We're lucky to have a separate space for my son's incredible amount of toys. I thought it was pretty orderly with lots of shelves, but it just looks cluttered and it's hard to clean up after my son's had a good go of it for a week or so.
Then, about two weeks ago, I stumbled upon some Fabric Storage Bins at The Dollar Tree. The lowest price I'd seen the Fabric Bins was at Walmart for a Set of 6 bins for $41.99 or about $7.00 each. We won't even talk about Crate & Barrel's Fabric Bins which start at $9.95 and go up to $16.95 each! When I saw them for only a buck a piece, I nearly bought them all!
I've got the organizing equipment...Now for the motivation! Well, it's not too hard for me to get motivated when I walk into a room that's looking like this:
I know...you've been in kid's playrooms before and you're probably thinking, "What's the problem, you can still see the floor!" The thing is, when the toys are all cluttered like this, my son can't really appreciate (or remember) what he has to play with. As I moved every-single-thing out of this room and then reintroduced it, he was all excited and started playing with toys I might have considered selling at our upcoming yard sale.
Alright...are you ready for the AFTER shots?
Here's a shot of the Fabric Storage Bins I picked up at the Dollar Tree. Pretty sweet organizing, huh?
I also replaced the large, round table I had in here with this sideboard I picked up at a yard sale. It makes the perfect work space without taking up the whole room!
This project took me a good part of the day with my four-year-old's "help," but I know that even he has a lot of pride in the way his Play Room looks now - when "Dada" got home, he ran to show him how we "moved everything!"
One more time BEFORE & AFTER:
Fake-It Yourself Breakdown:
Dollar Tree Play Room Organization (Fabric Storage Bins - 20/$1.00 each)
Total Fake-It Cost: $20.00
Compare to Walmart Play Room Organization (Walmart Fabric Bins 6/$41.99)
Total Fake-It Savings: $126.97
Compare to Crate & Barrel Play Room Organization (C&B Fabric Bins 10/$9.95, 8/13.95, 2/$16.95)
Total Fake-It Savings: $225.00