Wednesday, June 27, 2007

WFMW - Special Storage Shelf

I've mentioned a few kid storage tips in the past. You can browse my handy dandy links on the side if you're interested in reading those. Here's another tip because, as those of you with children know, you can never have enough storage. Just when you think you've got it covered, someone has a birthday. And somehow no matter how much you donate to Goodwill or sell in a yardsale, there's some special process in which books, My Little Ponies, Polly Pockets, and whatnot just multiply like rabbits. Is there some scientist trying to figure that out?

Anyway, for all those necessary child-life accessories, you need storage. Here's one of my secret weapons. This is a very tall shelf that we bought when a local K-Mart went out of business. In its former life it displayed blue jeans. Now it holds most of the girls' books. Not all, because some are too large to fit but most books are here. The two big boxes of Duplos are also stored here (you can just glimpse one of them behind Polly).

On the visible side is a ribbon board the girls and I made with Prince Charming's mother. They display cards, pictures and drawings here. Prince Charming simply put screws into the side of the shelf and hung the board that way. It's made of foam core so it isn't very heavy.

The beauty of this system is things are stored where the girls need them. Their socks are stored in the white wicker baskets. The board books are stored very low so that Tigger can get them. The picture books are a bit higher so that Polly can get them and put them away. (That's very important!) Chapter books are stored on the higher shelves where I can get them when we want them.

Since this was a store fixture it's very heavy. My girls are not climbers but if they were I'd probably secure the shelf to the wall. We don't store anything heavy on top. At the top we put a few stuffed animals but nothing else. This shelf was much less expensive than some shelves I've seen for sale and it's heavier (which made it kind of a trick to get home!). It works for me! Check out lots of great tips as Rocks in my Dryer, hosted by Shannon.

2 comments:

Ribbon Rock Star said...

Great tips! Thanks for sharing.

Linda

Overwhelmed! said...

Great idea! I wonder if any stores around here are sellilng their Since store fixtures.

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