It’s a fact of life that blogging slows down when spring cleaning starts up. Today was bright, sunny, and in the 70′s. We couldn’t resist. We cleaned the storage shed.
Maybe you don’t have a storage shed so you miss the grandeur of this undertaking. Or maybe you just don’t allow your children to carry stuff down to your storage shed while you sit and blog, so your shed doesn’t look like mine did.
Either way, we forgot to take before and after photos and I hang my head in shame. I have failed as a blogger.
We were motivated largely by the fact that last weekend we managed to free up all 3 dressers in the house plus the nightstand. We were able to organize the shed properly this time because we were able to add proper storage options rather than forcing some poor soul to decide between tossing 3 space heaters and 19 out-of-season dresses up into the rafters or climbing across 4 box fans, a double stroller, and a full size mattress to put the stuff on top of a 20 gallon fish – er, snake tank.
Are you laughing at my optimism that this time the shed will stay organized? Are you wondering how can possibly believe this time will be different than all the other times we organized the shed? I knew it. Go ahead and snicker. I’m ignoring you. I’m pretending you’re just wondering how we managed to free up all the dressers.
And how did we free up the dressers? Like this:
See? Cubbies! We love them! It’s a work in progress: we plan to add a few more upward to create a sort of zig-zag line from upper left down to the window, then a little jag up on the right, sort of framing the window. Make sense? Well, it does in my head. It looks nice, really. Much nicer than this times two:
That wall of cubbies holds the clothes of 6 of the children, plus space for books, jewelry, toys, etc. The 4 youngest have their clothes in my room, but they each have one cubby of their own here in the Kid Room for their toys as well.
We put a similar system in our own bedroom, but it’s much smaller. Perry and I each have a 2×3 unit for a nightstand/dresser, and another conglomeration holds clothes for the 4 little ones plus shoes for all six of us.
Before – Ancient dresser on Mom’s side crammed with clothes for 4. Nightstand on Dad’s side mostly crammed with forgotten and unidentified junk.
After – Mom’s side of the room:
Dad’s side of the room:
Did you notice our bling? I have my jewelry organizer, improvised from a glassless picture frame.
Perry has a tie rack, topped by his grandfather’s old shoehorn.
Clothes for little people and shoes for all:
Hmmm. Either I’m tired and grumpy, or it all looks better in real life. Maybe I should have had one of my in-house photographers do the job.
Anyway, we’re all whupped tonight, and we all love our bedrooms now. Tomorrow’s mission: potluck at our house with 40 or 50 people!