Today I’m sharing our playroom makeover project that we worked with IKEA and a bay area organizer, Shira Gill. It was such a dream team to work with these two, and I’m so happy with how it turned out! Keep reading for lots more details (and before pictures!)…
First, a before picture. We have this great playroom space down in the basement with a big window to the backyard. It’s one of my favorite parts about the home. There’s a cozy electric fireplace, and we hung swings from the ceiling. The couch and tv are on the right hand side (not shown in the image). So the area is nicely split up between tv and playroom. But, we just weren’t using the space very efficiently. There was one large bookshelf but it was too vertical and didn’t have the room we needed that was accessible for toy storage. Most of the toys ended up just being placed in bins along the wall, and in no particular organization:
So here’s what prompted this project: This summer we were visiting my sister Celeste, the kids was having so much fun playing with all of her toys. I realized that they really thrived on the organization of it all. They were really good about keeping pieces together and putting things back where they needed to go. We just needed a system in place.
That’s when I met Shira! She was introduced from my friend Erin as someone that works with families on this exact problem: creating and implementing organization systems. More than that though, she did the hard part, spending a lot of time with me decluttering, editing, categorizing, sorting, and donating.
I can’t recommend her services more! She came the first time for an assessment and toy edit. We talked about the challenges of the space and our family and from that, we created a plan. Then we jumped into sorting and editing. She came again for a second visit to help install the pieces that we had decided were needed for the space. There were specific homework assignments I had inbetween the two visits so it really forced me to commit to the organization project.
She had so many brilliant organization ideas, I’ll be posting about them separately next week so stay tuned for that!
This is where IKEA stepped in. I worked with them and Shira to find products for the playroom that made the most sense for our space and family. Like many of you I’m sure, IKEA is my go-to spot for streamlined, beautifully designed, affordable home furnishings. I’m always impressed with what they offer and get so excited for the new catalogue to come out every year! Last month I had a chance to visit IKEA for a preview of the 2018 products which made me really inspired to work with them on this space.
One of the first, and biggest homework assignments Jared and I had was to build wall shelving on the wall where the current bookshelf was. I really wanted a minimal look, so we used natural pine boards from Home Depot only slightly sanded, and not stained. For brackets we used some simple white EKBY Lerberg brackets from IKEA.
The important thing was making the shelves accessible for the kids, and that the shelves would also fit around their cute play kitchen (which is actually a great Amazon find).
First off, we needed three types of baskets to hold similar categories of toys. Small, medium, and large.
For the small baskets we picked these RISATORP metal white baskets. I actually had picked up a couple of these the last time I visited IKEA, I thought they were so cute! We used these for toys that didn’t need a lot of space like our animals, Magna Tiles, and cars.
The colorful rug is the HALVED rug from IKEA. The shelves are very neutral so I thought a punch of color would be fun for the floor.
On the left hand side of the shelves is our dress up area. We hung some masks (vintage ones we’ve collected from Etsy) on hooks, and keep most of dress ups in the leather suitcase below. PRO TIP! Now is the best time of year to get dress ups! Head to your local Goodwill and sift through the racks of Halloween costumes they have out right now. I tend to look for handmade and vintage costumes since they feel special. Last month we found so many great things (and that leather suitcase too!).
I have to say, the system all is working incredibly well. I don’t even have to spend much time reminding the kids to clean things up. They know exactly where things go and Edie especially is so into the organization of it all. I honestly didn’t think my family was this kind of organized family but I’m starting to see a new side of them (and myself!)
I was so inspired by my work organizing with Shira that I went on a huge organizing, decluttering, junk removal spree after she left! For several evenings I was super motivated after the kids went to bed. Creating piles of things to give away, going through old storage boxes and listing items on Craigslist. It was SO liberating getting rid of an entire truck load of junk!
Here’s another fun spot in the new playroom. We repurposed the wooden FLISAT IKEA dollhouse Edie had gotten for Christmas last year (but wasn’t really using that much) into a little bookshelf. The pendant is a bamboo one we got a while back here at Etsy from Thailand.
We’ve had swings hanging in this playroom for a while now. All three kids love it, it’s our very favorite active toy. We have three swings we can hook on: a baby bucket swing (shown here), a standard wooden swing, and a trapeze. Henry LOVES the trapeze!
I can’t tell you how much happier this space makes me! The toy situation had gotten so out of control and it was really starting to stress me out on a regular basis. It’s true what they say, decluttering and organizing your house totally declutters your mind as well. Have you found the same?