Sunday, 24 February 2013

New Playroom - Part 2

If you missed last week's post showing you our drop down desk click here.

I bought some white tubs for the bargain price of $5 each awhile ago and I still had some left over. I decided I could use them on top of the expedit to store some of the toys that are too big to fit in the expedit. But if you know me you would know I just couldn't stop there I had to design some toy labels as well.

Playroom Storage

Playroom Storage

Toyroom Label

The below photos are from part 1 of the playroom post.

Desk Up
Desk Down

Ottomans for extra storage and seating


Sunday, 17 February 2013

New Playroom - Part 1

We decided to move our playroom, there were two reasons for this:

1.   To have Coby sleeping closer to everyone else
2.   The playroom will be much closer to our kitchen/living area

In the old playroom we had a cute little white table and chairs for the boys but it was really too small for 3 growing boys.

Old Playroom with small table

We needed somewhere where all the boys could sit down together to do artwork, puzzles, lego, drawing etc. We wanted a large work space but we didn't want to lose too much space, the new playroom is a bit smaller. So we came up with the idea of a desk that would fold up when not being used. We used a 820mm solid door which we painted white.

Fold down table for playroom

Table folded up in playroom

These latches hold the legs in place when the table is up

This latch holds the rest of the table up

The latch is up quite high so the kids can't get to it. My husband assures me that even if the kids sit on the table it will not come away from the wall. I guess he should know he is a builder lol.

Ottomans for playroom storage

These ottomans are great for extra seating and storage. When they have friends around they can all sit at the table, even hubby and I use them to sit on.

Next week I will show you the rest of the playroom.


Sunday, 10 February 2013

Pantry Organisation

When I saw Martha Stewarts chalkboard labels I just knew I wanted them for our pantry. If things change or I move items around its very easy to rub out and change.

I bought some spice rack holders and a paper towel holder to free up some space in the pantry, my lovely hubby put them up for me. Don't forget to think of vertical space that you can utilise.

Organised Pantry

Spice Rack

Menu planner and Shopping List

Paper Towel Holder


Sunday, 3 February 2013

Mini Mudroom in a Cupboard

I picked up some white tubs from Officeworks for $5 each, they were such a bargain. I bought a couple well more like 12 of them, I just love love containers and baskets. When I brought them home my hubby just sighed and said "not more container"s. At this stage I didn't quite know what I was going to use them for but I knew I would find a use for them.

So fast forward a couple of weeks I had bought Brodie his school bag, I then realised that there was no way that it was going to fit in where the kids backpacks go currently. The below photo is from a post I did in February last year, you can see the post here. The basket on the far right was fine for 3 little backpacks but it wasn't going to big enough for a school bag and 2 backpacks.

Storage for kids shoes, hats and backpacks

I have always wanted to create somewhere for the kids to dump their backpacks, swimming bag and also have a home for items to be donated and items to be returned that was not visible.

One of the cupboards next to our front door was being used for the swimming bag, vacuum cleaner and just stuff and alot of the shelves were empty. I couldn't wait to put one of the tubs in there to see whether they would fit and lucky for me I could fit 2 side by side. I must admit I was quite happy with myself, I then worked out what I wanted to put in each tub. I designed some labels to put on the front of the tubs.

Tub Label

I couldn't take a photo of the whole cupboard I can't fit it all sorry but it's in 2 photos. Hint to hubby if you are reading this post I need a DSLR with a wide lens ;).

Mini Mudroom in a cupboard - Bottom 3 shelves
Mini Mudroom in a cupboard - Top 3 shelves

So here is a closer look at all the shelves and what the tubs hold. 

Spare containers - You know I love containers and I always have some spare and this is where the smaller ones are kept.
Office Supplies - Spare office supplies e.g. paper, toner

Stackable Drawers

Archive - Any paperwork that I want to archive, when the drawer is full I will transfer to a archive box.
Stuff - Odds and ends that don't really have anywhere to go
Batteries - You guessed it batteries
Return - Any items that need to be returned to a shop, friends or family

I am sure I will come up with ideas to fill the other 2 drawers.

Donate - I put anything in here to donate when it is full I can take the tub and put it in the car and take to our local Op shop.
Bags - reusable shopping bags.

Swim - We have board shorts and towels that are only used for swimming lessons and these stay in this tub. As soon as these are washed and dried they are put straight back in this tub. This saves the hassle of running around trying to find everything on swimming days.
Brodie - School bag and backpack

Joel - backpack, kinder hat and raincoat for kinder
Coby - backpack

Coby - sunglasses & hats
Joel - sunglasses & hats
Brodie - school shoes & hats

I tried again to get it all in one photo but this is as close as I could get it so just try and imagine another 4 tubs on top of this photo :).

Mini Mudroom in a Cupboard

I have used the remaining white tubs in another space I have organised.  I will be sharing that with you soon.

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