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Attempting Aloha: Think outside the {toy} Box - Over 50 Organizational Tips for Kids' Spaces

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Think outside the {toy} Box - Over 50 Organizational Tips for Kids' Spaces

This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

Okay, let's just get right to it. These are kids' spaces. Kids need and want to use their space for playing, right? They don't want their precious floor space crowded with boxes of their own toys! But heaven forbid they actually have to give up any of those toys!!! So what's a mom to do?

First, I have to say that I'm a big fan of the "rotate" idea. If you remember when I built our toy boxes, I built three of the huge beasts. But only two of them reside in the playroom. One of them stays in attic space, and the kids get to rotate toys in and out of it every 3 or 4 months or so.

I find this helps my kids realize just how LITTLE they play with certain toys and helps them let go of them later on. If they can see that a toy hasn't been "in play" for the last two or three rotations, it's probably time for it to go to another home, so another child can enjoy it.

That being said, the next thing moms are going to look for are space-saving and utilizing ideas. That's what we'll be looking for today!

Let's start with this great idea from Ana White. I'm the founder of the I {heart} Ana White fan club. She's amazing! While building may sound daunting to many, I can assure you, it's not as bad or hard as it seems. And you can always simplify an idea to suit your own skill level. Like, for instance, using pre-built shelves but attaching them to the back of a closet door instead of building this entire thing!

Ana White - Grace's Closet

And if you're really afraid of building (or are renting and don't want to put holes in closet doors), what about using a good ol' shoe organizer to store those barbies or action figures?

The Container Store

Or a similar one found on Amazon

Also a great idea for keeping track of art and school supplies. This comes from Jamie at Something to Do.

Another area that gets neglected or goes unused is under the bed. Or perhaps it's used...just not like you want it to be! Well, one of my blog bff's has come up with a great storage solution that's easy for kids to roll out, but won't require you to build drawers (I've helped build some drawers, and I'll admit I don't love it.)

These are an excellent and simple alternative! Go visit Jaime (That's My Letter) and tell her hello. :)

If you're not ready to build, can I convince you to spray paint? Yeah, I thought you might like that. We're going industrial this year, and these lockers are perfect! Love the open top shelves of this one and the different color inside!

Via Vickie Howell on Flickr

If your kids are a bit older, and you love a good knock-off project, Ana White has some great plans for a similar teen storage tower. I haven't seen these in person, but I'm not sure I'd recommend them for smaller kids due to stability (and my children's affinity for climbing). But perfect for a teen girl's room! Here's a link for Ana's plans.

And here are the lovely originals from PB Teen:

And you can't do an organizational post without showing some pegboard love!You can purchase pegboard hooks on Amazon  This is from House on Ashwell Lane:

All kids love costumes, right? Simply gut an old dresser and build a cute little wardrobe! Natalie at A Turtle's Life for Me did an amazing job on this one for her daughter!

Can we talk about stuffed animals for a minute?

Does your child have a serious stuffed animal problem? Just go ahead and throw them in the trash. No, really! Did you get the memo that industrial is in?! What's more industrial than a metal garbage can? This one was created by Rebekah Merkle on her blog rebekahmerkle.blogspot.com, but I guess she is no longer blogging, and the link to her site doesn't work. :(  She actually used it as a garbage can in her home, but I think her "scrunchy" looks like a cute liner, and I can envision my 7-year-old having a good time putting all her buddies in the trash at night. I'm not sure what sizes are available, but this size seems more suited for older kids. It would just make the little ones really mad. ;) Here's a link to a galvanized trash bin.

And this one just kills me! If I wasn't a renter, I think I'd put them all over my walls! I originally saw it on Better Homes and Gardens.

No kids' room organization list would be complete without a classic "stuffed animal net"! This great tutorial is from Lemon Squeezy Home.

This one doesn't have a tutorial, but they seem simple enough to make! You can see the whole room tour at Bees Knees Bungalow.

This is another cute knock-off project with a good tutorial. I think my kids would love this one! You can see the tutorial at On the Banks of Squaw Creek.

