This family moved into their new Ventura home when their second daughter was just a few weeks old. Juggling a three year-old and an infant while setting up a new home is the job of a superhero! Mom did an awesome job getting unpacked quickly and making their home beautiful and functional. But as every parent knows, when those birthdays and holidays roll around your kids end up with SO MUCH STUFF. You need an empty room in your home just waiting to be filled with giant play sets and toy kitchens and drum sets! Oooooh, the drum sets! The emotional struggle is real...appreciative, overwhelmed, appreciative, overwhelmed. Mom and I decided to tackle Charlotte's room first. As a 3 year-old, Charlotte is choosing her own outfits each morning, and is learning responsibility by helping to tidy up her room each day. We had a few big challenges with this project:
- Charlotte could not find her favorite clothes, and getting dressed in the mornings was becoming a real struggle.
- Lack of floor space
- Keeping all large toys in the room, and storing all outgrown clothes & toys (for baby sister)
- No easy storage system for toys
Budget & Resources
- $0 budget for supplies. We used items found in the home, and Mom was open to purchasing items later as needed. We actually freed up quite a few boxes, so no need to go shopping (and now they have containers to use in other rooms!)
- Mosquito net purchased on Amazon.com ($10)
- Silver photo frames, taken from another room in the house
- Printable art for frames found online (FREE)
- Battery operated LED fairy lights fro Target ($6)
- Create more floor space
- Create storage solution for clothing
- Make room for incoming Christmas gifts
- Create reading nook
- Make room feel more styled
Mom and I worked together to transform the room in just 4 hours! It was so helpful that she is a very crafty, hand-on person - working together was so much fun! We started by taking everything out of the closet, and then hanging only the dresses (Charlotte's go to item). Leggings and tops were put into a re-purposed plastic drawer unit where she could easily reach them. We moved the hamper and some larger, lesser used toys into the closet. Out of season items were stored in matching boxes on the top shelf.
We positioned the bed along a different wall, creating more floor space. In order to add a reading nook with the mosquito netting, we moved the dress up bookcase next to the other storage unit. We added a tension rod and removed the shelves so that Charlotte could see all the princess dresses, and stored the shoes and accessories in baskets.
Final touches were to hang a large cork board found in another room, and position the vanity table underneath. We hung the mosquito netting, added some lights and throw pillows and a ready nook was created!