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Rubbermaid insider divulges the best way to share a wardrobe….

Consider a well-designed kids’ wardrobe to be a must-have in today’s busy household. By setting up wardrobe organisation systems that help your kids store their clothing, accessories, toys and sports gear more effectively, you can reduce the amount of time spent searching for items, or for space to put away daily essentials. Helping your kids keep themselves organised leads to fewer headaches for mum, too.

“Busy people want to simplify their lives and reduce stress,” says Betty Schmal, Rubbermaid’s Product Manager for Wardrobes, who suggests using Rubbermaid’s Configurations™ wardrobe organisation system. “With Configurations™, everything you need to increase your storage space is in one box. There’s only one or two rails to install. All the shelves and hang rods are adjustable, so you don’t have to worry about measuring wrong or changing your mind,” she says.

For siblings who share a bedroom, smart storage solutions are doubly essential when it comes to wardrobe space. We asked Betty how she would use Rubbermaid Configurations™ to divide one wardrobe between two sisters. Here’s what she advised:

  1. Build a common shelf stack in the centre of the wardrobe. Assign upper shelves to the older child, lower to the younger child. The lowest shelves can hold shoes.
  2. Create hanging space on either side of the middle shelf stack, one for each sister. Double rows of hanging rods maximise storage, although for those under the age of five, a third row of rods may be required.
  3. Use a top shelf that runs across the entire wardrobe to hold containers of out of season clothing, clothes that haven’t been grown into yet, and activities that may need parental supervision.

The best part: Configurations™ can be easily rearranged as your children grow, or once your older child goes away to college and the younger one finally has the room all to herself!