Organizing Little Girls’ Drawers

Little Girls Drawers

You already know I had to ask a friend for help to pull this one off considering…I don’t have girls.

Yup, I live in a land of denim, fishing lures and camouflage.

I was so excited to organize this beautiful dresser that was full of color and cuteness.  So girlie!

So let’s see the dresser.

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Inside the dresser you find the expected 525 hair clips and ribbons…

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This is a great time to sort through the items and toss the ones that are broken and give away what is not used.

Little Girls Drawers

I decided to use clear acrylic organizers because I wanted to showcase all the color.  I also grouped the items by color to make it easy to find and to put away the bows.

Little Girls Drawers

Little Girls Drawers

I forgot to take before pictures of the rest of the drawers.  I get excited and forget to document things.

At least, here are the after pictures…

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I used plastic spring-loaded dividers to keep all the clothing in it’s place.

You can find the OXO dividers HERE or at The Container Store.  I have also seen them at Bed Bath and Beyond.

Little Girls Drawers

Little Girls Drawers

Little Girls Drawers

This post is for all of you that asked me for organization tips for your princesses!

I hope you enjoyed the pictures and thank you all for your comments!

Until next time,

Happy Organizing!

Maria

Master Closet Organization

Master Closet Organization

Getting shelving installed in the master closets has been on the “honey-do-list” since we moved in 9 years ago.

In the meantime, I had a mix-matched “system” of shelves that were on clearance at some point and I tried to do the best with what I had.

Earlier this month, we finally gave ourselves the green light to move forward with my closet.  My husbands closet will wait a bit.

Here is a before picture.

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The shelves were dark and made the space look smaller and as you can see I didn’t have enough shelves for my things.  It was organized chaos.  Nothing “Graceful” going on in there!

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I got everything out of the closet.  The perfect opportunity to get rid of items that needed to be tossed or donated.  Needless to say my room was a mess for days.

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I knew I wanted to paint the closet walls since I had chosen white cabinetry.  My husband tried to “sell” me on the idea that we should leave it white.  He is smart and avoids having to pull out the big ladder.

I told him not to worry for one minute.  I would paint the closet all by myself.  ALL. BY. MYSELF.

So he helped me by patching up the holes in the closet, which were many.

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As soon as that dried, I happily embarked on my painting project!

The color that I chose was Behr’s Graceful Gray.  It really was my favorite gray and the name was a total coincidence!

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I have painted walls on my own before so I wasn’t at all intimidated.  I painted the bottom of the wall and then pulled out the ladder and started on the trim.

And then…I ran out of steam with two walls left.

So I did what any sensible woman with a good amount of self-respect does.   I walked into the kitchen and sighed (really loudly) for my husband to hear and he immediately turned around and said “are you done already?!”

And that’s when I whined…ALOT.  I am not above whining.

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And it worked.  He loves me.  That man loves me.

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I kept doing the trim but he helped me with the roller which was great because my arms were hurting so much!  So we were done in no time.

We just waited until the next morning when the cabinetry was scheduled to be installed.  I couldn’t wait!

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I was so happy to see it come together!

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I left a big space on top of the small dresser (from IKEA that we had previously to the install) so that I could add a big mirror and bring a little charm to the closet!

The dresser looked like part of the cabinetry that had just been installed.  I was so happy that it was a perfect match!

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I found this little tray for rings and I thought it was perfect.

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And it looked great alongside the little plant from IKEA.

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Time to add the clothing!

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I added them in a color coordinated manner which is how I had the closet before.  It takes a while to do initially but it makes the closet look so much better and its easier to find what you need.

All my hangers are from Crate and Barrel.  I am not a fan of felt hangers.  I prefer smooth hangers so that clothing slides off easily.  These are slim, plastic and really inexpensive.

Master Closet Organization

Shoes that were rarely worn I placed in these boxes from Target.  They are from the Threshold line.

