From nursery to “big girl room”

Our youngest daughter turned two in November. While I was in no hurry to take down the crib and transform her nursery to a toddler room, we couldn’t deny that the baby room just didn’t work for her anymore. Plus, she was climbing in and out of the crib and I was worried she’d get hurt.

Her nursery was plenty cute and most of the furnishings would still work. Let’s take a look at what her nursery used to look like:

The furniture was mostly still useful. My dad built both girls matching headboards before he died, so we definitely wanted to use those. We also changed up her artwork a bit, hung some new shelves, and got two new pieces of furniture. I chalk painted a nightstand from Christmas Tree Shops and changed the hardware, and painted a shelf from my childhood bedroom.

Here’s a look at Aubrey’s new digs:

The monogram is papier mache from Hobby Lobby.

Here’s the redone nightstand. The drawer pulls are from Hobby Lobby. The rug, frame and lamp are from her nursery.

The baskets are left over from her nursery and the shelves were on clearance at JoAnn Fabrics.

These are IKEA Bekvam spice racks. I painted them white.

I repainted her small frames and purchased a new piece of art from Hobby Lobby to tie the room together.

We are just waiting on some baskets I ordered for her shelves. They’re on back order and we will use them to store toys.

A sweet room for a sweet and sassy little lady. What room refreshers have you done lately?

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Purging the Playroom

Each winter, we clean out the playroom and remove all the toys that are broken or that the kids have outgrown. We always try to do this before Christmas to make room for the Christmas gifts, but this year, we have another purpose.

Organizing and simplifying

We want to simplify life for everyone at our home. We are trying to live with less and just enjoy what we already have. Our daughters have toys they have never even played with, and it’s our eventual plan to use their underused playroom for another purpose. We have decided to keep their favorites but simplify what they have. Since the kids mostly play in the family room instead of staying in the playroom, it makes more sense for them to just keep their toys there.

For as long as we have lived in our home, our playroom has looked like this:

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We are planning to rework our current office to a family room. This room would be the primary hangout for our entire family, with floor to ceiling built in bookcases for books and toys. We are also keeping some of their toys in their own rooms now.

Last week, we went through the toy boxes in both kids’ rooms, and every shelf and basket in the playroom. We threw away one full bag of trash and broken toys. We filled two large bags of things for donating/giving away, and we emptied out three bins.

Here’s a picture of our purge pile in the back of the van:

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We are far from done with our playroom purge. Check back next week for our playroom plan. I hope you have a great week.

 

 

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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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Tips and Tricks Tuesday: Homework and study station


Our little girl starts first grade this week. 


While we couldn’t be more proud of her, we have also been forced to admit she’s growing up. Her needs as a student are changing as well. Our sweet girl had homework in kindergarten, but completing that work at the dining room table wasn’t always the best solution. 

We decided she needed her own desk and workspace in her own room, away from the noise and distractions of the rest of the house. 

We found this beauty on Craigslist.

I promptly made her a French memo board for her photos and school papers. 

I took my girl to Hobby Lobby to pick out some desk accessories. She chose this white crate and I chose some buckets for her utensils. 

We also bought this chipboard E and painted it pink. 

This cute little picture was all her choosing. I love the picture, and what it says. 

This little statue was in my own room when I was a kid. 

I DIYed these boxes to store flash cards and high lighters.

This DIY photo album holds various certificates and awards.

Her center drawer holds workbooks, a student calendar, and folders. 


One drawer holds electronics and chargers.


One drawer houses notepads and journals.


One holds more electronics.


One holds flash cards and markers. 


And her bottom drawer holds work books and art books.


Her space is set up for work and play. While the drawers could be more neatly organized, I did want to be cognizant that a six year old would use it. I wanted her to find her stuff and keep it separated but not be afraid to make the drawers messy. 


I know my kiddo loves her desk and I know she’ll love using it.

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Make Something Monday: Closet Bins From Diaper Boxes

You may recall that my oldest daughter’s closet contains bins that I DIY’ed from diaper boxes. 

