By the time you've bought the 10th princess dress or set of knight's armour for your imaginative child, you're probably going to be wondering where to store all these dress up clothes. Luckily, it's possible to get creative with storage to fit even big piles of clothing and accessories into a child's bedroom or another suitable room in the house. Often you can avoid spending money too, by recycling items you no longer use.
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Bins On Wheels
One problem a lot of parents find is that their kids' rooms are already full to bursting with furniture and they just don't have the space to install more storage options. A way around this is to head under the bed, by investing in storage bins on wheels. You can store a number of items in each bin and then, when the child wants to play with her dress up wardrobe, she can simply roll out the storage bin from under the bed.
Another solution for already packed kids' rooms is to convert existing furniture into a storage option for your child's dress up clothing. For example, you might find that you have a bookcase that's only half full of books. You can use the spare shelves to hold dress up shoes, purses and other accessories. In addition, as the Chica and Jo crafts blog suggests, you can remove all of the shelves in a bookcase to create a whole new storage space. Just add a tension rod and you'll have an area suitable for hanging up larger items including dresses, skirts and shirts.
Suitcases and Trunks
It's worth checking out your attic for old suitcases or travel trunks that your family no longer uses. Even broken suitcases can be useful, since the case doesn't need to shut properly. A suitcase stored horizontally, or even vertically if you're pushed for space, can easily hold many dress up clothing items, and it doesn't matter if things aren't neatly placed back in the case after use. A trunk can also be decorated with stickers and paint by you or your children, and may feature small compartments which can hold items such as wallets and jewellery.
You can buy wall hooks from homeware stores and attach them within reach of your child. Wall hooks are useful when it comes to hanging certain dress up clothing items such as jackets and coats, or accessories such as hats and scarves. You could potentially hang a few items on each wall hook.
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