Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Conquering Clutter

It's a party! The Shabby Nest is hosting a linky party on containing kid clutter. I can't say I'm a good organizer. I'd say I'm a very bad organizer. Thankfully, we built our house... so I was able to do some things that I knew would help me. One was putting shelves only in the playroom/guest bedroom closet (yes I know, you really want to be a guest at my house now). I have hooks on the outside of the closet doors for the rare guest (Gramma) to hang clothes. One of these days (yeah, right) I'll have matching containers on the shelves. Until then, this is it:


I need to take advantage of the top shelf. Right now it contains some of hubs' Star Wars action figure collection in clear totes. It also has: a pillow, an espresso machine, and a superman cape. There is quite a bit of room up to the ceiling that I should use to store board games :) Notice: the top shelves do not contain toy items. They contain random office supplies and a few books... and also some OLD accompaniment tapes and the lids to the totes on the bottom of the closet that I for some reason don't toss, though I never intend to use.

My favorite thing I did was the alcove under the stairs. It can be used as an extra place to sleep (the mattress is twin-sized) or a changing table when there is a child in diapers. The basket on the left contains cloth diapers. The drawers are big enough to hide LOTS of stuff in (or a child).

This is Elijah's drawer. He doesn't have a room.


This is Elijah in his drawer, several months ago. (the board games are in the cabinet under the TV)

This drawer contains photo albums, and the changing pad I stashed away so the alcove would look prettier :)

The top left drawer contains Elijah's clothes. I could clear some old clothes out and make room for the cloth diapers, but it is too easy to dump the diapers out of the dryer and into the basket and leave them there.

The diapers!

That's all I have for you. My kids' rooms don't contain much other than beds and clothes. They keep their toys in the playroom. So, nothing to share there.
Thanks for visiting!
(and for those who noticed 4 drawers and only 3 pictured open... there is a reason for that! The final drawer doesn't contain anything in particular, but it is full nonetheless)

13 comments:

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Thanks for linking up to the party! I love your little alcove...what a great idea!

Cheryl said...

Cute. The ultimate clutter control, stick your kid in a drawer! lol

Meredith said...

Perfect use of space - love it!!!! The built in, not the storing kids in a drawer part! LOL!! That is awesome!

RN and OSHP said...

Love that little alcove! I am thinking about using cloth diapers for my baby on the way. Which ones do you use and do you liek them?

jensoup said...

looks great-I need that!
I got my page done-you can visit it if you havnt yet. Not a real lot to see-some new pics though!

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Your alcove is fantastic and I love that it can be an extra bed when you need it. Super idea! Those drawers look so nice and deep too!

~ Sarah

Kimm at Reinvented said...

I love, love, love the alcove, wish I would have thought of that!

Jennifer Hudson Taylor said...

Reminded me of photos my mom took of me playing in drawers and boxes.

Jennifer said...

I love the alcove. What a great idea!

The Golf Widow said...

great use with the alcove! Cute children too!

Astrid said...

LOVE that alcove! What an awesome way to use that space!

The Davidsons said...

Love, love, love the alcove. Very smart thinking. And, you're right: a perfect changing table. So...fellow cloth diapering-mom, tell me about those diapers you've got there. Beautiful colors! What brand are they?

becca said...

Most of those are Magic-Alls that I bought on ebay. I believe the company sold and now they are made a bit differently, but the manufacturer still had a bunch of (new) diapers to contend with... so he sold them on Ebay. That lime green one is a Bumgenius.