My youngest daughter is quickly nearing age two, but when she was born, her closet looked like this:

She’s getting older now and her needs are changing. I wanted her closet to accommodate that, so I made her some closet bins of her own. 

First, I spent a few weeks collecting diaper boxes. Then, I cut the flaps off the top.

Then, lay out your fabric, place the box on top and cut it to size. 

After you cut your fabric, spray your box with spray adhesive, and glue the fabric onto the box. It’s just like wrapping a present.

Then, use a colorful ribbon to hide the ugly edges. You can also use a pillowcase to line your bin.

I have not yet lined the boxes nor added my labels. My baby girl’s closet currently looks like this:

There are toy bins and a donate hamper (for outgrown clothes) to the right of the vertical shelf. A Rubbermaid tote stows her out of season clothes and her suitcase is to the left of the shelf.

Various other clothing items are stored high and out of reach on the top shelf. 

Our girl’s new closet reflects her changing needs as she grows. Have a wonderful week. 

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After the holiday season: Keeping the playroom organized


This is a re-write of a popular post I did about playroom organization following the Christmas holidays. My youngest just celebrated her birthday and we had to enact all of these rules just to make room for her new toys.

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Did your playroom look like a bomb went off in it after Christmas? Ours certainly did. It took me an entire day to get everything put away. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining- our girls were very generously blessed this Christmas, and I’m grateful for our family and friends who wanted to give our girls gifts. We had to find some place to put all the toys.

As always, I’m not an expert, but I am more than happy to share what I’ve learned along the way.

But first, a warning:  you may want to go through your children’s toys when they aren’t home. Even if something is broken, and hasn’t been played with for over a year, my oldest will still pitch a fit if I try to get rid of it.

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, here are my tips for organizing your playroom or toys after Christmas:

1. Get rid of any toys that are broken, missing pieces, or haven’t been played with in awhile. 

My kiddo had some toys that were broken, and she also had a few things that she never plays with. While she was at preschool yesterday, I took the opportunity to clean out these toys. Our kiddo hoards coloring books, so I even went through those and threw away the ones that had been completely colored. I ended up with a stack of 8 coloring books that were mostly empty, as opposed to 14 coloring books.

2. Categorize your toys. 

This one is time consuming. Take all the toys and dump them in a giant pile. Yes, you read that correctly. Once you have made your giant mess, sort the toys into piles. For example, put the Barbies in one pile, toy food in one pile, puzzles in one pile, etc. We used cubby shelves and fabric drawers to store toys. We then put a label on each drawer to help our kiddo know where to put everything.

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3. Add some shelves….if you can. 

We used to have just the two cubby shelves and one vertical shelf, but my parents graciously agreed to get us another shelf for the playroom. We chose another vertical shelf to match the one we already had. I put the kids’ stuffed animals, dolls, games, art supplies, and books on the shelves. I also went ahead and made sure all the toys with small pieces were placed near the top of the shelf. Our baby is tiny and certainly not mobile yet, but I didn’t want time to get away from us! Speaking of shelves, vertical storage is your friend- storage without taking up large amounts of floor space.

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4. Less is more. 

You don’t have to keep every single toy in the playroom. Our oldest is four. She tends to have a short attention span when it comes to toys. She loses interest once the new wears off. I packed away some of her toys so I can cycle them through regularly and then they’ll seem “new” longer. We also keep some books and toys in Emorie’s room on her shelf, and a basket of baby books in the nursery. We have baby toys that are too mature for our two month old- she won’t use them until she is at least six months old. I packed these away and will introduce them when they are more appropriate for her.

5. Put bigger toys in the corner to conserve space. 

The biggest things in our playroom (aside from the four shelves) are the easel, the kitchen set, the dollhouse, and several small wheeled toys. The kitchen and easel are in the corner, the dollhouse is pushed up against the wall, and the wheeled toys are stored underneath the easel. This gives us way more floor space.