Love this one! So simple! You could even just hang a rope from a plant hanger on the ceiling, and then clip the stuffed animals right to the rope with clothespins! Great way to utilize the higher spaces in the room. But be prepared to be called in to help the little guys get the treasures they can't reach! :)

Yes, yes, I KNOW this is a shower caddy. But can't you picture some cute little stuffed animals chilling on those shelves, tucked away in a corner?? You can find more ideas at BHG.com.

And this one is kind of a combination of the trash can and the animal zoo! Very cute! See more pics at Prudent Baby.

We can't neglect those small toys, though, right?

These clear toy storage bags from Make It and Love It are excellent! Kids can open them on their own, and they can see exactly what's in the bag, thus lessening the "throw it all out to see if my favorite toy is at the bottom".

And more fabulous storage ideas from Make It and Love It. These ones are fabric storage boxes, and I am in love with the coordinating fabrics!

Love the color organization by I Heart Organizing in her playroom!

This site has free printables for these canister labels. She's used them on Folgers canisters, but I've been saving up my large cashew canisters, and I think something like this would be perfect! Great that the kids can easily see what's in the can! Visit Heart of Wisdom for the free printables!

Here's a tutorial for a fun little car caddy! Tutorial at Homemade by Jill.

Love these under-the-bed storage bins from Woman's Day.

Are you cheap like me? What about taking some of those heavy-duty diaper or wipes boxes and covering them with cheap burlap? This has held up extremely well over the last year of use and even during our move across the ocean! Not bad for a $1 box. :)   HERE is the tutorial on my blog for that.

Let's not forget all those board games! Beckie at Infarrantly Creative is a craft genius! Why not turn your usable board games into fun, colorful wall art? All the pieces are stored in the framed boxes! Excellent!!

And here's one last art supplies idea. Also from Ana White.

And on to books!

The Ardent Sparrow blog has a good little round-up of some book storage ideas if you want some more ideas.

Remember when we talked about utilizing your space wisely? This is such a good idea from On the Banks of Squaw Creek! Be cautious if you have little climbers, though! ;)

This is adorable, so I had to include it. My kids would probably drag that thing all over the place! But so cute! I originally got it from the site Cory Conner Designs, but it looks like the site is no longer functional. :(

This lovely pic is from Therese Hagstedt on Flickr. These shelves are called "spine" shelves, and you can find them on Amazon for pretty cheap. Or it looks like a simple DIY. Looks like a 1x10 cut in 10" pieces and screwed to a 1x3, and the whole thing is screwed to a stud in the wall. Not sure how much weight it would hold on each shelf without a bracket, but you could add a bracket below each shelf as well...

And if you prefer sewing vs. building, these book slings have also become pretty popular! This one is from Domestic Adventure.

Turn an Ikea bookshelf on its side, put some legs (or wheels) and a cushion on it, and call it a day! Image from Better Homes and Gardens via Apartment Therapy.

And here's another one that I think is just beautiful, but I'm not sure of the practicality for a kid's space. Perhaps if you need something mobile? There's a good tutorial on Country Living from Halligan Norris Smith.

Or bring the shelves up off the floor! Inspiration at Homespun Toronto!

Now on to paperwork and school!

Do you have some little artists in your house? Do you have a hard time getting rid of thsie masterpieces? Maybe you'd feel more warm and fuzzy if you did something like this and scanned the artwork and shrunk them to fit in cute artwork?! This display is just gorgeous! Truly--I LOVE this!! Visit Jen's Thousand Words for more details on how she made them.

Need some tips on going through school paperwork? Click on over to get some ideas from I Heart Organizing.

Or visit these cute "command center" boards from Delightful Order.

And these chore charts were purchased from an Etsy shop, but I LOVE the idea of using magnets for chores!  More great pics at The Clay Family blog. We've done sticker charts, and I get pretty sick of getting the stickers down for every little thing. I like that they could do this all on their own!

