{organizing with style} Closet Rod Divider Tutorial

Thanks to everyone who checked out our organized nursery closet earlier this week.  Now I'm back with a quick tutorial on how I made custom clothing dividers to organize the different sizes of clothes.

I purchased the plastic closet rod dividers {affiliate link} at the Container Store for only $.99 each. They are also available on Amazon {affiliate link} in larger quantities for slightly less, depending on how many you need.

To make the labels, I used printable glossy sticker paper {Amazon affiliate link} which comes in full 8.5" x 11" sheets.  The plastic dividers have a lip around the edge, so I took careful measurements and created a template in Photoshop for labels that would fit nicely within the lip.  I was able to fit 6 labels onto one sticker sheet.

Creating this template was a bit tricky, so to save you some time and effort, you can download my closet rod divider template as a JPG file. Once downloaded, you can use Photoshop or your favorite editing program to change the color and add your own text and patterns or images.  Just be sure to print the file at 100% {do not choose any "scale to fit" options} and the labels should fit perfectly on 3.5" plastic closet rod dividers.

To customize my dividers, I used each of the colors found in our nursery design (light and dark teal, red, yellow and green), and added some of the white animal silhouettes that I had drawn for the nursery quilt.  I created labels for different sizes of clothes, including:  Newborn, 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9 months, 9-12 months, 12-18, 18-24, 2T, 3T and 4T.  

Once I had the labels designed, it was simply a matter of printing them onto the sticker paper, cutting them out, and sticking them onto the plastic dividers.  Cutting them is a bit of a time-consuming process (especially because I labeled both sides of each divider), but using sharp, fine-tipped scissors (like my favorite, the Cutter Bee Precision Cut Scissors) makes it much easier to cut the inside of each circle.

After cutting out each label, I peeled off the backing and stuck the labels onto the plastic dividers.  The sticker paper has a strong adhesive and is difficult to remove or re-position, so be careful to line the sticker up correctly before sticking it down.  I recommend holding the sticker just above the plastic while aligning it, and then sticking the top center down first and smoothing it out around the edges moving toward the bottom - this helps to avoid wrinkles or bubbles.  (Wow - please ignore my nail polish in these photos...I promise I repainted them the next day!)

These clothing dividers have been a huge help in organizing our nursery closet, ensuring that we can keep track of all the different sizes of clothes and that nothing gets overlooked and outgrown without being worn.

Of course, clothing dividers can be useful in any closet - not just in a nursery. I recently added two to our coat closet to make clear which coats belong to which boy.

If you don't want to go to the work of designing your own using my downloadable template, you can simply write directly on to the white dividers, or if you are specifically interested in purchasing cute custom dividers - email me and we can work something out! :) 

Check out these links for all of the posts about the nursery...

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