by adding a second shelf and lowering the hang bar to an easier to reach level. But there is still only a basic closet hang bar.

And the shelves are too hight to store toys so things just get tossed up there. No real organization.

Close up of the current shelves in the closet before the $100 kids closet makeover.

My daughter’s room is on the small side, so after adding a full sized dollhouse and her new art easel to the room, the dresser got moved to the closet. As you can see, that was a bad idea!

Now the closet barely has any space for hanging items easily, the top of the dresser collects things that she doesn’t want find a place for. And the dresser drawers end up being left open and messy.

Top of the dresser in the closet showing how it is not great for being able to organize the space, before the closet makeover.

And while I am undertaking the closet, we are also going to tackle the shelf nook next to it. This nook is a great place to organize and store toys.

But as I am taking these before photos, I realize I never actually finished the shelves. They are unpainted and one is even missing the front trim. Whoops!

Before photo of the storage shelf nook next to the closet.

So we will finish the shelves and add some much needed organization solutions to the space.

Closet Organization Makeover Plan

So what is the plan to make this space both beautiful and functional???


We will start by purging. Sadly it has been a while since I took a deep dive into her clothes and toys and removed things that have been outgrown.

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To open up the space and add functional organization, we will remove the dresser and replace it with a built-in closet organizer.

The closet organizer will include drawers to function as a dresser. Plus there will be shelves for folded clothing to be easily stored.

There will be hang bars on both sides of the closet organizer cabinet so that the tops and dresses will be separated and easily hung.

3D Sketchup drawing of the DIY closet organizer we are building for the kids closet makeover.

3- Fresh Paint

All the current shelves and the new closet organizer will be painted a clean, fresh white. And this time I won’t forget the shelves in the nook!

The walls were painted in the last couple years, so we will give them a good cleaning to make them look new again.

4- Lots of Organization Solutions

Once we determine what will be staying beyond just clothes, we will create organization solutions for all of them.

This will include making bins, boxes, etc. to store away the toys. I am thinking there will be more fabric covered boxes like these ones.

Cardboard boxes covered in fabric to make beautiful DIY storage boxes.

Two of the biggest toy storage challenges my daughter has are her stuffed animals and art supplies. So we will definitely create solutions to address both of these.

5- Label Everything

Now that my daughter can read, we are going to make sure everything is labeled. Hopefully this will make cleaning (and keeping things clean) much easier for her.

6- Make it Pretty

Yes it’s a closet, but I want it to be fun and pretty. So we will add some design elements to bring in color and pattern.

Using the colors in her DIY upholstered daybed, we will tie the closet design in to the rest of the room. So even when the doors are left open (because they always are), the room will look great!

Build an upholstered day bed with these free build plans. This beautiful fabric covered headboard is the perfect focal point for your bedroom.

That is a big job for only 1 month and only $100, but I am confident we can do it!

Make sure to follow-along as we share all the projects and tutorials that will create a beautiful and organized kids closet makeover.

Before photos of the kids closet before the makeover with text overlay.

And for more $100 room makeover ideas, check out these other $100 Room Challenge participants.

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Monday 6th of January 2020

This is gonna be a super fun project! I cant wait to follow along. Those storage squares are super cute too


Saturday 4th of January 2020

Kati, I love these ideas! It’s going to look amazing and your kiddos will be thrilled!


Tuesday 4th of February 2020

Thanks Leigh! I am excited for her to keep it organized ;)

Erin- Lemons, Lavender, & Laundry

Thursday 2nd of January 2020

Woohoo!!! You don't even know how happy I am to see you participating again! I missed your makeovers. I cannot wait to see how you organize this closet space. One of my favorite DIYs you've done were the fabric covered bins in your master closet, so I'm excited to see that you'll be doing something similar in here. I know this makeover is going to be fabulous! Welcome back to the challenge!


Friday 3rd of January 2020

Erin, you are making me blush! I am super excited to be participating again. Cant wait to get going and make it amazing!

Lindsey @hilltown_house

Thursday 2nd of January 2020

Your plan looks fabulous! And I just LOVE those fabric bins. Cannot wait to see how it turns out


Friday 3rd of January 2020

Thanks Lindsey! Those fabric bins are so useful. I have them all over the house ;)


Thursday 2nd of January 2020

Hey, Kati! Glad to join you in another makeover challenge. I know your kids closet makeover is going to be amazinq!


Friday 3rd of January 2020

Thanks Patti! So excited to get started.

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