And if you're really looking to maximize kids' space, I recommend looking UP! Kids are so small. Do they really need 8' ceilings? Nah. Consider building in play areas or bunk beds if you live in a home and area that will almost always attract families (for resell consideration).

And I really love this one from designer Erica-Lynn Huberty featured on Apartment Therapy.

And with three girls, I have to talk about hair stuff, right?

Here's how we organize our stuff:

And all our pretty clips go on this fun DIY project.

Or if you have some cupboard space in your bathroom, a simple tension rod, some clips, and some zip-top bags are an easy storage solution!

And here are just a couple little tips from me that work well in our house that I thought might also help you!

Do your kids make a huge mess of their dresser drawers trying to find matching pj tops and bottoms? Or do they just end up wearing mismatched pj's instead? My kids used to just wear mismatched pj's, but maybe I'm a little OCD because it kind of bugged me. Nevermind the fact that I wear sweats and "paint shirts" to drop them off to school every day... But I just like it better when they match!

So here's what the good doctor came up with as a solution (he's brilliant, people!):

Folding pj tops and bottoms together! Duh!! This makes it so easy for the kids to just grab a pair and go!

And my next tip is another simple one. AND it also involves clothes.

With three girls (3, 5, 7), we have lots of clothing rotations and hand-me-downs going on around here. I used to have some stored in boxes, some in plastic tubs, and lots that didn't really fit, but I just kept them in their drawers was such a tedious process. I hated "wasting space" if one of those plastic bins wasn't completely full with one size, so there was lots of combining and mixing of sizes, and it was just a disaster.

When we made this last move (and after I emptied every single box and put our house together in 6 days), I decided it was TIME to do something about the clothing chaos.

I emptied every single bin and box we had into a huge pile in the middle of the toy room. YIKES!!

I had purchased some of these comforter storage bags from the Dollar Tree, and I decided to see if they might work for clothes. When I put the first few items in, I thought, "There's NO WAY all these clothes are going to fit in here!" But I stuck it out and kept squishing and cramming, and I was amazed at how much actually fit in them. Unlike the big plastic bins, since these are smaller, and the zipper only opens half way, it compresses a lot of the air out, so you have a nice, tight fit. Like those vacuum bags...but no vacuum.

Every single bag, I thought the same thing, "There's no way these are going to fit." But they did!

So I ended up using 10 of the storage bags. Grand total of $10.

UPDATE: I've had many readers tell me their Dollar Tree doesn't carry this item. I've found a similar one on Amazon that I'm sure will work just as well.

Here are a few things I love about them:

* Since a lot of the air is squished out, it saves lots of space vs the bins

* Since they're smaller sizes, I can give each clothing size its own bag and not feel guilty about "wasting" space in a plastic bin.

* I can SEE the clothes!  I considered putting labels on each bag for the different sizes, but since I can see the clothes, I know exactly what size is in it (after three kids wearing the exact same things and washing them a gazillion times, I'm VERY famliar with every single item of clothing in there)
* Again, since they're smaller, they're easier for me to move around, and I only have to take out one bag at a time!

Here's how mine are separated (in case you care):
1) 0-3 months
2) 3-6 months
3) 6-12 months
4) 12-18 months
5) 18-24 months
6) 4T (our 2T, 3T, and 5T+ are all in use)
7) Shoes
8) Soft shoes and socks
9) Winter coats and bibs
10) Receiving blankets

These two stacks take up an area 40" wide x 28" tall x 18" deep. Not bad for 2,000,000 items! ;)

If all else fails, just hide their messes with a cute curtain. ;)

You can visit our playroom reading nook HERE.

But be warned, sometimes it looks more like this:

Ha ha!

And there you have it!  Over 50 ideas to help get your littles organized.

If you're looking for more organizational ideas, please visit my ORGANIZATION Pinterest Board.
And for kid craft ideas, my KID STUFF Pinterest Board is a great resource. :)

Any other tips on how you keep your own kids organized? I'd love to hear in the comments!

