Organizing Hillcrest – The Vines Project!

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

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Playroom AFTER!

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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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!

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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!

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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!!!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Okay, playroom is now organized!!! Let’s move on to the laundry area!

Laundry area BEFORE!

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Laundry area AFTER!

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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!

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New bins on top of the hanging rack to store paper towels, toilet paper, etc.

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Medicine closet

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Catch all closet

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Hardware & battery storage

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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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Until next time…

Keep It Functional.

Keep It Simple.

Keep It Beautiful!

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