Organizing kids’ spaces

My oldest daughter loves clothes- she loves buying new clothes, but She also loves to change her clothes. Not surprisingly, this has led to some major messing up her dresser and her closet.

Emorie’s closet really needed some Jesus an exorcism some cleaning out. Actually I’m the one who needs Jesus- opening that closet makes me think bad thoughts.


And the dresser isn’t any better.


I finally got tired of it and decided to fix it. I started by removing anything extra, non fitting, or anything out-of-season from the closet. Then, I straightened what was left.



And suddenly, all of my mean thoughts have disappeared. Isn’t that way better?

And as for the dresser.  Some of the drawers didn’t need more than a minor straightening.


But for the ones that looked like a tornado had run through them, I took everything out of them and used my trusty drawer organizers.

When I was finished, it looked like this:


I know I’ll just be refixing the closet and drawers again soon, but in the meantime, this is so much better.

What small organizing project have you done lately?

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From nursery to toddler room: transitioning my baby to a big girl room

My youngest daughter will be turning 2 in just a few months. While she is still small, she is getting older and growing everyday, and her needs are changing as well. My goal for her toddler room is to simply upgrade her nursery a tiny bit to make it reflect her changing needs, but without making a lot of changes or spending a lot.

Here is what her room currently looks like:



My dad built matching headboards for both my girls before he got sick. This is one of them:


I am hoping to keep the shabby chic feel of the room but make it a little less “baby.”

I love this bedding at Target:

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I’d leave the same rug and curtain, but I think instead of the chair and end table, I might create a teepee. What little girl wouldn’t love a teepee?

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I also think I’d like to get a small bookcase and paint the back of it light pink. I might use the shelf as a nightstand and use a few baskets to hold her small toys and books.

 

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I also want to do a more updated gallery wall than what she currently has. I love this one!!

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          I am slowly but surely working on her room. I cannot wait to show you the results!

 

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Make Something Monday: French memo board


My daughter is growing up. She used to have this cute vanity in her room.


Now that she’s going to first grade, there’s a lot more homework involved, and she needs a quiet space to complete that. Last year we used our dining table or office and there were just too many distractions.

A Craigslist search led us to this lovely desk.


I wanted Emorie to be able to have someplace to display her creative works and some pictures if she chooses, but I didn’t want it to make her room look messy.

The solution? A French memo board. I wanted it to match her room and I wanted it to look nice, but be cheap. 

I bought a piece of foam poster board, some ribbon, buttons and fabric.


I then ironed the fabric.


I sprayed the board with spray adhesive and stretched the fabric over it.


Then, I flipped it over and secured the edges to the back of the board.


I ran ribbon strips diagonally across the board at an equal distance apart.


And secured both ends of the ribbon to the back.


I then repeated this step but with ribbons running the opposite direction. I pushed a thumb tack into the intersected ribbons.


I also glued a button to the top of the tacks.

I plan on adding a frame but I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.


What do you think?
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A quick organizing project: those baby toys

We have a toy storage problem at our house. More specifically, we have a baby toy storage problem. We had several toys stored in the crib, which meant we had to remove the toys before putting the baby in her crib.

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We also had one way too small basket in the floor beside the crib to hold the toys.
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We had to take the toys and sit them in her chair each time she went to nap or sleep. It was a major pain.

I spotted this burlap hamper at Hobby Lobby in the Spring Shop, so it was 40% off! Score!
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Now those toys have a home and there is room for Aubrey in her crib. And we don’t have to move any toys.

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What toy organization strategies have you discovered?

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A playroom gallery wall

Most of you know we are finishing our playroom. Today, I would like to show you some new artwork we have hung on the walls.

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I’ve had these green 8X10 frames for ages. I used to use them to display Emorie’s artwork, but lately I’ve used them to display seasonal artwork. I decided we needed something a little less seasonal, more permanent, and more appropriate to the room. These printables were downloaded from the following places:

“Bushel and a peck”: Found at Elegance and Enchantment

Alphabet print: found at Kiwi in the Clouds

“Dream big” from Moritz Fine Designs 

The white letters, which are the first initials of both my girls, were found on sale at Hobby Lobby.

We also bought this super cute clock from Zulily.

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So far, we have bought and decorated two shelves, re-organized and rearranged the room, and hung some artwork on the walls. We are no where near finished with this room.

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We still need to paint, do a fun wall treatment, and change out the light fixture. I can’t wait to show it to you!!

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Updating the playroom part two

Our playroom is something of a design conundrum.

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There is only one solid wall, and there is a HVAC vent right where the cradle is sitting. That’s why the shelves are off center. The electrical panel also throws a wrench in my decorating.

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When I say there is only one solid wall, this is what I mean. Two of the walls have pass throughs.

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The remaining wall has two windows. Not complaining- those walls let in some great natural light and look out into our backyard.

So, what can you do with those two pass through walls?

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We got two cubby shelves. They are not so tall that they block the “windows.” We have room that we could add two more cubby shelves if we wanted… but we don’t.