If you're looking for other organizational tips, check out these great posts:
Monday - Master Bedroom with Mrs. Greene
Tuesday - Bathroom with HomeMadeville
Wednesday - Kitchen with The Country Chic Cottage
Thursday - YOU ARE HERE ;)
Friday - Garage with CondoBlues
Saturday - Maximizing Storage Space with Mural Maker

Thanks for visiting and aloha!



At January 19, 2012 at 12:54 PM , Blogger Eccentricess said...

SO many loves from your post! Thank you for sharing.

At January 19, 2012 at 8:38 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Wow thanks for rounding up all these great ideas! Could use lots of them for our playroom!

At January 20, 2012 at 1:43 AM , Blogger Step-parent's Cove said...

Great ideas. I'm pass the little people stage, but I saw a few things that would help me organize my home. So, again, great ideas!

At January 20, 2012 at 4:53 PM , Anonymous Pam the Goatherd said...

Those baskets on the wall that are being pinned so much look like something you might find in the garden center with spaghnum moss in it to hold a plant.
I don't have little ones at home anymore but I'm always trying to do a better job of organizing our stuff in this <1000 sq. ft. home! Some good ideas here.

At January 21, 2012 at 7:14 AM , Blogger Niki said...

What GREAT ideas! I need to implement MANY of them!!

At January 23, 2012 at 8:50 AM , Blogger Mama Bear said...

Yes, Pam is right, those wall baskets are planters, I have some! but I never thought of using them for toys...much better idea than using them for dead plants ;) I think the bigger ones were about $15 and the smaller ones were $12, but they go on sale a lot in the spring.

At January 26, 2012 at 4:34 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

I am perpetually unorganized (ICK!) and I like to keep everything (I am working on it)...I love these ideas as I am attempting to change my ways. Featuring this on Tickled Pink! (and pinning it)

At January 27, 2012 at 2:43 PM , Blogger Lyndsey said...

I went to Dollar Tree today and picked up a few of the comforter storage bags, but when I opened them up they seem to be different than yours. These ones are made of super thin plastic, almost like a thin clear garbage bag. Yours look thicker and shiny. When I filled it 2/3 of the way I tried to pick it up and one side of the zipper ripped out. :( They must have different ones here at this store in MI. I'll have to go back soon and see if they have other ones somewhere.

At February 17, 2012 at 11:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is the great idea to put all different things in his proper place.All arrangement are so sweet to put all things in kids rooms.When all things are in proper place that time room look so clean and wonderful.

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At February 20, 2012 at 10:47 AM , Blogger Ellie said...

ahahaha oh goodness, these are so cute and fun!!! I love some of these clever ideas like the cute curtain, and the doll/stuffed toy holders hanging on the walls :P Just pinned some of them lol.

I also have a question! (and btw, thanks a million for messaging me the response on twitter the other day)

Regarding the DIY chalkboards....I noticed that at the craft store near me, they had Martha Stewart's acrylic paint that's supposedly good for anything, and a bigger bottle that says "chalkboard" acrylic. However, I already had purchased the good-for-everything-acrylic a few weeks ago, and I was wondering if that one will work with the grout chemical. Or, do I actually need the "chalkboard" acrylic? Thank you in advance, and I'm in love with this bloggie! xD

At February 23, 2012 at 2:06 AM , Anonymous Katja of Skimbaco said...

Thank you for collecting tons of great ideas all in one place!

At March 3, 2012 at 3:28 PM , Blogger TheSpanglerLife said...

I have two girls ages 3 and 1 and my number one biggest problem is how to organize the outgrown and "in between" sized clothing! I can't wait to go out tomorrow and buy some of those comforter storage bags from my Dollar Tree! Thanks for the tip!

At March 7, 2012 at 9:35 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great gathering of tips! My one suggestion would be to link your pics to the actual site they came from, not the pin, so that the original poster gets the credit, and it goes to the how-to!

