Written by Jessica Chaffins
Ok, I am back….finally….hopefully….ugh!! Between wrapping up soccer season, Halloween and Trick or Treating, dealing with midnights shifts for my hubby and last but not least….Strep throat!!! But I am not going to dwell on the day to day mess of our crazy home….at least not right now haha! For now, I have the urge to get some clutter and mess under control, especially in my daughters playroom. Every year about this time, I have my girls go through their toys and stuff to let me know what they don’t want anymore (which surprisingly goes better than I anticipate). But they have one “section” of their playroom that they rarely get rid of items and since they do actually play with this stuff so often I don’t mind them keeping most of it (actually all of it, but don’t tell my husband that hehe).
This is their “classroom/school” space…they love to play school so I don’t push to get rid of much…but every time I look at this I get anxiety somethin’ fierce. So I need to come up with some organizing options that put me at ease and is also reasonable for a bunch of crazed little girls (just kidding…only my youngest is the crazed one). Over the next couple of days, I’m gonna share some of what I have do to help me get this chaos under control. I don’t want to invest much (if any) money into it, since they will probably tear through it pretty good.
So to start, I am going to try and make some of these items that are laying flat to become vertical to give me some more space. I am sure that most of you have seen on the almighty web cereal boxes being turned into magazine holders…..well I am going to be doing this to start. Have done this for my hubby already for some of this Wood magazines and random books, works out great, especially since they sit in the garage. No loss if they fall apart or get damaged. Now this will be perfect for the girl’s playroom.
All I need is some cereal boxes, a ruler, pen, and a pair of scissors. I need to rip off the tabs from the top of the box (will explain why in a sec). Next, from the top corner, I measure down 9 inches (22.86cm) at an angle (as in the pic above). Make sure you do this on both sides. The top portion above the lines (top right corner section) will be your folding pieces. I only have these lines just to give me a guide for folding down of these pieces. I don’t cut off the top portion of the boxes like some, I fold the sections down to give the box some more stability. Will be less likely to tear so easy when grabbed by little hands.
Now you only have to make two cuts….along the edge/corners of the 9 inch section you measured down. And fold it down inside the box.
Then continue on by folding down your front and back pieces. The boxes should fold easily along your line, but if not, you have your line to help ya correct it. I tape my insides down sometimes, especially since I know the girls will be in and out of the boxes a good bit.
I probably won’t be leaving them this way, may paint them or cover with contact paper. Not sure just yet. Needless to say they are actually pretty happy about ’em either way. Now let’s just see if this feeling continues with them throughout the rest of this process.
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– Sincerely Renee & Jessica