Last week I showed you the embarrassing pictures of the closet in Kaylee's nursery. Things were just shoved in there, and there was no form of organization whatsoever. This was pretty much the worst part of her unorganized room, so it's where I started first.
Her whole nursery is now cleaned up, decluttered, and all organized. I am just waiting to do the BIG reveal until I get these adorable pieces of art in the mail so I can show you the finished product in all it's bin-ridden and adorable glory (for those of you who recommended bins, bins, bins, you were right on the money - bins rock my face off!).
So, let's flash back to last week and check out the messy, messy, ugly before picture. Ughhh. (And, notice how I have just one before picture and seven, count 'em - SEVEN - after pictures...I'm just a little excited over here...)
I love how I had the boxes stacked all zig zaggy so they stayed put. How frigging high can I stack EMPTY DIAPER BOXES WITH NOTHING IN THEM? Hello! What was I thinking? It's called a trash can. Through the living room, out the door and to the trash can. Simple. 30 seconds max, people. What was my problem? Ughhh.
Behind these closet doors there is no longer an avalanche waiting to barf itself out all over the floor like the picture above. Oh, no, no, NO! Behind this door is a beautiful little thing I like to call organization. Say it with me - "Or-gan-i-ZATION!"
I can't seem to locate my giant velvet red curtain with yellow tasseled pull strings that I usually bust out for occasions such as this. But, I think it's a pretty dramatic difference, and if you ask me, it deserves a red curtain reveal, so this is as close as I can get to the real thing...
I got a multi-cube shelf thing at Target on sale for $35 and got some bins to go inside of it. Before, I had 4 bins (hey, at least I was on the right track with the bins) under Kaylee's window - 2 bins had books in them, and 2 had toys. Now that space is open, and all her toys are in her closet. I actually have three of those long pink bins that her shoes are in. The other two are being used to hold diapers on her changing table, which you'll see next week, hopefully.
And the top shelf? No longer cluttered with random books and junk. We've got one of those bins full of books that, if given the opportunity, Kaylee would rip to shreds in 3.2 seconds flat because they are made of actual paper, and not cardboard or fabric. So, they'll stay there until she can learn better. The other bins are filled with clothes that she's not yet big enough for, and next summer's wardrobe. Eventually I'll put little labels in those plastic things so I don't have to get on a chair and drag each one down to see what's in it, but I'm taking baby steps here, people. BABY steps.
Part of the reason I'm so excited is because it's my goal to get Kaylee's room, as well as the rest of our house organized. Get rid of the stuff we don't need and actually organize what we have. Things don't get so crazy and messy and out of control when everything has it's place, and when things that don't have a place get chucked. I want our home to be peaceful and relaxing.
I don't want it to be spotless - I want it to be lived in, but I don't want Kaylee growing up in choas, either. I want to teach her that she can be organized and that a good old purge of unused stuff is necessary from time to time. When she gets old enough to understand the concept, I plan to have her pick a toy or two to donate to a shelter every time she gets something new - to teach her not to hoard, and to teach her that there are other kids out there who don't have many toys and could sure use some of hers.
I feel like I'm on the right track - like I accomplished something. Like maybe, just maybe, I can do this. I can have an organized house.
I know it's just a closet, but man, I sure do feel good about it. And so does Kaylee - cleaning out all the junk gave her a whole new place to play (and hide - thankfully, she can't seem to help but SLAM the doors shut - repeatedly - so it's pretty easy to find her)...
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