At March 8, 2012 at 5:59 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Nope! Just regular craft acrylic will get the job done. ;)


At March 14, 2012 at 6:05 AM , Anonymous Cassidy Cash said...

Those wall baskets are just hanging baskets (like you would put on your front porch) that they have at Lowes, you just take out (or omit) the coconut liner.

At March 14, 2012 at 6:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found 2 of the wall baskets at Tuesday Morning (if you have one around.) I've also found some on amazon. I looked all over Lowes and Home Depot for the ones with the flat sides, and never could find them :( I got my baskets for $12 each, and they are good sized.

At March 15, 2012 at 8:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice roundup!

You can also try JoAnn's for the planter baskets. I know they sell the coconut liners, and you can use a 40% off coupon if it isn't already on sale for 30-70% off list!

Similar hair accessory nightmare at our house (2 preschool girls) was solved with a jewelry organizer from the bead section at JoAnn's. It has clear plastic pockets like the shoe organizer in the art supply photo, but much smaller pockets -- great for clips and sorting ribbons by color.

At March 22, 2012 at 8:33 PM , Anonymous Misty Block said...

My favorite picture is the last one of what it looks like after kids get into an organized space. Thanks for all the tips and links, so helpful!!!

At March 26, 2012 at 5:04 PM , Anonymous Lisa A said...

Thanks for all the great ideas! I plan to get a over the door show oraganizer for the Barbies we seem to have all over and then I want to use some of your other ideas to create make shift shelves. Great blog!

At April 3, 2012 at 8:10 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Fantastic round up! Can't wait to steal some of these for our playroom. And the comforter bags for clothes, brilliant! I am so going to get some of those!

At April 4, 2012 at 9:19 AM , Blogger Our Heirloom Life said...

That's a great list! I found you on pinterest and love your blog:)

At April 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM , Blogger Lindsay said...

I LOVE the idea of storing kids clothes in comforter bags. We're getting ready to move and I would love to utilize this idea rather than the bulky rubbermaid bins they're in now. Can I ask you where the store was located where you bought your bags? I went to my local store (in Henderson, NV) and the brand they carried was different and SO cheap. I filled one bag about 2/3 full, carefully picked it up (it felt flimsy, so I was trying to be as gentle as possible), and it ripped. The brand you got looks WAY nicer than the ones I found.

Thanks in advance for the help!

At April 24, 2012 at 8:18 AM , Anonymous 3 door wardrobe said...

What GREAT ideas! I need to implement MANY of them!!

At April 26, 2012 at 3:40 AM , Anonymous Tanya said...

Thanks for sharing! I plan on using many of these ideas!!

At May 8, 2012 at 7:07 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The wall baskets are actually hanging planters, check your local nursery and garden supply stores. We hung them on the inside of the pantry door. They hold potatoes, apples and onions.

At May 8, 2012 at 7:12 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We use them in the pantry to stow produce

At May 8, 2012 at 7:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...


At May 8, 2012 at 7:56 PM , Blogger George Smith said...

I'm loving those school paper work organizer. I think that's a great way to keep all the important papers in one place and it will also avoid paper clutter. These ideas are all awesome by the way.

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At May 12, 2012 at 9:49 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a teacher and found some interesting ideas for the classroom as well!!!!

At May 12, 2012 at 12:05 PM , Blogger carrster said...

Awesome ideas! Already the wheels in my head are turning. Thanks!

At May 22, 2012 at 8:21 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The same thing happened to me here in VA. I picked up the bag (not fully filled by any means) and it ripped right at the zipper. :(

At May 25, 2012 at 7:51 AM , Blogger Krissi916 said...

you can get the half round planters online, here is a link to one store http://windowgardensdirect.com/pro1001700.html also home depot, big lots or lowes should have them too

At May 25, 2012 at 12:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only bought one here in PA, and same thing. I opened it up, and it feels like those flimsy plastic tablecloths. I may try to put it back in the bag and return it...

At June 5, 2012 at 2:18 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto here. The kind my Dollar Tree is selling doesn't seem to be of the same quality as yours. I guess you get what you pay for!

