It was the dreaded big tidy up today, while trying to find a home for everything, how can one little person manage to own nearly as much stuff as me! I came across these (from diyncrafts.com) and i thought i would share with you some ideas on keeping your craft room/kids bedroom organized. I really like some of these ideas and i think im going to need to do some of these soon.
Hanging Bedside Organizer
This little fabric organizer is pure genius! It’s quick and very easy to make, and it simply slips in between the mattress and the actual bed frame. You can adjust the pocket quantity and sizes to hold whatever your kids like to keep close – books, teddies, gaming devices, you name it. And the non-skid pad will ensure that it never slips out from the weight. No mess, no fuss! The organizer on photo is for sale on Higgos, and the pattern and instructions are available Sewmamasew.
For Wii games, CDs, DVDs and other disc type games, you can build a great storage unit for them that is hidden away, out of sight. You’ll need a mat board, some vinyl, double backed tape, fabric, and a few other key supplies. The storage is hidden on the inside of a cabinet or entertainment center door so you never see it unless it’s open. By creating individual holders, you can keep games and other discs safe while still having a great place to keep them all organized. Plus, this project takes just a couple of hours and if you have a few supplies on hand, it won’t cost much if anything at all.
You can create adorable storage carts from old pallets. If you have a lumber yard or similar business near you, you may be able to get the pallets for nothing so the cost of this one is very little. It may take a couple of hours but you’ll end up with wonderful toy boxes or storage containers for blankets or anything else the kids have thrown around in their rooms. Plus, you can add wheels to the bottom so you can easily move the crates around, which makes picking up toys after playtime really fun.
These bags are so neat and they are really easy to make. They have a drawstring closure and they are completely see-thru so kids can tell which toys go into which bag. You’ll need some fabric, thick clear vinyl, a drawstring cord and fusible interfacing. You have to sew a little but the great thing is that you can make as many bags as you need and you can do them in a bunch of different sizes so they’re perfect for every single toy. The bags make it really easy to move toys from one room to another or for outside play as well.
Ah, Legos. Every little boy loves Legos. Moms however, not so much, especially when those Legos end up all over the floor. If you’ve ever stepped on one of those little buggers barefoot then you know just how great this Lego storage project is. If your little one (or your big one) has a lot of Legos, this project helps you to organize them by color so they always know where each color that they need is located. Plus, it keeps them all neatly put away so that they’re not attacking your bare feet when you least expect it.
Hanging storage for stuffed animals is great but those nets that you stick up in the corner can be a little boring. They can also look very untidy when they are stuffed to the gills with animals. This swing is a much neater idea and one that is so easy to make you’ll probably want a couple, especially if you have loads of stuffed animals to put away. You need a bit of hobby wood, a clothesline, and some hooks. You simply create swings for all of the animals to sit on and then hang on the wall or from the ceiling.
Oh how we absolutely adore projects that are free. These tube cubbies are made from empty toilet paper rolls so they don’t cost anything – aside from the initial toilet paper purchase, that is. You simply put them together and create a little garage for all of those Matchbox cars. For girls, you could use these to store Barbie dolls or any number of other little toys. Just glue the tubes together and then place the “garage” on a dresser when finished. He will have a blast putting his cars away in his little tube garage.
Toy storage under the bed is great because it’s close enough to the floor for little ones to reach plus it keeps that mess off the floor and out of sight. This rolling storage box is perfect for organizing toys and is really easy to make. It’s on wheels so kids will have no problem getting to their toys and you can paint labels on the front of each drawer if you want to really get things organized. This is a great project if you have dresser drawers that are missing the fronts or just any type of drawer that you no longer need. Just add a coat of paint and some wheels and you’re all set.
If your kids have quite a few books and you don’t really have anywhere to store them, this book storage project is perfect. You just need a few Ikea spice racks, which are around $4 each. Or, you could use cheaper spice racks if you can find them. Just put the spice racks up on the wall or a door, wherever the little ones can reach them and add the books. Not only does it provide great organization, it helps your little ones to be able to find and reach their books so they will want to play with them more often.
Old coffee cans (well, they’re not really cans so much as plastic containers now) make wonderful canisters. You can store things like crayons, Matchbox cars, doll clothes, and just any number of smaller items in them and completely organize playrooms and bedrooms. The great part about this project is you can print off labels to go on the coffee cans so kids will be able to remember where everything goes. And, don’t worry that your little ones aren’t reading yet. The labels that you use are actually pictures of what goes into each can. This is a great organizing idea and a wonderful learning tool for toddlers.
Imagine a dress up closet that will hold all of your little one’s dress up clothes. Well, stop imagining and get to creating. This adorable little closet is made from an old dresser (just a small one) and it perfectly holds all of those dress up clothes and keeps them perfectly organized. You can keep dresses, shoes, hats or anything else you need in there. She’ll love being able to find her dress up stuff and you’ll love that there is a lot more room in the toy box when those things have a place of their own. Plus, it’s a really easy project and it’s just so adorable!