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The floor space that two more shelves would occupy is already occupied…by the wheeled toys, the easel, the dollhouse and the barn.

Another design conundrum is the loud floor. It clashes with EVERYTHING. It isn’t real slate; it’s laminate. We eventually have a different use in mind for this room, and when that happens, the floor will be the same red oak that’s in the rest of the house.  Until then, the kids can play all they want and I don’t have to worry about them hurting the floor.

What’s in the plans for our playroom? Well, we’re putting in some new curtains, a fun wall treatment, some paint, and some art. Here is what I have in mind:

A wallpaper with gray in a cute, not-too-loud print:

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And some art:

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And some paint:

Let me know what you think!!

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Reveal: Emorie’s Big Girl Room

We have been working on my sweet girl’s “big girl room” for over a year. What started out as the “junk room” actually morphed into a cute little room. When we first moved in, we stashed everything we didn’t want to deal with in that room and shut the door.

My kiddo is outgrowing her nursery and when we got pregnant with our second baby, we really started to work on the room. We miscarried, but we talked up her big girl room so much, we had to keep creating it. We’ve finished the room aside from buying her an area rug.


My dad built this headboard for her using an Ana White plan. He did all the work himself. I love that we will have this headboard for many years that he made. Emorie can even keep it to use with her children one day. The pink in the tulip picture above her bed matches the pink in the quilt and duvet perfectly.

I bought this cute quilt and duvet set from Pottery Barn kids. The colors are girly without being overly girly. There are different colors of pink and aqua, brown and different colors of blue, so there are lots of colors you can use in the room. The nightstand is actually an end table that my aunt got from a yard sale. My mom painted it and replaced the drawer pull.

The vanity was mine when I was a little girl. I re-painted it and replaced the drawer pull, and then I covered the stool. You can read about that here.  I am going to get a cute wooden or plastic tray to put her combs and brushes in, and get rid of the pink metal can. The little praying girl statue was given to me by my grandmother when I was little.

The dresser and  shelf is from the IKEA Hemnes collection, and I stenciled the shelf to give it a little more color. You can read about that here. I also DIY’ed some graphic art to hang above her dresser.We also changed out the drawer pulls to make them more girlish, and to make the furniture coordinate more with the end table and the vanity.

My husband is responsible for the wall color. I kept trying different samples and kept ending up with colors that are too blue or too bright. I tried three different colors, and my husband chooses one sample that ends up working perfectly. Maybe he should be in charge of the paint samples from now on 🙂

 The vintage gallery wall replaced some earlier art I did, which you can read about here. Once I hung the tulip print, the DIY artwork just didn’t look right. The vintage botanical and ballerina prints were a perfect fit, though.

I love how her room turned out. All in all, we created a feminine room that is not overly girly, that will grow with her. I am so excited for her to start sleeping here. Next, we’ll be doing her closet. You can expect that post soon.

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Reveal: Emorie’s Big Girl Room

We have been working on my sweet girl’s “big girl room” for over a year. What started out as the “junk room” actually morphed into a cute little room. When we first moved in, we stashed everything we didn’t want to deal with in that room and shut the door.

My kiddo is outgrowing her nursery and when we got pregnant with our second baby, we really started to work on the room. We miscarried, but we talked up her big girl room so much, we had to keep creating it. We’ve finished the room aside from buying her an area rug.


My dad built this headboard for her using an Ana White plan. He did all the work himself. I love that we will have this headboard for many years that he made. Emorie can even keep it to use with her children one day. The pink in the tulip picture above her bed matches the pink in the quilt and duvet perfectly.

I bought this cute quilt and duvet set from Pottery Barn kids. The colors are girly without being overly girly. There are different colors of pink and aqua, brown and different colors of blue, so there are lots of colors you can use in the room. The nightstand is actually an end table that my aunt got from a yard sale. My mom painted it and replaced the drawer pull.

The vanity was mine when I was a little girl. I re-painted it and replaced the drawer pull, and then I covered the stool. You can read about that here.  I am going to get a cute wooden or plastic tray to put her combs and brushes in, and get rid of the pink metal can. The little praying girl statue was given to me by my grandmother when I was little.

The dresser and  shelf is from the IKEA Hemnes collection, and I stenciled the shelf to give it a little more color. You can read about that here. I also DIY’ed some graphic art to hang above her dresser.We also changed out the drawer pulls to make them more girlish, and to make the furniture coordinate more with the end table and the vanity.

My husband is responsible for the wall color. I kept trying different samples and kept ending up with colors that are too blue or too bright. I tried three different colors, and my husband chooses one sample that ends up working perfectly. Maybe he should be in charge of the paint samples from now on 🙂

 The vintage gallery wall replaced some earlier art I did, which you can read about here. Once I hung the tulip print, the DIY artwork just didn’t look right. The vintage botanical and ballerina prints were a perfect fit, though.

I love how her room turned out. All in all, we created a feminine room that is not overly girly, that will grow with her. I am so excited for her to start sleeping here. Next, we’ll be doing her closet. You can expect that post soon.

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