At June 9, 2012 at 1:58 PM , Blogger Melanie F said...

Hi there! Thanks for all of the great tips...I am sure some teacher will find a use for these in their classroom as well, especially the "crayon" one. I just wanted to let you know that I found these wire baskets usually at Walmart or Garden Centres...try the local nurseries in your area too.
Thanks again...keep up the great work!

At June 16, 2012 at 8:03 PM , Anonymous Mialee said...

Thank you SO much for posting how you reorganized your girls' clothing into comforter bags!!! While I couldn't find the comforter bags at my Dollar Tree, I did find XL (off brand) ziploc bags. 2 bags for a $1! I had to keep it to one size per bag (ie 12 months), but I actually prefer it that way. And I was able to rid the closet of 5 bins, gaining SO much more space. Whew! Thanks again!!!

At June 24, 2012 at 11:40 PM , Anonymous storage Tulsa OK said...

With so many things that we have at home, clutter occurs and you will have a hard time looking for the item that you need. Kids grow up so fast and their interests changes as well - with this, you need to have a system to follow for storing your valuable things as well as your kids' for you will not know when you will need them and you will be glad that you have stored them properly.

At July 7, 2012 at 7:46 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I LOVE that you actually post the "not-so-pretty" pics, you know, the ones that show how it actually looks when you have kids lol. Its wonderful to see all of these organization tips, it really does help when you are trying to juggle 3 girls, a (not so helpful) husband, a home, a part time job, and school.

At July 7, 2012 at 2:29 PM , Blogger Kate said...

The best part of this post was at the end when you showed the mess behind the curtain. I'm not the only one! Yay! Sure I can make a pretty spot for all their books but it looks like that half the time ha :)

At July 7, 2012 at 8:16 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I bought the wall hanger planters at the Christmas tree shop. They were WAY cheaper than at a home improvement store. They're awesome for getting a lot of stuff off the floor.

At July 8, 2012 at 1:29 PM , Blogger Julia said...

check the dollar stores they usually have some for cheap...and another tip would be to spray paint them any color u want!!..<3

At July 15, 2012 at 10:53 AM , Blogger Leighannn said...

So many great ideas!! I'm feeling inspired now!!

At July 15, 2012 at 6:56 PM , Blogger Jen @ lil Mop Top said...

Great idea to use the comforter bags! We have all the baby clothes in a million diaper boxes so going down to a handful of clear bags is very appealing! Guess I will be headed to the dollar store tomorrow... :)

At July 17, 2012 at 12:20 PM , Blogger MonkeyMama said...

Here is a wall basket that is cheap, remove liner and voila!


At July 18, 2012 at 12:08 PM , Blogger KP said...

I just found the half round baskets at Joann's for 70% off so it came out to $5.99 for s rather large one :) It did have the liner but super easy to remove.

At July 21, 2012 at 8:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very creative. Love your ideas. Cannot wait to try some of them out and share with others!

At August 2, 2012 at 4:54 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

I just love all of these ideas. I am redoing my playroom. Can't wait to try some of these out! I am a new follower! Hope to see you at True Aim.

At August 6, 2012 at 9:39 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.designsponge.com/2012/04/sneak-peek-joshua-and-jodie-steen.html#more-132524 here is a cute way to use that wasted space on the walls behind where the door opens.

At August 9, 2012 at 2:52 AM , Anonymous closets Bergen said...

Thank you so much for these ideas. I am at the moment having problem with my kids’ stuffs. I actually have twins and it is a lot of work. I do love the shelves of stuffed toys. My twins have a lot of them and they are just all around the house. Thank you again for this post.

At August 26, 2012 at 8:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

u saved my mom from insanity!! She was freaking out over my 'library'and my room. So I showed her your website and now, mine and her life are decluttered.!! Thank you sooooo much!

At August 28, 2012 at 7:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those wire half baskets on the wall are usually found at garden stores. They are planters. You usually see them stuffed with moss then an air plant or potted orchid is put inside.

