A while back, I had the privilege of organizing for Andy & Brooke Vines. They are the parents of five year old twins, Ella & Fischer, and they are seriously one of the cutest families ever. With Brooke owning her own business, Vines Media, & and Andy being a successful Attorney, they are BEYOND busy! The life of fast paced careers & twins has slowly created a need for a little organizing in their amazing home nestled in the heart of the HIllcrest Historic District. The two areas in the home that they wanted help with were the kid’s playroom & the laundry area.
Let’s take a look at the playroom BEFORE
One of my favorite things to add to playroom walls are magnetic strips for displaying artwork! And I couldn’t help myself, so I made a little complimentary artwork of for Bella & Fischer of their names! 🙂
I also made another one of my favorite playroom necessities for them! Painted cardboard letters! PLAY! LAUGH! LOVE! Such a simple thing to do to add a little extra energy to the room!
Five year old twins have a lot of sporting equipment. The best thing to do is put it all in one rolling cart, so when it’s time to clean up they know exactly where it goes!
Don’t forget to label it! Labeling is crucial for a playroom. If every toy (or category or toys) doesn’t live in a specific place, things will get out of control before you can even say, Don’t make me count to 1…2…3!!!
Kid’s love art! The best way to help them keep their art supplies neat & organized is to give them their very own art caddy. It makes them feel like they are in control. I love a little reverse psychology!
And for all of those toys that always seem to be laying around on the floor of the playroom…separate them into categories, get some bins & label away! When it’s time for the kids to clean up, make a game of who can match the toys to its correct home the fastest. Sometimes I even put a quarter up for grabs if they can do it in a certain amount of time! Keep in mind my kids are 2 & 4, so I can still get away with this, as they think a quarter BIG MONEY! They love it & it doesn’t feel like work. Not to mention you are teaching them to be organized all at the same time! WINNING!
Who has flash cards & somehow the box they came in has either disappeared or has been destroyed? I can raise my hand to that! Here is what I like to do…get some large, colorful clips from office depot & use them to hold each set of cards together. Then keep at the cards organized in one bin together!
Okay, playroom is now organized!!! Let’s move on to the laundry area!
Laundry area BEFORE!
Laundry area AFTER!
If you look closely, you will notice the Elfa drawers/workstation that I added. Before there was nothing in that area, & it was just accumulating clutter as wasted space. Now these drawers have made a home for bed linens, cleaning towels, iron & other things that would normally be hanging out in a laundry room! The the top surface serves a a place where clothes can be folded!
New bins on top of the hanging rack to store paper towels, toilet paper, etc.
Catch all closet
Hardware & battery storage
And while I was organizing I found a ton of change! So I made a special change jar for them. Everyones need a change jar! It’s where you get the quarters to bribe your kid’s into cleaning up the playroom!!! At least in my house anyway! 😉
Until next time…
Keep It Functional.
Keep It Simple.
Keep It Beautiful!