I started by moving everything out. The first thing I moved in was this bookshelf I got from freecycle. The back was broken so I just removed it and then added small pieces of wood at the base of each shelf for stability and to keep my son from pushing things off the back.
But then I got a new bookshelf from Ikea to try to organize some of his smaller toys like legos and squinkies which meant his books needed a new home. We were able to fit the toys in an empty drawer in his dresser which freed up the shelves for his books.
I know it looks like he has a ton of clothes but my son is the youngest and gets TONS of hand-me-downs. His closet actually stores 3 years of sizes of winter clothes. We store all his shorts, short sleeved t-shirts, and pants in his dresser. It’s so much easier to have all his clothes out that he’ll need for a while. I have fewer tubs I need to store in my basement and we don’t have clothes that he never wears because they’re packed away and we forget about them.
One more look at the before and after
I did put the sliding doors back on. I was tempted to change them to bi-fold like I did with my husband’s closet and my kitchen pantry. I think it’s so much easier when you can open it all the way and see everything. However, his closet isn’t a standard size (grrr . . . . stupid builders . . . . ) so I would have to make the opening bigger . . . by 1 inch. That will have to wait for another day.