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The rest of my shoes are in the very center of the closet.

Master Closet Organization

I did have to get rid of some of my shoes in order for them to fit but it pushed me to purge items that had been taking up space in my closet for years!

Am I the only one whose feet have grown after having kids?  I used to be a size 7 and now I am a 7 1/2.

Master Closet Organization

I wanted a chair or a bench to sit on while I put on my shoes and this one was large and small enough for the space.  Also, it is extremely light-weight and easy to move about.

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In the top I have a couple of bins.  I labeled the shelf instead of the bin.

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One has belts.

Master Closet Organization

Small scarves or fabric belts.

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My purses also have their own spot.

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I folded over some of them in order to fit more per shelf.

Master Closet Organization

I now have a belt rack attached to the cabinet.

Master Closet Organization

This frame was definitely the finishing touch.  I had it for years tucked away behind a couch and I spray painted the frame to match the rest of the closet.

The quote says “One shoe can change your life” by Cinderella.  Shakespeare didn’t have any shoe quotes.

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In the other end of the closet, I put away boots, chunky scarves…and other things that Miamians buy just for looks.  🙂

Master Closet Organization

That’s the closet!  I am so happy with it!  I waited to have it for so long and now I am that much more appreciative for it!

My husbands closet is next.

I think he should leave it white.

So what do you all think?  Share with me your thoughts on the master closet…

Happy Organizing,

Maria

How to fold your sheets

If you are one of those people who can perfectly fold a fitted sheet then you are worthy of my admiration.  I stand in awe.  I simply cannot.  I have tried.  I technically know how to do it but it still comes out looking weird.

Last weekend I released a post on {linen closet organization} and I wanted to share with you how I get the bedding to look neat in there.  Here is a picture of the sheets in my linen closet.

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Its pretty easy.  First, I fold all the sheets except for one pillowcase.

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Then I insert all the sheets into the remaining pillow case.

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I then fold the remaining flap over and I have one lovely bundle.

Before using this method, I was always looking for the one pillowcase that had fallen in the back of the closet.  We have 4 pillowcases per sheet set so this would happen often.  Not a real problem but it was easily solved with this method.

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How you fold sheets is not a big deal as long as you fold them.  I do this extra step because I like the way they look inside the linen closet and its practical for me to grab the one bundle instead of separate bedding.

I hope you find this tip helpful…unless of course you are one of “those” who already knew how to perfectly fold the sheets.  I admire you but we just can’t be friends.  Sorry.

Until next week fellow lovers of organization!

Maria

Toddler Room Organization

Toddlers.  We fear them with good reason.  They are bundles of never-ending cuteness and never-ending energy.  Their little smiles make them get away with almost anything.  It’s like a spell.  I am convinced!

As I was working on the blog yesterday there was a pause…silence.  All mothers know that toddlers and silence equal trouble.  I quickly went to check on my toddler and he was standing on a swivel chair in his brother’s room while feeding the fish in the tank….a WHOLE bottle of fish food.  He just smiled at me as I walked in.  Help me Jesus!

So we have now established that toddlers are not easy to keep in line and neither are their rooms.  We also know that despite the magical “Clean-up” song…we end up doing most of the work.  Cleanup needs to be easy for both parent and child.

Here is my toddlers room.  All the furniture was his brothers and that means that the furniture is 9 years old.  Math is my thing.

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This is the smallest room in the house so we built out his closet before anyone else’s to help with storing all his items.  Here is his closet.

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There is so much in this closet but it usually stays organized since everything has its place.  His room does get messy fast but it is quickly picked up thanks to all the systems in the closet.

You will notice a hamper in the bottom left; it is full of stuffed animals.  The hamper makes it easy to just throw them in there.  Above it is a basket that is full of balls.  Open baskets and containers are great for quickly putting away large items.

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The closet is fully adjustable so as he grows I will adjust the shelves and rods.  I am a believer in having all hangers look the same because it instantly makes closets look so much neater.  Ours are inexpensive Wal-Mart hangers.

