If you've been following me over on Instagram then you will probably know that I've been in Idaho for the best part of a week. And then I followed that trip with a friendcation weekend! Needless to say it's been pretty slow going in the girls' room over the last week. BUT I have made some headway on storage and organization, and I'm pretty happy about that!
One of the problems I wanted to solve with this room makeover was a condition I am naming Excessive Stuffed Animal Syndrome. Any other mamas struggling with this in their home?? I didn't want cause trauma by forcing my kids to throw out all their things, so I started looking for another solution.
Enter my new favorite thing: underbed storage.
I'm surprised at how well my kids adjusted to this, but I bought them some underbed bins and said that it was a new place for their toys to live. The toys are allowed to come into the bed at night to sleep, but during the day they stay in the box, unless they are being played with. (Which is pretty much never. Amiright??) My six year old is taking this very seriously indeed, and only selects one toy per night to sleep in her bed!
At $14 a piece, these bins are a great, inexpensive option for non-plastic underbed storage, and they have definitely solved my problem for now!
If you followed along with my last ORC, you'll know that I don't just care about what how a room looks in the photos—I want to know that every nook and cranny is in order and every.single.thing has a home. What can I say? Organization is my love language.
I found some IKEA products to help me tame the unruly contents of my kids' dressers and I'm really pleased with the outcome!
Remember the bench we cut down for our living room window seat? Well, there was a plank of reclaimed wood left over that we didn't really know what to do with. I realized that it was the perfect length to make two shelves, and so my heroic husband cut them down and sanded them to perfection.
I purchased some inexpensive black metal brackets from IKEA and the girls now have two amazing custom shelves up on the wall! I'm planning on styling them with some stacks of books, faux succulents and a couple of photo frames.
Obviously I still have a lot to do, but I'm so happy with how this corner is turning out! It wasn't what I planned at first, as things always look different in real life than in your imagination, but I think it's working out really well and I can't wait to finish styling it!
So, I'm gearing up for the final couple of weeks of styling, mad dashes to the store to pick up last minute things, hanging all the artwork (I have a pretty good idea of what is going where), plus painting the doors a soft gray!
The good news is that I am in a much better position this time around than at week four of the last ORC.
The bad news is that I'm working in a room with two mini-designers who are undoing my work at every opportunity they get!
I'll be checking in this time next week with a few sneak peaks of the room and the results of my painting project! Until next week, friends...
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