How much stuff do kids accumulate? Seriously, I have no idea where half of it came from but it’s generally all over the floor. Which is why, whilst they are away at their fathers, I am taking advantage of being able to throw things away without the cry of ‘but that’s my favourite!’ and the wailing over a broken toy they haven’t played with for 6 months.
They probably won’t even notice when they get back – not least because no doubt they will bring another haul of tat back from their father’s to replace the stuff I’m throwing out anyway.
But even once the clear out is done, there still seems to a lot of stuff left over and not so many places to put it. Or at least this was the case until I got myself some decent storage.
Creating space in a kid’s bedroom
Before we got the under-bed drawers the space un my kids beds was filled with dust bunnies, lost toys, bits of tissue and the odd errant piece of school uniform. Now all that stuff is now shoved into under-bed drawers so at least it looks a lot neater. I’m joking. Mostly.
The large drawers we got have made the space underneath the bed into useable storage areas great for keeping things like their trains and train track, and dressing up clothes in. It’s freed up a lot of other space in the room to add more storage solutions.
Shelves and boxes
We bought some free standing, cubed shelving units that act both as a room divider for breaking up the room a little and as a brilliant storage solution. The unit is laid on its side so that it is longer than its high and has eight cubes which can be either used as shelves for large toys or can house attractive looking baskets for keeping small toys together.
These are a great way of getting all of those bits of Polly Pockets, Barbie clothes and Moshi Monsters all stored together in easy to access places. And the top of the unit acts as a handy playing area for acting out of their small world play.
Not only does it give them somewhere to store the books they are reading, lamp and glass of water for the night – the majority of bed side tables come with a cupboard and drawer. Perfect as another place to hide away toys and keep games or small toys together.
We love our book shelf. It’s not an ordinary shelf but a clever way of organising books so that they are all forward facing and easy to both see and get out. We tried standard book shelves but I found that the books were either neatly placed on the shelf and therefore hard to see what any of them were, or stacked in a higgeldy piggeldy fashion and constantly sliding off the shelf and onto the floor.
It’s one of these that you can get from FADS Online.
This shelf makes it easy for the kids to browse their books and choose what they want to read and it keeps the books were they can always see them tempting them to take them out and read.
These are a fantastic invention which means they you can hang up any toy or item of clothing without the need for nails, hooks or even room; hanging them off thin air until they are needed. Sadly they haven’t been invented yet, so it’s probably best to try one of the options above. Unless you are an amazing inventor in which case get your genius hat on and invent. I need skyhooks! Maybe I should copyright the idea…