I started by taking everything out of the closet. I went through every toy, stuffed animal and clothing item. I donated some, others went into storage and some were relocated. I ended up putting her toy box inside the closet and after sorting, most of her toys fit inside of it. The bulky toys were set on the other side within easy reach. Because I put the toy box in the closet, I had to take the green closet organizer out. Both wouldn't fit. The organizer was most useful for storing shoes and since it is gone now, I put the shoes on the top shelf.
After I organized the closet, the stuffed animals just didn't fit back inside. My first thought was to get rid of most of them, but many of them have special meaning and she loves to play with them so I couldn't do that. I came up with the idea of storing the stuffed animals in a basket and I found one I liked at Babies R' Us. All of them fit in the basket except a couple that I didn't mind parting with.
So far the basket has worked out really well. Maddie can now reach all her stuffed animals by herself and play with them whenever she likes. It is also easy to clean up which is something any mother can appreciate.
Thanks for reading and Happy Friday!