Monday, March 21, 2016

Storage Room

I dunno who is designing storage rooms in new homes, 
but they clearly have not ever had to store anything.
It seems like they are just trying to set the home owner up for frustration.

Darla's storage room is no different and was definitely causing her some grief.  It has two entrances and joins in the middle under the stairs so much of it you have to duck through.  
Not super convenient.

Over the years things had gotten out of hand down there but who wants to be crouching around trying to clean up a storage room?

Well, me.  And Darla.  It was hard work but she is a wonderful purger and so after a few hours we were able to remove any garbage or unused items and then find spots for everything else.




Hello floor!  
There is a great feeling that comes along with having a space organized, 
even if it's not one that you see every day or use all the time.

Holiday Decor
Extra kitchen items

She still has to duck, but now Darla knows exactly where to find 
what she needs and where it can be returned.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

New Curtains

In my living room I have 14 curtain panels.  
When we finished the reno I bought the cheapest thing I could find which were white sheers from Ikea...something like $15 for two can you go wrong?  
And I love them all summer but had dreams of having a warmer, more cozy look for fall and winter.

Well, I'm a bit late here I know, but things happen when they happen so excuse the season, but here are my new curtains.

 They bring a much more manly vibe to the room.
I am so, so thankful to my crazy talented friend Kristin for sewing them for me.  We had a tag team day of me ironing seams in and her sewing them up.  It took us about 3 hours to get them all done.

Here's a side by side comparison.

 A change of curtains is a quick and easy way to give your space a new look.  And, for most people, fairly inexpensive when you're not dealing with 14 panels!

Now we can have cozy winters,

and breezy summers.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Cate's Room

I think Cate's room has given me more grief than any other in my house.  The problem is two fold.  Number one, it's a pretty small room.  Number two, she is my messiest kid.  
Not a swell combo.

Just to remind you, here's how the bed looked before.  
It wasn't always so messy but this was taken during a clean up session.

There wasn't enough floor space for her to play and her storage was awkward.  One of her major toys is 18" dolls which come with all sorts of paraphernalia and we were storing it in drawers under the bed but it was just too tricky for her to pack it all in and get it put away properly. 

I thought through a lot of possibilities but as you know, at the end of January I caved and bought a loft bed.  Which she quickly took over.

This was my starting point.  Once we cleaned up her wall of dresses (GAH) we needed to make the best use possible of the new floor space and to figure out sensible storage.

 I replaced her tiny dresser, which was storing toys, with this shelf.  I decided the key was to think up...higher, taller storage to use more upper real estate and leave the floor clear.


I wanted tall bins so bought garbage cans from Dollarama and added sticky chalk board labels.
(Yes there's more than an ipod in there...charger, headphones, etc.)

Next I moved her dresser and gave her one spot for everything baby, 18" doll and Build a Bear.
They all wear the same clothes and use the same toys so now it's all together in one spot.
And more importantly, it all fits.  The scooter and bike were too hard for her to squeeze into the under bed drawers.  Now they just pop back on the shelf.


And in the drawer...every shoe, shirt, bottle, spoon, hair bow or crutch
 is easy to throw in at clean up time.
Hmmm.  Tic do those belong in there???

I painted the dresser and gave it new knobs and then set it up under the bed along with Cate's kitchen stuff.  We added another shelf to store kitchen supplies and stuffies.

We gave her a shelf up by her bed for storing her devotional and books and of course where her precious elf Jack sleeps in his groovy girl sleeping bag.
He was a birthday gift I arranged for Cate from Santa.

The first mission to add more floor space has been accomplished.

And the second mission to provide sensible storage that 
Cate can keep tidy is working out so far as well.
Which is not to say that I don't have to keep on her daily to put away little bits of this and is an ongoing training but now she is better able to figure out what goes where and do it herself.

In the hallway outside her room where the kitchen stuff had been, I added a book shelf because the wall shelves were overflowing.  We needed more book storage.

Now let me be very clear here.  
The loft bed was a very last resort for me.  I do not like them as a rule and I do not like this one at all.  It is ugly and is a huge pain (literally on my feet) to try to tuck a kid into and she will grow out of it eventually.  I only got it because in this particular space I could not make any other options work to give Cate room to play and good storage and in the end I decided that as the youngest with the most toys and a love of play still she really deserved to have a spot that worked.  But in general, I would try hard to avoid a loft bed.

Finally I want to give a big shout out to the Gersby bookcase from Ikea.
It has a teeny footprint which is very useful and is, that's right, $29!!

Yay Ikea!