A closet that pulls double duty: Two growing girls sharing a tiny closet would normally be a recipe for disaster, but Alison and John were already making good use of the vertical space with two hanging rods. Molly’s clothes were arranged on the bottom rod, within reach. Organizers added to the back of the door (Corky Wall Organizer, $35, kangaroomstorage.com) have multiple pockets for papers, trinkets, and anything that might come out of the girls’ pockets at the end of the day. The cork strips are the perfect place for Alison to leave reminder notes.
Laundry, hiding in plain sight: Making use of available floor space in the closet, a bright orange ottoman ($229, pkolino.com) serves two purposes: First, it provides an out-of-sight hamper for dirty laundry. Second, the girls can safely step on it to reach items stored in overhead bins; the soft-top lid flips over to reveal a stable surface on which to stand.
Scaling down: Small, colorful hangers are suited to kids’ clothes and don’t cram the closet (Olka hangers, $4 for three, containerstore.com).