At August 31, 2012 at 1:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

SO many great ideas, BUT I want to warn against toy nets or ropes hanging in children's bedrooms. Have known children who have died when they were playing and got hung in nets and ropes that were being used as organizational aides. PLEASE don't put any nets/ropes in children's rooms - keep everyone safe!

At August 31, 2012 at 1:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We put hair bands and headbands on those big metal office supply rings and then hang them on a 3M hook on the inside of the bathroom door! The girls don't have to dig for the color they want. They just flip it to the one they want and open the ring!

At September 3, 2012 at 10:09 PM , Anonymous Brandi said...

As I was going throught these fab ideas I came across the one with the 3 wall baskets to hold toys, etc. I saw that on BHG and had to do They are actually wall planters, I found the exact ones on Amazon between 10-25 bucks depending on the size you want. They come with a liner if you choose to use them to plant...All you need to do is take it out, get some drywall anchors to withstand the weight and Presto!! they are fabulous!!! Mine look exactly the same as in the picture, just search amazon for wall planters...
Good Luck!!

At September 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love these ideas. I tried to find a link back to the page of the sewn/hanging bookshelves (if that's what you call them). The ones with the green polka dot fabric that look like they might be on towel racks or something. Any idea if there is a tutorial to this? It looks pretty simple but I'm a beginner DIYer so any comments would help. Thanks in advance!

At September 5, 2012 at 5:22 PM , Blogger Nifty Thrifty Family said...

I just loved reading all these ideas, especially in one place. I linked this to my blog www.niftythriftyfamily.blogspot.com so all my friends could read it. I can't wait to organize our playroom but better.

At September 6, 2012 at 7:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if anybody wrote this in, but the hanging on the wall baskets? Look in the gardening area. They are hanging baskets meant for peat moss and flowers.

At September 7, 2012 at 2:29 PM , Blogger Nat said...

http://www.garden.com/item/classic-wall-planter/G22273%20016%20WHT/?srccode=GPGARDEN -- here are your wire baskets :)

At September 25, 2012 at 6:32 PM , Anonymous Heather B said...

Here's my tip to KEEP MATCHING PANTS/SHIRTS TOGHETER (or other matchy things, like hats, shorts, vests...). Lay the shirt on the floor flat, fold the pants (etc) and put on top of the shirt. Fold the hem of the shirt up and then tie the sleeves to lock it all in place. This worked especially well for the smaller girl sizes where everything came as an outfit. I too just dumped out ALL of my kids clothes after moving mish-mosh boxes of clothes (boy and girl mixed sometimes!). I had been filling diaper boxes as needed and ended up with a mess. I re-purposed the boxes but sorted by gender and size. The diaper boxes are a. FREE and b. All the same size so they stack well (assuming you buy the same brand).... I used a notepad the shape of a dress to label the girl clothes, and a blue one for boy clothes, always taping the label in the same position on the SIDE of the box. I sorted the toddler sizes by warm weather and cool weather and noted when boxes contained unique things like swimwear or leotards. Happy Organizing!

At September 25, 2012 at 10:19 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

this is a site that i saw the wire baskets on and look identical to the ones you posted in the picture... :D

At October 14, 2012 at 7:50 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

For stuffed animals I went to Walmart and got a bean bag shell for about $12. Stuff it with the stuffed animals and not only are they not scattered about, but you have a soft cozy pillow chair!

At October 16, 2012 at 2:55 PM , Blogger Kyla and Tim said...

I do something similar with the Ziplock bags with zippers. They have mesh so the clothes can breathe too. They are a little more expensive, but I think worth the investment.

At November 9, 2012 at 8:08 AM , Anonymous Rebekah W. said...

I love your posts. I now have lots of ideas for my son's storage issues.
One more idea regarding the artwork is that I have just discovered the greatest free app ever. It is called Artkive. You can take a picture of your child's art work, and then categorize it by child's name, age, grade level, etc. You have to initially set up a free account and input your child's (ren's) information. Then start taking pictures. Now I don't feel guilty about throwing away all those "masterpieces" because I can now preserve them forever. BTW, I have an Iphone. I do not know if this is available for any other smartphone.

