This morning I decided we MUST. CLEAN. BEDROOMS. BEFORE. SCHOOL. STARTS. TOMORROW. My kids were thrilled. Or something like that. But we worked together for 2 hours and several garbage bags later and we had 4 sparkling(ish) rooms. That is the way I like to start off a new school year. A fresh slate, or at least swept floors.
I decided since the rooms were clean I should show you some of the projects I have worked on this past Spring. At some point I rearranged all the rooms (again) and now they are situated AND NOT CHANGING for long time. At least thats what I said. My friends have told me they think in a year everything will be swapped again. Only time will tell:) So would you like to see?
WARNING: LOTS OF PICTURES—
Starting with Lincoln and Atticus room:
For the boys I painted it yellow (it was pink). And added little flags. I painted a bed for Lincoln I purchased at the Goodwill, and personalized it. Clean. Fresh. In the closet I have another 9 cube shelf that hold’s Lincoln’s clothes. The one in the room is for Atticus. As you can tell we are pretty minimal when it comes to toys. There is the kitchen and then one shelf opposite it that has all the boy toys. Less is more when it comes to kid toys!
Then there is Maisey’s room.
All the photos are getting wonky! Sorry! This room was already green, so I added pink stripes, Jeremy put in the chandelier, and I painted the inside of the closet pink. I found this awesome storage cubby thingy at the Goodwill and I painted the trim pink (it was already white) added hooks, and now we have the best dress-up clothes storage ever! There is so many built-in drawers in this room that it is perfect for all her clothes! She has 2 baskets under her bed that hold her American Doll and Bitty Twin clothes. Like I said before with toys, less=more!
Upstairs we have the coved ceiling attic bedrooms. First is Moses. I have given a peek in here before, but here we are again:
I mapped Moses’ room with old atlases and maps using wall paper paste. It was super easy. The built-in drawers house his clothes and Lego’s. And the shelves hold his books. His room is super small, but it is great for an 8-year-old boy!
Then there is the book nook. This is a closet that I designated as a reading space. Lincoln likes to use this for a quiet time when Atticus is napping in the boy’s room. It is also just a great place for a time out from the busy-ness of life. Sorry about these photos, it is very hard to photograph a closet!
I took an IKEA mattress and folded it so it is a cozy spot. I have tried sheets on it, but the kids move to much and they always slip off. Same with blankets. Now kids choose to bring their own snuggly things in this space when they use it.
A Harry Potter quote, and my old book collection.
The baskets on the bigger shelf hold board books and BOB books. This is another area I have worked on paring down. There were so many ripped, torn and ruined books I finally tossed them. Clutter=Chaos. No thank you:)
Last but not least is Isabela’s rom. She wanted a tree, a bird and blue sky. I did my best:
Her room is much bigger than Moses and we arranged it so she wont outgrow it for a long time (hopefully!). The built in’s here hold clothes and some of her craft supplies. The shelves hold her books and shoes.
My girl friend had the great idea to screw hooks onto her wall to hang her clothes (since there is no closet). In the future if she needs more closet space we can disassemble the book nook and use the hooks for scarves, jewelry or bags. It is a fun way to hang clothes though!
She has an awesome desk that she hopes to use as a sewing desk (once she learns to sew!) For now it is a great quiet craft/work space.
So there you go! Rooms are finally DONE and *clean*. Everyone is happily playing in their rooms right now since they are clean and I will take advantage of the quiet myself. Happy afternoon, and happy new school year, as well!