I've been trying to figure out what works best in each of their rooms along the lines of furniture placement, and most importantly--toy organization. But I couldn't dilly dally and analyze options too much longer or I was going to go crazy.
I have learned what has NOT worked: Toy chests. Lord, why don't they put that info in 'What to Expect When You're Expecting' book? Or 'What to Expect Your First Year' book?
I bought 2 cedar chests to use as toy storage when M & W were babies. I quickly realized that this was not the route to go. And we have another toy chest in the den to catch toys that come out of the rooms. I do purge their toys about 3x a year, but again, no real organization of everything. Those Little People just fall to the bottom-bless their little hearts.
The kids' rooms are normal sized rooms...not too big, and not too small. But I quickly realized that we have got to organize UP. Floor space area is minimal.
And especially since Christmas, I have been chomping at the bit to get their rooms under control. I told hubby to get ready.
I bought (4) 71" 5-shelf bookcases at Target. They were on sale for $26 each. And I bought 18 fabric drawers at Target, too.
First up, Moose's room before: (omg I can't believe I'm showing ya'll our mess)
So embarrassing. And so stressful! I pick up their rooms once a week. And it stays picked up for all of, oh, ONE minute. I kinda gave up on the every night pick-up.
Here is M's room:
And here is the AFTER...after a long day of moving furniture, sorting and organizing...The biggest purge was 2 trash bags of stuffed animals! I'll have hubby take those to the police station. Good-bye pet-net!
I'll eventually paint this room...
the blue is leftover from the teenager's 'surfer room' when he was in elementary school.
It needs to be toned down.
I think this is my favorite wall in the house right now...
I just stop and stare...and breathe...
And if the safety police are reading--
hubby attached the bookshelves to the walls with L-brackets.
note to self: get a bedskirt
goodbye toy chest!
Soon we'll move M's new vanity on this wall
Lots of room to grow
No--the rooms aren't exactly pages out of the Pottery Barn Kids catalog, but it works for us.
Whew. I feel sooooo much better. It's the small things in life, you know? And the extra toy chest in the den has been banished. No more toys in the den! Everything has a home now.
Even Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head. They almost got thrown out today. But I couldn't do it. I put them in the trash bag, and I swear I heard Mrs. Potato Head cry, and Mr. Potato Head was trying to console her. So I put them all back together and put them UP on the shelf...so their pieces won't get lost again. But we've lost Mrs. Potato Head's hat somewhere. Oh well. She should be thankful I saved her.