At November 29, 2012 at 7:52 AM , Anonymous kitchen table with bench said...

What GREAT ideas! I need to implement MANY of them!!

At December 4, 2012 at 8:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would freak out if my daughter's book were all on the floor, like in your picture! I don't care if she has tons of clothes on the floor. BUT if her books on the floor, cue freak out mode!

At December 4, 2012 at 10:42 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

As you can see, we have hundreds of books! Who can get mad at a sweet 2-year-old who wants to browse them all while trying to find her favorite (but can't read the spines)? ;)

Our books are well used and well loved! And with the new organized bookcase, it only takes me a couple minutes to put them back where they belong. That's the beauty of "a place for every thing", right?


At December 5, 2012 at 5:54 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think kids have too much stuff. Organizing is valuable because kids things have many pieces. But today's society seems to be almost teaching our kids that more stuff equals satisfaction. It never works... Only leaves them looking for that next fix to make them feel better. There's something to be said for kids going outside and making a fort out of bushes and blankets, or taking a old metal strainer, a big spoon and a box of noodles and making a pie that is sometime better at fueling the imagination than all the bells and whistles. Just a thought. For what it's worth. :)

At December 8, 2012 at 8:36 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

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At January 5, 2013 at 8:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love all the ideas! I also want to thank you for the picture at the end...as a mom of 5, I look at some great ideas on websites and wonder, "How on earth can it look so nice/clean?" It's nice to see normal and honest :D

At January 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM , Anonymous Crystal said...

I have seen the flat backed metal plant baskets at Jo-Ann Crafts and fabrics. They carry them each spring with their gardening goodies. They have the 1/2 circle as well as some that are a long, window box style. Lot's of great ideas here, thanks for sharing!

At January 18, 2013 at 7:13 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like others have already mentioned, the comforter bags at my dollar store ripped immediately! Any other clothing storage ideas? (With two girls 22 months apart, we have tons of clothes that need to be stored well and accessed easily!)

At January 28, 2013 at 4:02 PM , Blogger Rachel said...

For all those little things that scatter all over the house, I have created a basket system to store (and hide) items. We have a basket for my boys' room, one for my daughter's room, and one for the master bedroom/bathroom. These are all stored under a table in my ktichen. I created little chalkboard tags to label them. Instead of spending so much time taking things and putting them away (and too often finding myself and my kids distracted by something else along the way), I just tell my kids "Empty your basket" and they know that means to take it to their room and put the stuff away. It makes a great chore to give them, especially as an incentive for getting computer time or a treat. You can see them here:


At February 2, 2013 at 12:34 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Don't know if anyone answered about the cute wall baskets, but they look like the ones you use for planting flowers in, so I'd look for them in the gardening department at lowes or walmart :)

At February 4, 2013 at 3:34 PM , Blogger RT Crafting said...

I stumbled across this post on Pinterest whilst procrastinating on CLEANING my youngest's bedroom. I think she may have taken to raiding the fruit bowl after bedtime and 'hiding' the evidence under the bed. Yes, I know this never happens to you 'good' mothers.

At January 31, 2014 at 1:17 PM , Blogger Yvonne Moxon said...

Brilliant I loved the last one of the reading nook ...made me laugh :) ...We did the spice rack / book shelves about a year ago but on the wall rather than on the drawer unit it worked a treat and they stay relatively tidy. Now Im about to start a little project in my daughters room using the idea of the soft toy zoo style storage. She has so many stuffed animals all of them very special to her this is hopefully going to make storage easier for her (and me!) when trying to keep the place tidy.

At February 2, 2016 at 11:59 AM , Blogger Nessa said...

It looks like they are double cafe curtain rod brackets and rods. Check the drapery/curtain area of the store and I'm sure you'd find them. Sew pockets into your fabric and thread the rod through. Voila!


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