Last week Kate and I organized a pretty in pink nursery for a client with 2 of the most adorable twin girls. Before our session she struggled with the lack of storage space in the room. Putting away clean clothes had become a huge chore (causing a backup in her laundry room) and overall organizational maintenance had become overwhelming when her two little tornadoes got their hands into all of the clutter hanging around the room.
The mindset with organizational issues like this can either be to add storage to accommodate everything OR eliminate items not used and loved to make the current storage systems more efficient. The first mindset is most popular because it’s the way our society is programmed. We are pushed to consume products, not to purge products and live with less. Take a look around the room you are in right now and if you see miscellaneous baskets that you’ve decided to fill just because they look cute, not because you really need the magazines or blankets stored inside of them, you are a victim of the first mindset. I obviously prefer the second mindset and I promise with a little practice it will start to come easy for you too. Just remember, sort, purge, THEN plan for storage.
We had piles of categories to sort all over the room and in the hallway outside and after our client made decisions the Kuzak’s Closet van was filled with clothing, blankets, and home decor that wasn’t used and/or didn’t fit. One major decor change was to a large 8×10 rug out of the room. The rug made it incredibly difficult to access the closet, it was 1.5 inches thick so it couldn’t clear the door and needed to be folded back. Talk about yuck and a huge link to her hatred of putting away the clean laundry. It was on the top of my list of items to purge but I couldn’t convince our client until we physically moved it out. It was so big it took all three of us to roll it up and haul it down the stairs! We put a small furry rug in between the cribs to add a pop of color and texture which is all the room needed.
Can you get enough of this kitty cat hamper from Pottery Barn Kids? Talk about adorable and it’s more than 50% off right now so snag it while you can! Now that the room is decluttered all of the fun accents can really shine.
The closet is pretty tiny for 2 girls. The wall that I have bags hanging on is where the furnace comes up from downstairs. It really hogs space but for now we are making it work. They had the little hanging shelf that we repurposed for now. I suggested adding shelves there down the road, we can get them from the closet maker or have melamine shelves cut to size at Home Depot. That area was originally meant for long hanging items but right now that isn’t needed and shelving could really maximize that space for folded pants, swim, and shoes.
We have all of the spring/summer dresses hanging on the right…they will eventually be packed up for another baby or purged when the California seasons officially change. With the seasons so close we opted to hang the fall on the left to help our client visualize what she has for the girls and prevent over buying. She admitted to a pajama and dress addiction to us but who can blame her, it would be so fun to buy for two girls!
This sweet little closet looks like a boutique with so many matching items. These girls are turning three soon and have the more adorable wardrobe (hanging on an array of pink hangers no doubt).
Adorable! Twins = twice the love, twice the blessings, and twice the shoes! These Little Melissa rain boots are just about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.
With the large rug gone the closet opens up with ease and busy mornings getting ready for the day will be so much smoother. Even clip clop the horse was happy with the results!
There is a dresser on the opposite side of the room that holds pjs, socks, tanks, shirts, etc.. I forgot to take a picture of the inside of the drawers but there is plenty of room for fall/winter additions.
There is a small closet to the right of the main closet, behind the glider. It was packed to the gills with bedding and blankets that we really thinned it out. It’s now down to the absolute favorites, overflow diapers, and travel items like monitors and crib tents. It’s a dark corner so this picture isn’t absolutely perfect but it gives to an idea of all of the storage in this sweet room. Down the road this closet will be used for clothing for the girls as they get bigger but for now it’s just sweet and it works.
Thank you for letting me share the inside scoop from one of my recent projects. I’ve got a backlog to share so stay tuned for more inspiration coming soon!