This is the time of year that we all resolve to be more organized. As the keeper of a small home, I find organizing and simplifying to be essential to conserving the space we do have. I was changing Little Man's diaper last week and took a good look around the kids' room. An image of our nursery for brand new Lady-in-Waiting came to mind, and I chuckled to myself.
The first nursery was equipped with a Diaper Genie, wipe warmer, dresser, changing table and crib. A toy box stood ready for the deluge of the first Christmas and birthday. The closet was jammed with little pink outfits. A Precious Moments wallpaper border and feminine pictures on the wall shouted, "It's a Girl!" As Lady-in-Waiting became more mobile, the room was generally a mess. When we added an extra bed and an extra child, it was not able to be walked through most of the time.
We realized that in order to fit three children into one room, some changes had to be made. Now there is a trash can in the place of the original Diaper Genie which with regular emptying by Crown Prince and a spray of Febreze once in a while works much better than the Diaper Genie for keeping away odors. The wipe warmer is long gone--all it seemed to do was cook the wipes.
We kept the crib and the dresser and changing table, but with a new twist. The changing table became shelves for toys. Now the kids don't dump the whole toy box (which is no longer there anyway) trying to find the stray Legos in the bottom of the box.
The crib doubles as a changing table. There's plenty of room to store diapers and wipes and a small basket for other changing essentials at the foot of the crib since Little Man is still less than 3 feet long.
The dresser had been subjected to much wear by two energetic kids and two of the four drawers had fallen apart. Now, each of the older kids has a drawer for underwear, socks and pajamas and the empty space at the bottom became Little Man's closet. A heavy-duty curtain rod works nicely for little outfits to hang.
A small Sterilite storage box with drawers is good enough for Little Man's other clothes and takes up much less space. Under bed storage bins have become lifesavers for doll and dress-up clothes, stuffed animals and the next two sizes of clothes for Little Man (who is already into 3-6 months!). With a bookshelf and a double rod in the closet (these upgrades are still in progress), the kids' room will be a fairly organized place to be.
As for decorating for a little girl, an energetic boy and a baby, well that's a future post!
What organizing tips and tricks have helped you in your children's rooms?