2/4/09

Taming Kid-clutter party!

Wendy at "The Shabby Nest" is hosting The Taming your kids clutter party. I am looking forward to seeing some new ideas and possibly adding them to my own decluttering endeavors!

My child... is a married 23 year old who is the mother of a 22 month old baby boy. The "kid clutter" in my house is all the toys this Nanna needs to keep her little love-bug grandson happy! The first photo is the all important diaper changing table. I picked up this vintage beauty for FREEEEEEEEEEE off of Craigslist. It had the original finish which I easily painted over with white paint then I added new drawer pulls to update the look a little bit. It holds a lot of essential things like diapers, wipes, bibs & blankets... and the top drawer holds things that I pull out on occassion to keep my grandson from throwing a tantrum while his diaper is getting changed! The gold caddy was another freebie, at one time I think it held office supplies. The pony normally doesn't stand in front of the changing table-- but it is so darn cute I had to display it. (you can see the $2 dollar vintage ponies transformation here) Here is a 3 wicker basket etagere stand that I picked up for $30 buckeroos (off of craigslist) The whole thing was originally yellow, I painted it white and made the liners for each basket. It now holds Mr. Potatoe head parts and race tracks and other odds & ends~The bookcase I picked up for $8 bucks at a yard sale is jammed packed with pop up books and early reading books. The table and chairs I picked up for $8 dollars as well (yard sale) right now I've got them pushed up against the bookcase since he has no interest in sitting still or reading at this young age. But when he is ready...I'm ready!Finally, some toys. I put together this $1 dollar wire rack (yard sale find) and purchased the baskets off of craigslist (I love that site) for $2 dollars each.... I loaded up each basket with toys and weeded out the "junkie" toys as I went along. When my grandson gets older I will get larger baskets or bins to fit into each little cubbie :-)Lastly, my grandson's toddler bed. (I recently made over this vintage toddler bed, you can view that transformation here) This bed is at my daughter's house, under the checkered flag bedskirt of his bed is two flat under the bed plastic bins- full of his blankets, and bedsheets. Things you need....but never can seem to find in the linen closet when your looking for them! I thought that was a great idea for storing bed linens, under the bed!If you've linked over from The Shabby Nest and wish to view more of my blog.... click here for a lookie-lou.

10 comments:

knittingknirvana said...

Oooh what good ideas!!! I have those wire shelves and I never thought of using them for my son's toys with baskets. Thank you!! He is still in a crib, but I will keep in mind the under bed storage of extra sheets and blankets. That is a wonderful idea! I also love the 3-tiered baskets that you repurposed. I love the idea of having it next to my spot on the couch with my current knitting and crocheting projects. Of course, my toddler would make quick work of it. But this Mama can dream!! :)

Amara said...

Hey, you are the craigs list queen! You found some really great stuff, and it looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

Chrissie Grace said...

Wow! What a lucky little boy.
You found some great deals and did a great job!

Wendy @ The Shabby Nest said...

Such fun ideas...Thanks for linking up to the party!

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Wow, what a nice grandma you are!! When you're ready to change out the baskets, Target has canvas bins that fit those wire cubes perfectly. I do like the baskets though but can see how they may not hold up to a little boy.

~ Sarah

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Wow, you are one fabulous Nanna!
To answer your question, that you probably don't recall asking:)
So far the size of the baskets hasn't correlated to age, but to the relative messiness of the child. My 12 year old son has the smallest, he inherited my clean freakness.
Thanks so much for visiting my blog today, I hope you come back soon!

Pasifik said...

really nice and neat...!

happy blogging,

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Cristin said...

Great ideas! ...using those wire shelves is such a fun storage option!

Martha said...

oh my.. i love the wire rack.. and for $1! Wow.. i love yard sales! :)very nice..
Martha

michelle twitty said...

What a great idea to use fabric for under the bed! Thanks for the tip!