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Legos.  We also fear them with good reason.  You don’t know pain until you have stepped on one of those colorful blocks.  Ouch!

I keep all his legos and small toys in these green containers.  In order to have my toddler help with the clean-up I added labels with pictures.  I suggest that you laminate the labels so that they last longer.

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I store his DVD’s in the closet (most of them were also my 9 year olds).  I keep them up high because otherwise, they would all be all over the floor EVERY DAY and no one has time fo dat!

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I have these little ceramic containers in this closet as well.  I keep little notes for the boys and sometimes I write down funny things that they might say.  I probably write down .001% of the funny things they say because I end up forgetting to write it down but I still hope they appreciate it when they are older.  I am so sappy…

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I love hats on little boys and I am blessed with a son that keeps them on!  I put all his hats and caps in this flexible bin.  I also use these bins to store his swim trunks and water shoes.

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I keep all his small books inside a bin because it is the only way to contain them in one spot.  I nest that bin next to his larger books.

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On the floor I keep these three bins.  The bottom two are the next 2 sizes that he will be wearing.  Any size larger than that is stored at the very top of the closet.  The top bin (without a lid) is where I place clothing that no longer fits him.  It fills up fast!

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So that’s the closet!  We purchased a toddler bed (at Wal-Mart) that has two thin drawers at the bottom.  In one drawer I place his small stuffed animals and in the other the small toys that would otherwise fall into the bottom of a toy chest.

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Done!  That’s how I organize my toddlers room.

Just in case you were wondering, the fish lived.  They are now full.  They love my toddler.  And so do I!

Please share with me your ideas to keep your toddlers organized and out of trouble!

Happy Organizing!

Maria 

Organizing Kids Bookshelves

My 9-year olds bookshelf.  He uses it for books but I also use the bottom shelves for toy storage.  I don’t know if you can identify but no matter how many times I fix this bookshelf it ends up looking like this:

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He has had those orange and brown baskets for years and they started to show it.  When he was smaller they served their purpose but now he needed stronger baskets.  I had to find baskets that wouldn’t warp and could handle being pulled out by kids who are not always the most gentle on their toys.  I also needed larger baskets to house the countless cards that my son collects.

Target saved the day.  Again.  I found these bins with the basket weave design which are VERY sturdy and I chose the putty color.  I also purchased some white ones that I will use for some bathroom storage.  I will post on that later.  They had the bins in white, putty and brown.  The baskets also nest but that wasn’t my intention with these.

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I used one of the small baskets to hold magformers.  I love that toy!  They are like legos with magnets and kids (and adults) don’t seem to outgrow them.  I purchased them like 4 years ago on QVC.com

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Next, I used this sandwich container to hold one of his little card games and its pieces.  That’s the thing with kids toys…ALL THE SMALL PIECES!  They end up scattered everywhere especially when they don’t have a home.

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This container was $1. and not the best quality for lunch but perfect for this little game.

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There were cards that he only had a small set of.  I used small bags to put those in and I added a label.  I placed the bags inside one of the tins seen in the pictures below.

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The second small bin is only for card games.  It holds tins that are full of cards and the sandwich container.

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The large bin was a good size to organize all the miscellaneous small toys.  I used boxes on the inside to keep them in place.  If I used a separate small basket for each type of toy I would have a wall of baskets and bins.  Not an option.  This bin was large enough to fit the smaller items and his DS perfectly.

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The finished product.

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The bins fit nicely in the shelves.

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Notice the labels on the shelves.  My son did that on his own with my label maker.  Should I be proud or scared that he is doing this?  At least it’s not color coordinated.  Now I am giving myself ideas. 🙂

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Of course we all know that this much order wont last in a kids room but creating systems for everything makes the clean-up easier.  If its easier then the kids are more likely to do it.  If not, at least its easier for mom.

Maria