How? What do you use? I'm desperately looking for ideas here! Pics, pins, anything, just to give me hope!
Our house isn't particularly small, but we're just drowning in STUFF. There's not a home for it all, we just don't have space for all of it. I can't get mad at the kids for not cleaning their rooms when there's not a place to put all the stuff! And yes, a major decluttering is underway, I know that's the first step.
DD1 (6) and DD2 (4) share a room. DD1 has a demi-loft bed that is about waist high, it has a set of 3 drawers underneath it that she uses for her clothing (pants, jammies, panties & socks) and some storage space at the end. DD2 has definitely outgrown her toddler bed and we're saving to get a set of bunk beds for that wall (not getting rid of DD1's bed, just in addition to it). I don't know if #5 is a girl or not, but either way there will be a set of bunks (looking for some with drawer storage underneath) in each room. It is a tiny room but the closet is bigger than in the other kids' room. There is room for perhaps a tall skinny shelf at the end of DD1's bed, but there won't be room for much if anything between the beds. That just leaves the closet for storage. I need to go through and donate any excess clothing, the laundry is everywhere and the closet just pukes out clothes. And the stuffed animals - I swear they breed in there overnight! I have no idea how to store them.
DS1 (8) and DS2 (2) share a room. DS1 has a demi-loft bed like DD1 and DS2 is in a toddler bed for now. Down the road there will be a set of bunk beds in there in place of the toddler bed, but DS1's bed will remain. There's a toy box in there too, one that was mine as a child, but it's not practical. It gets filled with crap and then the lid doesn't close all the way and more stuff gets piled on top of it. DS1 loves Legos. Enough said, everyone knows how they breed and overtake the house. DS1 also needs some sort of storage or something that DS2 can't get into, DS2 is pure havoc.
So, the tl:dr version: Stuffed animal storage? Storage/shelves/ideas for older kids that the little kids can't get into? Ideas on how to keep the grandparent guilt ("I haven't seen you in forever and don't remember to call, so let me send some random item) gifts (x4 kids) down to a minimum?