How a DIY closet organizer made a huge difference

How a DIY closet organizer made a huge difference

My daughters’ closets were one hot mess. Like most other closets in this house, There was only one rod and one really high shelf. I don’t have a before picture of my oldest daughter’s closet, but here’s my youngest’s closet. They both pretty much looked like this:

Ugh. I couldn’t find a thing and every time you opened the door, things would fall out. It was a big mess.

My dad, before he passed away, was a good carpenter. He never worked as a carpenter; he just happened to be really good at building things. I downloaded this Ana White plan, and he felt confident we could build it.

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I don’t know if you have ever used an Ana White plan before, but they are amazing. She includes a shopping list with everything you’ll need and even a cut list to tell you how to cut your boards. They’re really easy to follow. My dad built that closet organizer shelf in about two hours.

We added a double rod on only one side so that when the girls are older, they have one side to hang dresses.

I then took some old diaper boxes and covered them with fabric. I already had the baskets on the top shelf.

I then added labels to the boxes as well. I made them on our computer and then laminated them.

I also created labels for the bins in our youngest daughter’s closet.

Remember the closet that looked like this?

Well, now it looks like this:

Isn’t that so much better?

And best of all, we created both of these closets for less than $100.

Before you buy an expensive closet organizer, head on over to Anawhite.com and create your own…for a lot less.

Have a great day!

DIY Shabby Chic Lampshade

My youngest daughter wanted a pretty new lamp for her bedroom. We tried to find something that would fit her boho- themed room without breaking the bank, but we couldn’t.

But did you know lampshades are incredibly easy to DIY? All you need to make this one is some ribbon and a hot glue gun.

We found this ribbon at the Wal of Marts.

Then, get your hot glue gun and glue the ribbon to your shade however you want. I put a drop of glue every inch on this one and it has held just fine.

I really love how it turned out. A lot of people have thought it was high end.

Plus, my kiddo is happy and that’s all that really matters, right?

Tune in next week for some more really cute crafts for girls’ crafts.

Creating a calm, orderly space for homework and studying

Creating a calm, orderly space for homework and studying

homework spaces

 

My third grader has just started back to school, and we usually have a little homework to do each evening. While the homework is not difficult, what can be difficult is finding somewhere in our home where there are no distractions.

She has a desk in her room where she sits to complete her homework.

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There are a lot of things I like about this set up, but there are also a lot of things I would like to improve upon.

Her desk is actually pretty neat.

We are currently using a repurposed shoe box (covered with pretty paper and embellished with a book plate) and a crate to corral her desk items.

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I also created this super cute French memo board to hold her pictures and papers for school (more about that later).

So what more does her desk need?

1. Lighting

Emorie’s desk currently has no lighting. I am looking for one of these little gooseneck lamps, preferably one with a USB charging port for her tablet.

desk lamp

Walmart.com

pb kids lamp

Pottery Barn Kids

2. Pencil/pen/art utensil storage

Right now, Emorie’s pens, pencils and other writing odds and ends are housed in this white crate, which is more suited for reading books and magazines.

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This is simply too much in that white crate. Instead, I’d like to do something like this:

hanging pen storage

Shelterness

 

I  have both a dowel rod and curtain hardware, and an extra towel bar. I also already have buckets. I could easily use either one of those things to create this for her desk. Plus, it’d be super cute and she’d be able to find things soooo much easier.

3. Comfy seating

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Pottery Barn Kids

Emorie’s chair isn’t uncomfortable, but it could be better. I love these cute, comfy cushions from PB Kids.

Have a wonderful week.

Cute and Functional Study Spaces

Cute and Functional Study Spaces

My daughter needed a quiet, well-lit and organized place to study and do homework. We bought her this desk off Craigslist some time ago, but we never really decorated or did anything to make it inviting.

It wasn’t bad, but it was missing some key elements. Check this post for elements of an effective study space.

We decided to purchase a lamp

And we repurposed an old towel bar, S-hooks, and decorative buckets to store writing utensils.

Just $16 made a huge impact on her study space.

Her desk is far less cluttered and much cleaner now.

What small change has made a big impact at your house?

Girls’ rooms: how a simple change can change the look of the entire room

Girls’ rooms: how a simple change can change the look of the entire room

My daughter has had the same cute PBKids comforter and sheets since she was two.

I loved this comforter and so did Emorie, for awhile. Lately she’s gotten into mermaids and for her seventh birthday, she asked for a mermaid room. I reluctantly agreed.

We ordered this comforter, sheets and duvet from Target. I was relieved that the color matched her walls so well, because I didn’t want to paint them.

I also grabbed some fuchsia craft paint and some teal craft paint so I could paint these papier-mâché letters. Now she has a cute monogram above her bed that matches her comforter.

Her bookshelf didn’t really change much, except for this marquee letter from Justice.

Her dresser area didn’t change much either.

I didn’t even have to change the artwork.

And finally, we swapped out my childhood vanity for this lovely desk, where she can do her homework.

We decorated it with the memo board I made last fall, some cute boxes, and a few of her favorite things.

With just a little craft paint and some new bedding, Emorie’s room looks completely and totally different.

I still like the old bedding, but I’m quickly learning that my kid’s rooms aren’t mine, and if they’re happy with their rooms, I should let it be. And this mermaid loves her room.

Have a good Wednesday!