Having a child means lots of toys every where all the time. Having an autistic child means having lots of every where and then having lots of patience to help them put those toys away.

For me, I’ve found having a system really helps, but doesn’t always work. Liam has containers with photos on them of the things that got back inside it, but that rarely happens. Instead, I go through his toys once a month and weed out things he doesn’t play with anymore. This also goes for his clothing too. I make him help me so that he learns the value of donating items, as well as the ability to discern what he needs and what he doesn’t.

This is something I’ve also been working on myself. I have an incredibly large his and hers closet, which is all mine and all hanging space. Super not helpful. Over the past year, I’ve looked into closet systems, trying to figure out what I wanted to do in the space. Well, I went to Target and found their Room Essentials shoe racks and then discovered that they had a whole closet system I could piece together as I could afford to.

So, after sorting clothes and going through shoes, and then finding the rest of my wardrobe in my garage, I took a circular saw to my closet to help me get the shelving system in place. I’m going to use my mouse sander and do some more word, but I’m happy with the results so far. I’m actually considering using this system in my son’s room when he’s older.

This is what my closet looked like before with these shelves and lots of hanging space.

 

I used a pry bar to get this shelf out. and then a hammer to pull out the nails.

 

So I thought I was done, but discovered i needed to cut the board that held the shelf.

Once I cut the board, I was able to get the drawers into the space. I’ll use my sander and make it look pretty.