2.02.2009

Conquering Kid Clutter

First I wanted to thank everyone for their wonderful comments and support of my new Etsy store! I feel like I had a very successful "Grand Opening" thanks to my wonderful readers!!!! I still have to sift through all the comments...so I'll have to post the winner of my giveaway a little later this week.

In the meantime, Wednesday is the Taming Kid Clutter linky party that I am hosting with Pretty Organizer here at the Shabby Nest! In preparation for the party, I wanted to share a few children's rooms that do a great job of incorporating tons of stylish storage.

Here are three FABULOUS designs from Candice Olsen. I *heart* Candice Olsen! Check out these fantastic ideas...
This nursery has a gazillion storage options...I love the little storage "tent" by the bed...something like that would be fairly simple to make with a wire shelf system and fabric. But she didn't stop there...no no no. See the skirted window bench on the right side of the photo...that has storage underneath as well. Then there's the bedside table, the little trunk, the changing table, the small cabinet under the window. Catch my drift? Storage galore!
I have always loved this shared space that Candice did for two little sisters. The bed under the eaves is a built in...and I love the stylish storage she has incorporated underneath...(I also think there is a trundle under that bed although I haven't seen this episode in a while, so I could be wrong...) Again, more storage in the little chest under the window. And the carpet? A great idea for kids...carpet squares. If one gets ruined, just pull it up and replace it...something like that would come in handy at my house.

All rooms by Candice Olsen. Photos from HGTV.

I borrowed an idea directly from this last room. We are lucky enough to have a walk-in closet in my boys' bedroom, and it happens to have built in shelves. I took off the door, replaced it with a curtain, put a kiddo-sized desk inside, and put books and toys on the shelves. VOILA! A secret-hideaway-study-play area. And it still holds clothes too.

Thanks for the great ideas Candice!

I'm guessing that you readers have ideas that are every bit as clever as these. So let's link up here on Wednesday and share...share...share!!! I'm looking forward to seeing what you all come up with!

Have a lovely Monday~

24 comments:

Jenni @ nest to keep said...

I love all of these rooms! They are so bright and cheerful. :) Our girls have a walk-in closet and we did that with theirs, too. (It gives our oldest daughter a hide-out when she needs some space from her little sister!) Thanks for sharing these pictures and ideas! I love your blog! :) Have a good night. :)

Sassysmom said...

Oh my goodness, I have never seen such beautiful rooms. I am adding you to my blog, I think your crafts are wonderful too.

Sandy Toes said...

I love Candice too. However, there is a lot going on in these rooms..bring in a couple of toys and its cROwDed! I love a lot of things about these rooms...but maybe a little less!
-sandy toe

Jenny@ L.O.T.s of Love said...

Candice really is the best! She has such great ideas. I do have the remedy for the "stuff" in kids' rooms...no toys! I only allow minimal toys in the bedrooms because a bedroom is for sleeping...not playing. However, my playroom is a MESS!

duchess said...

Candace's rooms are always beautiful. I love the closet idea.
Can't wait for the party.

coco said...

Candice does great kids rooms...I saw the episode for the first room and I loved it all!

Betsy said...

I too am a lover of all things Candace...cannot wait until your party.

Emily said...

Oh my goodness! Those rooms are so great! The last room was my favorite! So darling!

xoxo, Emily

LuLu & Co. said...

Everything Candice does is just dreamy! Love everyone of those pictures! Can't wait for Wed.
LuLu

C Maisy said...

I just stopped by your etsy page. Super cute stuff...I just may have to order when i have the time.
I am new to your blog and I just love it!!

Darlene said...

Candice is one designer that I would definitely let loose in my home to do whatever she wants. I can't wait to see everyone's solutions to controlling kid clutter. I only have one and her stuff is out of control in our small home!

Shannon said...

I love Candice too and saw each of those shows. I love it when she does kid's rooms.

JudyBug said...

Love all the rooms but I think the second room is my fav. It's just too sweet!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

I could look at Candice Olsen make-overs all day. Thanks for sharing these inspiring ideas!!!

Pretty Organizer said...

You my dear are the creme de la creme of great pics! Getting my post ready... Such a dork. I took the whole weekend off. It think my readers think I fell of the face of the earth! Love ya!

Pretty Organizer

Kimm at Reinvented said...

Candace is my favorite designer, easily the most talented on HGTV. Thanks for sharing the pics, those rooms are to.die.for.

Carrie said...

I love Candice and those rooms are great!

Angie said...

I remember seeing those first two on her show and thought they were fabulous! All three are just beautiful!!!

Blondie's Journal said...

Wendy,

Candice Olsen is a genius!! Love her work. I really love the carpet squares. My daughter is in interior design school and brought some home. Now I see you can create a small accent area with them!

Thanks for sharing!!

xoxo
Jane

The Vintage Rose said...

Thanks for sharing the inspiration. I'm now a follower!

Jill -Forever and Ever House said...

Candice Olsen has such fabulous taste. I love her. I agree with whoever said that they don't allow their kids toys in their bedroom. I do that with my daughter so that it is restful for her. Also, it contains the mess to the playroom!

littlebyrd said...

Great ideas! Much needed around here! I love the feeling of being organized and clutter free.

Ms. Tee said...

Oh, I *heart* Candace Olsen, too! She's my all-time favorite - so amazing. :) These are all gorgeous. COngratulations on your etsy opening!

Lisa said...

I {heart} Candace too! I copied her yellow walls with the black & white toile in my kitchen, and it came out so cute.