Organizing Kids Rooms

October 17, 2018

boys room

My son turned 6 this week. We’re adjusting to kindergarten and the weather is finally getting colder here in Nevada. Colder weather means new clothes and his birthday means new toys. It seemed like the perfect time to organize and make some changes to his room.

Of course you can’t do a room reveal without showing a before photo right?  Notice the trim was gray. We decided to keep the trim color the same because we knew painting all the trim would be a big job and our main priority was to get Cooper settled into his new room as quickly as possible.  I chose a gray paint for the walls to compliment the trim. It was also Cooper’s request to remove the chandelier. (:

boys bedroom

The bunk bed is from Target. The bottom bedding is from Pottery Barn kids and the top bedding is from Land of Nod (Crate & Kids). Notice the book ledge by the bottom bed? He loves lining up the books he wants to read. We read stories every night. It’s one of my favorite things to do with him especially now that he’s starting to read.

boys bedroomboys room

My dad (pop pop) gives Cooper these metal cars every time we come and visit him.

When we first moved into this house I used a bookcase in his room that we’d had for over 8 years from Ikea to store his toys and books. I used it because we had it. After living in our home for a year there were a few things that just weren’t working in this space. I didn’t like that his dresser was so close to his bed and honestly the bookcase took up too much room in the space. I did a little brainstorming and thought, there was nothing under his bed and it was obviously being under utilized. At first I thought perhaps I’d buy an old dresser at the thrift store and use the drawers from it to store toys under the bed. Then I got the idea that maybe my husband could make a large drawer essentially a big wooden drawer with wheels. It was his idea to make dividers in the box so that Cooper could separate all his toys. As you can see Coop loves building things and he loves cars. I attached some drawer pulls onto the box so Cooper can easily pull the box out from under his bed.

boys bedroomboys bedroom

 

boys bedroom

 

boys bedroom

You should know that we keep toys to a minimum around our house. If a toy goes months without being touched I donate it. The same goes for books. Cooper also has a small space under our stairs with some toys but mostly art stuff that I will share at another time.  I also encourage friends and family to buy us experiences too. This last go around I donated 2 bags of toys to Savers and a bag of books to his school.

boys bedroom

When I got rid of the Ikea bookcase it meant I needed something to hold his books. I decided to get this super affordable cart from Target that was actually on clearance because back to school time had just ended. It’s still super affordable even when it’s not on sale. I noticed when we had the bookcase Cooper rarely slid the book back into the shelf or if he did all the books would slide all over the place. I love this new cart because he just grabs a book and puts it back.

boys bedroom

Because it’s fall my son also gets new clothes. The kid is growing like a weed. I went through all his drawers. Packed away his swim suits. Weeded through anything that needed to be tossed or donated. I organized the closet. I organize by item, meaning all the sweaters, polos, t-shirts etc. He also has a hanging bin (Walmart) in his closet. It holds his baseball uniform and his school uniforms and shoes for the week. He also wears baseball hats and they are simply hung on command hooks. Kids needs change all the time so I’m all about cheaper solutions for organization. Another simple trick is always putting the empty hanger at the end of the closet so they’re easy to grab on laundry day.

boys bedroom

boys bedroom

boys bedroom

I added a desk to his room and he was so excited. He will sit at his desk for hours and play legos. The desk was originally bought for our living room but ended up being way too small for the space. I’m glad I was able to make it work in his room. 
boys bedroom

I mentioned on my facebook page yesterday that a lot of the items in Cooper’s bedroom are from before he was even born. Like his Star Wars prints and the globes on his dresser.

His old dresser from his nursery is now in our master bedroom and his new dresser is one of the first thrift store purchases I found when we moved to Nevada.

boys room

boys room

boys room

Coop’s big sister bought the Cubs print for him. Artwork doesn’t have to break the bank. This one was from a pop-up shop in Chicago. It has such special meaning and is such a sweet touch for his space. On the ladder when you walked into the room is his favorite (ghee) blanket that was given to me as a shower gift. Isn’t it crazy how something can evoke such strong and loving memories.

I’m so happy with how the space turned out and most important Cooper is super proud of his new updated space! If you have any questions please feel free to ask!

Share Button
More about Laurie

1 Comment
    1. Hi Laurie – Great site! Does your husband sell the bocce scoreboard as a kit? It looks great – we have a new court here in Northern California & it would look great in our back yard. Let me know, thx – Frank Florence/ fflorence408@gmail.com/ 408.472.4110.
      Cheers & have a great weekend –

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published.