I’m thrilled that my 11-year-old daughter wants her room to be “all grown up”! I confess, I’m excited partly because that room doubles as a guest room, and partly because I’ve been looking forward to decorating a growing girl’s room. So when we started looking for ways to store her toys, I just about died of happiness when she said to me, “mom, I’d like my things to be stored in a way that is easily accessible, out-of-sight, and organized”. Aaahhh, every decorating mom’s dream! Eyes bright with pride I probably gave her what must have been 20 hugs, “Kiddo, I think I have just the solution you are looking for”.
Most of you know that every couple months I partner with Better Homes and Gardens to share some of my favorite products from their Live Better line at Walmart. Well this month I’m not only sharing one of MY favorites, but my daughters new favorite! The BHG Linen Storage Ottoman!!
[right][pullquote width=”250″ float=”left”]This ottoman…makes for what has to be the most attractive storage for kid stuff in the world. But I have a huge crush on furniture that does double duty, so I might be biased.[/pullquote][/right]
This ottoman meets all her criteria and makes for what has to be the most attractive storage for kid stuff in the world. But I have a huge crush on furniture that does double duty, so I might be biased. 🙂
The ottoman was so much roomier than either of us expected, and it turns out (after having donated a bunch of her “little kid” toys last month, she is going to need more “big kid” toys things to fill it with. In the meantime, we had a good time pretending her things could put themselves away. Hey, you never know what all the toys do when you’re not in the room. Haven’t you seen Toy Story?
Now, whenever we have guests, rather than do the “switcharoo dance” (which typically consists of me spending the entire day making the space more “grown up”), her toys are already stored away, and she can move the few extra stragglers into the ottoman. If you ask her, she especially loves it because “when little kids come over, they don’t think to look in the ottoman, so they don’t get into my stuff and destroy them”. I call it a win-win.
I have a small confession to make…one I’m not proud of. When the ottoman first arrived, I loved it so much I almost didn’t want to give it up! I kept it in my room for 3 days thinking how great it would be, and how perfect to store comforters (my daughter was spending the week with her Grandmother at the time). But always a selfless mama first, I eventually moved it into her room before she got back from Grandma’s. I’m thinking I might need to get myself one in grey. What do you think?
I’d love to know, what tricks do you employ to help your kids store their toys? Leave me a comment, or upload and tag a photo of your clever toy storage solutions here on Facebook.
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