Living Room Toy Storage: How to have a beautifully organized living room when you have kids

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We all want living rooms that look incredible but that are still for, well…living. I want my living room to be a place where my family can be comfortable, but also a place that doesn’t look like a playground or a toy store. With a few easy tricks, you can have a stylish, functional living room with children.

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1. Use stylish storage furniture to hide toys

A cute chest or footlocker looks nice and provides a place to store small toys. This chest could also double as additional seating as well.

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2. Create a small “playroom nook” that melts into a corner of your living room

This tiny playroom nook is cute and takes up such a small amount of space in your living room. It’s literally a corner. You could do book ledges like this one, or your could use cube shelves and baskets. There are so many different ways to customize this to make it work for you.

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3. Use an extra closet to store toys

What better way to hide toys than behind closed doors? If you don’t have a playroom, but you do have an extra closet, fill it to the brim with organizers and attractive storage for your kids’ playthings.

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4. Repurpose an old bookshelf to hold toys or art supplies

I have a few old shelves at my house that I could use for this. I could paint and modify them, then add some color-coordinated storage to corral those wayward toys. This would only take up a small amount of space, too.

 

I hope you have enjoyed this roundup! Our playroom is about to undergo a major revamp in the next few weeks and I can’t wait to share it  with you!

Stay tuned for more DIY, parenting, and housey-goodness!

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Five Friday Favorites: Things I’m Currently Loving

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This Friday, I’d like to share some of my current favorite things, and then next Friday, we will resume with our farmhouse Fridays.

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I hope you all have a had a great week- my oldest daughter got out of school this week. I am jealous- I want to be out too, but I have three weeks left 🙁

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How adorable is this dress from Anthropologie? I don’t need anymore dresses, but I absolutely love this one.  I cannot wait til they mark it down so I can buy it 🙂

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This pink hobnail planter from Afloral wants to be in my house! And for only $8, I can buy more than one 🙂

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This darling little kitchen set from Wayfair for $200. It’s adorable and my children would absolutely love it!

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This set of faux cathedral windows are beautiful and I can already think of at least four places I’d put them in my house.

 

What products or items are you crushing hard on right now? See you tomorrow for a Pinterest roundup!

A Fixer Upper inspired wood sign

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I love the show Fixer Upper. I also love the super cute decor that Joanna uses to stage their homes. Have you seen the Magnolia Market website? There are so many things that I want, but I do not have a big enough bank account to buy them all.

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This lovely sign is $70. I love it, but I cannot see paying that for this sign.

I did have a can of white paint, a board, and black paint.

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I quickly painted my board white. I then created some letter stencils.

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I traced the letters and then painted them in with black paint.

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I then added hangers to the back.

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I then hung the sign in my dining room. It’s not perfect but I love it! What do you all think?

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day from all of us at Lumber In My Minivan!! We hope you all have a wonderful day.

And Happy Mother’s Day especially to this lady. Your granddaughters and I love you very much!!

We will resume regular posting schedule on Tuesday.

What’s Happening at Lumber in My Minivan?

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Recently, we made the decision to change both the niche and the name of our blog. I still love organizing and simplifying, but I want to write about so much more than that. Since we’re not quite on regular schedule yet, and it’s been a while since I posted, I decided I’d write a short post catching you up on our comings and goings. I know a lot of you also follow me on social media, so some of this will not be news to you.

This girl got older. I’m not going to tell you how old, but I’ll give you a hint. I’m 25…with nine years of experience 😀

My birthday gift to myself was my first ever Tarheel Ten Miler. It was a challenge! I didn’t think I could do it, but I did. I even ran faster than I thought! I loved the race so much I have already signed up for next year!

Yeah, I’m dealing with some rough stuff right now. But my two baby girls make me smile and keep me going. ❤️ They will turn eight and four this year and they’re both sweet, cuddly little balls of energy.

And as for the hard stuff- Everybody go to counseling. Even if you think you think you don’t need to. I have been going weekly for a few months now and I’ve learned so much about myself and what I need. I recently saw a quote that mentioned how we go to the doctor for check ups to keep our bodies healthy, so why not do the same for our mental health? It makes sense!

And as for the blog: what I want to do with it is feature a DIY, something hone related and something family related each week. Basically, not a huge amount of changes but enough to keep it interesting.

Here’s to new adventures! Thanks for supporting us along this new journey.