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Monday, January 9, 2012

Organizing a Crafty Kid's Room


My (almost 10 year old) son has (unfortunately) inherited my love of collecting...not too mention my love for crafting and creating.
On top of these clutter issues, he has one of the smallest rooms in the house to call his bedroom. Yikes!
Today I'm sharing how we've managed to give him a room that really works with two great pieces of furniture.


#1 A Wardrobe
This IKEA cabinet has been a lifesaver! 
What started out as a wardrobe to hold my son's clothes--
now holds all his craft supplies!  It's basically his own 'art' cabinet! 
Take a look...


According to my son, art supplies are more important than clothes...
and yes, I really couldn't agree more!

IKEA no longer sells this brand of furniture, but you can click here to see similar wardrobes.


Now of course I need to point out that we straightened things a bit before we took this picture.
You can't possibly believe that it looks this organized all the time!  Ha!
You see, my kid would rather create than put things away...another trait he inherited from me.


Clear, plastic shoe boxes and bins hold supplies.


I had my son make his own labels, in an attempt to put him in charge of the organizing.


Drawing books, notebooks, journals, sketchpads, folders...


and magazines have a home.


And how cool is this? 
Projects still 'in progress' hang from clipped hangers!

Now, moving to the other side of the room...


Lifesaver #2  A multi-use bed

Have you seen these beds?  They do everything!


This bed truly has it all!
It's a bunk bed, a trundle bed, a pull-out desk, a book shelf, a dresser...


Once again my child has chosen to fill the drawers with collections instead of clothes.
(I didn't get a picture of the closet, but we re-organized it with lots of bins to hold the neglected clothes.)



And the best part?



 The secret cubby hole behind the bed!
It's his perfect reading spot...and hiding spot from his sister!

This exact bed can be found in many stores like this one here.
Or, build your own and buy your plans---click here.

At this exact moment, I can proudly say, my son's room is neat and organized!
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I wonder if I should let him in it?!?

Happy Organizing!



9 comments :

  1. Okay, you need to come to my house and organize my craft room! LOL. This is just plain awesome. "A place for everything and everything in its place."

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  2. Looks great! There's a gathering space in our kitchen that is junked up with all kinds of art supplies - I just need to jump in there like you and get it organized - our sons have IKEA dressers in their room where the top half is full of books, toys, knick knacks, etc

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  3. I vote to keep him out. heheheh Great job with all the organization!!

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  4. Looks great! I want one of those bunk beds for Hanna's room. I'll have to show my hubby, would make her room so much bigger to have the bed, desk, and dresser all in one. She has a small room too. I just reorganized our toy room closet, which I seem to do regularly, plastic bins are the best!

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  5. Now... you guys can come over and organize my craft room! j/k He has done a fabulous job! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I love the labelled bins. My 3 older girls love to make crafts, but can never find their glue, tape, or scissors..{I think this would help a ton! Thanks for the tips ;)
    Jade www.constant-chatter.com

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  7. Wow! I'm impressed by the versatility of the bed! Can I get a secret hiding place in mine?? :) Thanks for sharing. Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday.

    Melanie
    www.bearrabbitbear.com

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    XO, Aimee

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