Every day I’m shuffling

Hi! Before I get to today’s post I have two quick things:

1) Today is Ben and my 15 year anniversary!! Holy cow. That’s like a milestone or something. We were young and stupidly in love when we got married (I wasn’t even 19 yet!), but it was the best decision we have ever made. I can’t imagine my life without my partner in crime. Happy Anniversary, babe.

Engaged and now:

  

2) Thanks for all the feedback on my last post! I am going to try to blog more, but with less content per post. I like touching base with you more frequently, so thank you for your opinions. I’m a week in and already failing miserably. I am going to be all anti-Yoda for a sec though and say that I am TRYING!

Okay, so, today’s post…

Our son’s room use to look like this (after a lot of painting, that is!):

And like this:

Two facts about my son: He plays the drums; and he loves Legos. Well, the drums are freaking loud, and I was getting tired of looking at them in our “piano” (aka dining) room (and because I have other big plans for that room now), so I moved them to his bedroom. They didn’t really fit though with all his other stuff and things were cramped. You see, this lovely Lego storage I created takes up a bunch of space:

He hasn’t been as into Legos as much lately (he’s almost 12 and things like magic card tricks, Origami, and Rubik’s Cube solving take up way too much time) so when I asked him how he felt about moving the Legos to the game room, he responded with a resounding “YES! PLEASE!!!”

All that to say I drug the Legos to the game room so the boy would have more space in his room.

When we moved in I contemplated storing the Legos in the game room (it makes sense to have all the toys in the “toy room” but didn’t think they’d fit with all the other crap in there). But they actually fit perfectly.

And obviously we are still working on this room (we haven’t done anything but plop furniture down since we moved in) so try not to judge me based on the terrible paint job.

Now that the Legos are out of the room I did an entire furniture flip-flop in the boy’s room. I don’t generally like having the bed bombard me when I walk into a room, but after several attempts at furniture placement in this room, this current layout seems to make the most sense.

Across from the bed are the drums, and next to it is his shelf which I have placed on it’s side. I have a love/hate relationship with these ikea shelves. I love that they are cheap and hold tons of stuff, but sometimes the shelves are too big and they don’t hold things as cleanly as I’d like. Also, just overlook all the random photos and artwork stacked around the room. We are still deciding where to hang what.

The drums have been in his room on a trial bases for about a month, and I have to say, I really prefer them in there. He likes it too. As for the Legos in the game room, I’ve avoided removing them from my boy’s room because I prefer I only step on Legos in one confined location, so we’ll see how this Legos-in-the-game-room setup works once friends come over and have unlimited access to dumping piles of Legos all over the place. They seem to get played with so infrequently these days that I’m hoping it won’t be an issue.


     

Two hacks in one post (curtains for my boy’s room)

Hiah my friends! I have been doing a little bit of tweaking in my son’s room this past week and am very excited to show you! His poor room has been virtually neglected the past almost-3-years that we’ve lived here. Thank goodness he is a typical boy who could care less what his room looks like. As long as he has his legos and DS, he is a happy camper.

Okay, so his room started like this:

First off, I ditched the shelf below his window almost immediately. It’s now on the other side of the room. And just for a refresher, here’s the post I wrote about all his bedding.

I’ll just go ahead and start with the “after” and then share the deets. I hung some curtains in his room and I still can’t believe what a huge difference it made.

I’ll let you do a quick double-take now. Yes, I am just as shocked with the before and after.


I didn’t even paint his walls or anything. Just curtains. And the room looks like 10 thousand percent better. Wow.

I love with a capital L these curtains. They are actually navy/white pinstripe twin bedsheets that I found at Target in the clearance section a few weeks ago. All I did was add a 1″ wide orange grosgrain piece of ribbon down the inner edge of either panel.

The stripe compliments the stripe on the bedding, but because it’s such a narrow pinstripe it doesn’t compete with the bedding. To turn the flat sheet into a curtain I sewed the orange ribbon down the side and stuck a curtain rod through the top of the sheet (I had to seam rip some stitching to open it up on either side).

Then I just hung the rod so that the curtain would barely touch the floor – no hemming or anything. So easy!

Now for the really fun part! I totally did an ikea hack to hang the curtan. I was going to make another one of my custom $2 curtain rods but as luck would have it I came across two ikea “bygel” kitchen rails in my stash. I had them in my office before Ben and I did one of our many office flip-flops.

The wheels started turning and I thought to myself, “Self, these look like they could be awesome cheap curtain rods!” I tested them out and sure enough, they were long enough and the fabric fit on them.

All I had to do was screw them into the wall with the curtain already attached, and voila! instant curtain rods.

I am just giddy at how well they worked. And if you can even believe it, they are only $2.99 at ikea and come in two different lengths (these are the shorter 21″ length).

I guess you’d say this post is a double hack. I hacked some twin bedsheets into curtains, and I hacked two kitchen storage rails into curtain rods. I’m sexy thrifty and I know it.


And for your pinning pleasure:


I have been working like crazy on this house lately and I can’t wait to get down to business and show you everything I’ve done! If you’ve done any crazy ikea hacks lately or have made some curtains, share your post with us in the comments section!


     

Sorting all those LEGO instruction booklets

Are you a Lego mama? I am. My son has tons of Legos. Like, bucket-loads. I’ve spent time setting up a pretty sweet containment system for all the chaos, but those instruction booklets? Aye yai yai. I swear, my friends, Legos will be the death of me!

So, for like 8 years I have saved the Lego instruction books from the grips of a little boy who would otherwise completely destroy them. He is finally old enough that I have relinquished my iron grip on these very expensive little books and allowed him to keep them.

The booklets have been stored in a plastic container with a lid. They have seen better days.


The problem with storing them piled in a plastic bin is that when the boy decides to look for a book, he tears through the container until he finds the book he wants. And then we end up with trashed booklets. And mama cries.

Did you know every time you throw away or destroy a Lego Instruction Booklet, somewhere out there a Mini Figure dies. It’s true.

We have killed too many mini figs. It was time for a new solution. Leanne is more creative than I, and fortunately I found an idea that she used for all those booklets.

Drum Roll… Lego instruction booklet binders.


I read her post a year ago, pinned it, and have been meaning to get on it since then. Well, finally I did it. I hunkered down and stuffed those booklets into nice organized binders.

I started by dumping out the bin and sorting all the books into piles by theme (Star Wars, Mars Mission, Indiana Jones, etc).

Once I had my piles goin’ on, I took all the itty bitty little instruction cards and taped them onto cardstock.

These mini square cards are from the Advent Calendar he gets each year for Christmas – I save all the little cards so he can rebuild his little treasures.

And like I said earlier, I had to do some damage control on several books. I just taped them all back together using scotch tape.

As for the stuffing, I just purchased a few packages of sheet protectors and a couple binders. Each book gets stuffed into a sheet protector.

When the boy wants to build a set, he removes the book from the protector, builds his set, and then returns his book back to the protector. Seems simple enough. Yet, then again, this child is the most unorganized little human on the planet, so we’ll see how it goes.

As I stuffed the books and created my cardstock pages with all the mini cards, I added them to the binders.

Super simple, and so much easier to find a particular book without destroying every other book in his path.


And just as a refresher, here’s how we store Legos in his room.

Do you have any other really awesome Lego storage ideas? I’m always open to new ideas. There’s pretty much nothing worse than stepping on a Lego while barefoot, so any new ways to keep them away from my arches is gravy.


     
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