You guys we are beyond excited for week 4 of our weekly link-up with a group of rad husband and wife teams we connected with this year at Haven. This week, our fabulous hosts are Lindsey and Chris from Building Bluebird!
If you are feeling kinda lost as to what exactly a link up is don’t even worry, we were completely confused too! But now that we’re in week three we are starting to feel like experts. Each week alongside our crew we will be sharing some of our favorite tips and tricks all centered around the monthly topic. We want to see your best ideas, tips and tricks too!
Here are the Party House to Home Haven Rules:
We’d like to introduce you to a few husband and wife friends. Meet Lindsey and Chris from Building Bluebird, Sarah and Nick from Nestrs, Morgan and Jamie from Construction 2 Style and Katelynn and Uriah from The Inspiring Investment.
In case you are just joining us last let’s catch you up. Last week we chatted about 5 areas to organize for a more functional life and home, week 2 was 5 diy budget friendly tips to keeping your closets organized and we started with 7 ways to declutter and organize your life!
This has been a topic I have got so many questions about over the years since I am always sharing pictures of our dedicated playroom space in the house. Two things we’ve highlighted that keep the space organized, while fostering creativity is how to display kids art and how we add character to our kids room. So I am going to answer them all here.
My favorite way to store toys is inside of bins, baskets, boxes and tubs. I love that our playroom has so many different baskets to choose from. This allows me to give every toy its own dedicated spot. I’ve found the more organized I am in the playroom the easier it is for clean up and my dudes to find their toys. Our bins and baskets are not see through, which would be pretty rad as the kids would be able to see what goes inside of them but honestly they don’t need that. They remember where the toys go after just a few plays. I also love big plastic clear bins for toys. Although this isn’t beautiful or as aesthetically pleasing as I’d like it is practical for storing toys we rotate, even if in the basement!
We like to have books throughout our entire house. In our playroom we went with open shelving that would show the front of each book. I really think this is perfect for early readers as they haven’t quite figured out what all the letters mean yet, but they can tell a book by its cover and it’s right in front of them ready for choosing.
We do rotate the toys from our basement to the playroom. I do this every 3 to 4 months. The first initial go around is so time consuming and exhausting as I like to have every bin organized by the type of toy so it’s easy to find. And we still let our boys have access to the basement toys. I try to keep the most recent or talked about toys in the playroom upstairs, but find that the rotation brings love back to toys that weren’t getting much playtime before! And it saves overall on the Target trips…I know y’all know what I’m talking about!
This question really cracks me up. Come on you guys we’ve got two boys. Of course it isn’t that clean all the time. The boys do play in there daily. But it turns out when you go to take pictures of a space it photographs a whole lot better when it’s clean than when it’s cluttered. This was our biggest question from our Apartment Therapy feature! To help everyday, we do have the boys clean when they are done playing. But because they are kids not everything gets picked up every time, nor do toys make it back into the correct bin. So once the boys do go to sleep we pick up the space because it just makes me feel better to start fresh the next morning.
Pretend play clothing is seriously one of my favorites! I love watching our kids get into character. And at almost every playdate we have the kids are just drawn to this section. We used a towel rack for the bathroom to display the clothing that is hot right now, which is frequently rotated as well. We keep the extra pieces of clothing inside a wired basket for the boys to see.
The kitchen space is a hot place to play and I like to think it’s because I do so much cooking at home and cooking with our dudes. But with all the pieces that come with this space, keeping it organized is essential! What I love about this space though is you can teach real life skills here. I organized the fruits together on top of the fridge, the vegetables go inside the fridge along with eggs, milk, yogurt and juices. In the freezer there is ice cream and frozen vegetables. We keep all the canned items together and then break down the rest of the food into breakfast bins and lunch and dinner choices. I love that this helps give my kids an idea of what you make for each meal. We also have an additional bin for cooking and serving food supplies.
We change the look and feel of our playroom about every 6 months. This is because we really want the room to function correctly for our kids. And since we have some big pieces, we just can’t fit everything into the room at once.
Keeping this room with everything having its own space is seriously the most important part. It helps keep the room functioning and leaves it less of a disaster, which our kids have no problem creating. Now I know there are lots of ideas out there that really make spaces function better, so please tell us your favorite organization tips!
Danielle + Michael