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Stay tuned- I am working on a mini-redo of our playroom and am not quite done. I’m hoping to reveal the finished product really soon.

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Top Five Kids’ Chore Ideas

 

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Happy Monday to you! Today is my first day of school, but my kiddo has been in school for over three weeks now. We’re getting settled in to her routine now, but mine? That’s a whole ‘nother can of worms, as they say in my hometown.

I don’t know about you folks, but I really struggle to find the balance between my job, my kids and my house. When I talk to other teachers, I often hear them say the same. Now that my oldest is five, she certainly is mature enough to help out with some of the household chores. I thought today we’d look at some ways to simplify our chore load by getting the kiddos involved.

I like this list of “age appropriate chores” that I found over at The Happy Housewife. I’ve actually had this pinned on my Pinterest since Emorie was about two (now she’s five).

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I like how she broke this list down by age- it gave me an idea of where to start without expecting way too much.

If your kids are like mine, they are very visual. This visual chore chart would help my kiddo to have an idea of what she needs to do and whether or not she’s remembered to do it. I got this from Frugal Fanatic.

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After all, I have a grown up version of this chore chart myself 🙂

I also think it would be helpful to assign your young children the same daily chores but rotate chores with bigger kids. Some sort of incentive would sweeten the pot as well.

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What sort of chore charts and incentives do you use? I’m not sure at this point which direction I want to go. Comment below and tell me what works in your house.

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Hair accessory organization 

I am the mother of two beautiful little girls, and I’m convinced hair bows are taking over my house. They’re everywhere! Even Aubrey has a ton of the things and she doesn’t have much hair. 

Emorie has an Ikea Hemnes dresser. It has two little drawers at the top.

The top drawer on the left used to house her swimsuits and the one on the right housed her headbands.

Neither was a good solution. The swimsuits were always bunching up and hiding one another, and the headbands were always sliding around or getting squashed.

I relocated the swimsuits to one of the fabric bins in her closet and weeded out the hairbows that were looking worse for wear. I hung the ones she still wears on a long ribbon behind her door.

Then I sectioned off the drawers with some trusty basket drawer organizers from Wally World. These are super cheap and they are so useful.

Her headbands and hairbows are sorted and stored by color. There was also room in the drawers for her sunglasses and costume jewelry as well.

I used two divider baskets to store hair ties and clips in her vanity table drawer.

All the materials used to organize these accessories sets were already in our home. This organizational project didn’t cost me a dime.

I’m really happy with how this turned out. I hope it’s going to Save us a lot of time searching for headbands.

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Mommy Monday: Five Cheap DIYs that will make your backyard an awesome play space 

We are slowly but surely trying to turn our back porch into our happy place and our back yard into a haven for our family. We currently have a wood play set for our kids but nothing else for them to really play with and enjoy. Here are five ideas I would truly love to incorporate into our back yard.

1. Paver hopscotch 

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Actually, this picture from City Moms contains three things I’d love to create in my own backyard for my girls: a paver hopscotch, a flower garden, and an outdoor chalkboard. The paver hopscotch could be made with concrete pavers and spray paint, and fairly inexpensively.

2. Outdoor chalkboard 

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What a neat looking play space for kids! The organizer in me is loving the hooks for hanging sand toys and chalkboard supplies.

3. Music wall 

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Your neighbors may not love this one, but your kids will. There is an orchard not far from us that has a music wall and our daughter loves it! You could do this cheaply and could probably find most of these items at yard sales and thrift stores.

4. Mud kitchens 

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How cool would this be? I would have spent so much time playing with this kitchen back when I was a kid. You could probably find a lot of these items at the Habitat for Humanity Resale store. 

5. Fairy Gardens 

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Fairy gardens are kind of trendy right now. I can honestly understand the appeal. It’s like a cute little miniature world. Like a doll house with flowers. My little girl has been interested in making a fairy garden for awhile now.

I hope you have enjoyed this top five list! Have a great Monday.

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