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I really don't want to put wardrobes in my boys' rooms as they take up so much space and am wondering how long we can get away with just using dressers. Right now, my kids are little and just chuck everything in drawers but they are starting to acquire school uniform shirts and such that could be hung. WDYT? Do boys actually require wardrobes or can I get away with just putting a couple nice shirts and pairs of trousers for them in one common closet somewhere?
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I don't think it matters that much.

My 10yo just has a tiny room where he just has single big garage? storage hook thing instead of a closet or wardrobe. It is attached to the wall and sticks out about 10 inches and that's his entire closet bar. (It's sort of a long horizontal U shape if you can picture that) We have a larger walk in closet nearby, that we can put a few extra things in but he has space for a couple of jackets and about eight button down in his room and that is all he has. He doesn't have anything in the big closet right now.

You can always hang just a few hangers on regular pegs.

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Everything except my son's underware, socks and shorts is on hangers (shirts, jammies, and pants).

He pulls his stuff out of the laundry pile, puts it on hangers I pull down and then hangs then on the closet door knob for me to hang.
It's all high (can't modify the closet) so I put it up for him. He can get it down, but getting it looped over the rail is an issue.

For his drawer stuff I bought on of those rolling plastic drawer bin things that sits just inside the closet so he put that stuff away and get to it himself.
The bins come in a tall, thin stack and short, wide stack.

No dresser needed. I don't even have my dresser in the actual room. It's just the right size to fit in the closet.

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I'm sure it depends. I've known guys who hung up almost nothing, and others who had nearly everything on hangers. If your wardrobe consists of tshirts, jeans, and basketball shorts you probably don't need anything more than a dresser.

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I think OP just wanted to make space for a few uniform shirts and slacks.

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We actually are moving away from dressers, and towards more use of closets.

With a closet, the kids, can flip through the clothes, and pick what they want, without unfolding EVERYTHING!

I've come to prefer it. YMMV.

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Ime - never. Or maybe that's just my dh!

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We don't have any dressers at all, and hang everything (except undies, socks, and jammies).

I'd say, though, you can get away with just using a dresser for years to come. You can always hang a few pieces in your closet or on a doorknob, towel rack, shower rod, etc. if you don't have a dedicated closet for your DS's.

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My boys share a tiny room with a closet so it's actually easier for us to hang almost everything. and they are 14 and 12.
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We actually are moving away from dressers, and towards more use of closets.

With a closet, the kids, can flip through the clothes, and pick what they want, without unfolding EVERYTHING!

I've come to prefer it. YMMV.
I do, too. All of my kids' clothes, except undies/socks/PJs, are hung up. Undies and socks get a basket each in their closet, and PJs have a small bin each.

The kids can see what their choices are and go from there.

Also, it limits the _amount_ of clothing my kids have. The kids have only as much as fits on a rod: pants, shirts, dresses, T-shirts...everything. It really simplifies it for me.

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Ime - never. Or maybe that's just my dh!
haHA!

Since I love the hanging clothes, I was about to say, as soon as they can comfortably reach the bar to hang them, but if they don't have or need a wardrobe for any other reason, I would just install a couple of pegs on the back of the bedroom door for their uniforms.

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OK, I probably should have stated that we don't have any closets in our house, so to hang stuff for the boys, I either need to get them freestanding wardrobes or build them in. Right now they don't really have anything beyond uniforms that could be hung but I'm trying to look ahead and plan their room design accordingly. I just don't want to give up tons of real estate for a wardrobe if we'll be able to get by with cabin beds and under-bed drawers, plus the odd dresser.

FWIW I have 4 kids and they will have 5 uniforms each. I don't see them needing a suit or anything for a really long time yet, and we don't wear jackets or coats or anything like that here.
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If you're just thinking about how to store the uniforms, you could get one or two of those simple hanging racks at Lowes' and store all 20 of the uniform pieces in one central location like the laundry room, or something, so that uniforms could go directly from the dryer to a hanger.

This is what I do with my husband's uniforms. He wears one daily for work and there are a billion different types of shirts/pants/sweaters/dress uniforms, etc., and I keep them all downstairs on racks. They go from washer/dryer to a hanger on a rack five feet away. There simply isn't enough room in our closet for all of it, so I keep it all there.

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I really don't want to put wardrobes in my boys' rooms as they take up so much space and am wondering how long we can get away with just using dressers. Right now, my kids are little and just chuck everything in drawers but they are starting to acquire school uniform shirts and such that could be hung. WDYT? Do boys actually require wardrobes or can I get away with just putting a couple nice shirts and pairs of trousers for them in one common closet somewhere?
My husband get's by with only hanging dress shirts and dress pants (and suit jackets). Basically, anything that needs to be ironed. It's not an issue. I, OTOH, hang everything but underwear. If it's easier for you, I'd keep folding, and have a communal closet. Every master closet I've ever been in has the wife's stuff in the guys space, so you may well get them used to the communal closet!

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My ds wears uniforms to school and does have quite a collection of nice clothes (as I have a boutique shopping problem)...but we don't hang anything anymore. I used to but as he has gotten a little older and wants to pick out his own stuff, it's easier for me to not bother with it.
Everything gets folded and either put into his small dresser-it has four drawers, and houses socks & undies, house clothes and pj's. He does have a nice closet in his room but I had my FIL make it all shelves from top to bottom. This holds (at his level), all of his uniforms and regular clothes.
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My 9yo ds still keeps all of his clothes in a dresser.

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My 8 yr old DS keeps the majority of his clothes in a dresser also.

I hang up his school shirts and a few other shirts, but I just get them down for him when he needs them because they are too high for him to reach in the wardrobe.

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Well, my 9 y/o could care less. But all of his clothes are hung except shorts, undies and socks. Those are kept in 2 stacking sorters inside his closet. HE decided that his dresser needed to be used for his arsenal. He would rather store his clothes on the floor.
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I think I would mount two pegs (fairly long ones) on the wall per kid. The uniforms items can be placed on hangers then hung on the pegs, shirts on one and pants on the other. Most often when pegs are mentioned I automatically think one or two items are placed on then pegs and then it is done. By hanging hangers on the pegs you can store the uniforms in a minimal amount of space but they will still be neat and easily accessed. Oh. . and cheap too!
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Well not that my story will help you any but DS is 10 and goes thru cycles of hanging vs drawers... sometimes everything gets a hanger and others everything gets in a drawer (not usually folded).

Since he turned 10 (2 wks ago) DS is now in charge of his laundry . DS had a habit of holding all his dirty laundry until he was out of everything then telling me he needed it done... UMMM I dont think so... LOL

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