I'm so frustrated and don't know where to start. My girls share a very small room (11x7) with no closet. They share a queen-sized futon on the floor, but I'm hoping to get them bunk beds in the next month or 2. Storage-wise, there's a small armoire for their hanging clothes and a couple of plastic bookshelves for ... everything else. Two of the shelves hold baskets for underwear, socks, etc. The bottom shelves have books and junk, and the top has just junk. There's no place at all for toys, crafts, etc. in their room.
In the landing area at the top of the stairs (in between the 2 bedrooms) there's an overflowing toy box. Downstairs, there's a trunk for dress-up clothes and a small basket for random toys.
I stole an idea from here for organizing their art supplies: I used a shoe organizer that hangs on the door of the under-stairs closet. There's a basket on the floor in that closet for coloring books, construction paper, etc.
In our living room I try to keep the rest of their books contained on a shelf of our entertainment center, but within minutes of putting them there, they inevitably end up in a huge pile on the floor.
So those are the "designated" areas. What I don't have any kind of accommodations for are the dozens and dozens of drawings, paintings and crafts that the 2 of them churn out on a weekly basis; the little bags of "stuff" that my brother & sil give to them (seashells, pretty rocks, etc.); and the bits of "nature" that they are constantly bringing in ... rocks, leaves, acorns, feathers ...
I know this is long and disjointed ... thanks, if you got this far! So here are the things that I'd love some opinions on:
- Better ideas for clothes storage in their bedroom. I switched to the baskets in hopes that they'd feel more independent and be able to help put clothes away. What actually happened is that my 3 y/o delights in dumping out the contents and using the baskets for carrying her toys around. I actually had to resort to locking the armoire because she would empty the entire thing trying on all the clothes, then leave them in a heap in the middle of the floor (soooo tempting for the stinky dog to nap on!!).
- What to do with all the art projects. DD#1 gets very upset if she suspects that even the tiniest piece of paper that she's drawn on gets tossed and it's driving me batty.
- What to do with all the bits and pieces (shells, rocks, etc.).
- How many books is "enough?" We are a family of readers and pre-kids I believed that you could never have too many books. I'm rethinking that stance.