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I Am A Child of God

I haven’t posted here in a while, I have been enjoying summer with my kids!  You will begin to see some changes around here over the coming months, and I’ll share more on that soon.  But today I have a post that really isn’t meant to help you get more organized.  It is something on my heart, as a result of several things from this week.  I hope this encourages you, or at least makes you think…

 

If you have spent much time in church, I’m guessing you’ve heard that “You are a Child of God”.  I have heard that phrase many times in my life, and I always found it comforting.  But yesterday during worship we sang a song, and I had a new picture of what this really means, especially to us as mothers and wives.

 

You know how you love your child beyond measure, no matter what they do that frustrates, angers or saddens you?  You know how your child can have you fire mad one minute and in awe and adoration the next?  You know how you believe in your child and their talents, regardless of whom else does or doesn’t see them?  You know how you just can’t see other people’s kids like you see your own, no matter how cute or talented they are?

 

That is how God sees us.  We are HIS children.  Not just children, HIS children.  I regularly meet with moms and wives that share their frustrations and feelings of not measuring up, not knowing how to do this wife and mom thing.

 

Most women of our generation were not raised by mothers that stayed home teaching us to cook homemade meals, wash and iron clothes efficiently, or clean and maintain our homes.  We have this idea in our head of how it should all go, what our homes should look like and all the things we should be able to do.  I see our generation feeling inadequate, lost and frustrated, unable to enjoy the fruits of their labor as they care for homes, kids and husbands.

 

Yet, I talk with those same women and hear their amazing hearts for their families.  Their heart to care for their homes, bless their husbands and raise up children that are a blessing to all of us.  Most importantly, women that demonstrate their love for their families on a daily basis.

 

I am an organized housewife.  I was raised in a home with a mother that was trained and talented at all her tasks.  She taught me to cook homemade meals… bake bread, make homemade mac n’ cheese, fried chicken, biscuits, enchiladas, lasagna… we ate good!  I learned to launder clothes with care and iron a dress shirt the right way.  She knew how to work hard to care for her home, and demonstrated that to me on a regular basis.  Yet, I regularly feel like I’ll never get it all done.  I mop my floor to have it sticky an hour later (unless I make the kids eat outside like I did this weekend!).  I get frustrated that I can’t keep our home in order, coach soccer, play on the floor with my kids, volunteer at school, help them with their homework and have energy for my marriage in the evening.  But, I am confident in who I am in in Christ and that I am a child of God.  I do not let Satan wrap my mind in self-doubt, crippling me to get up and do what God has called me to.

 

So many women want me to help them organize their homes, believing it will transform their lives.  Many organizational professionals sell their services on the basis of the life transformation it will bring.  Yes, organization can change the way you and your family live in and enjoy your home.  But the thing that truly transforms your life is this…

 

Knowing and believing in your heart that YOU are a Child of God!  Knowing that he loves you in that way you love your children.  That no matter how many things we do to frustrate, anger or sadden Him, God forgives us and looks down on us with complete love and adoration.  God sees us like no one else, He knows our heart for our family and desire to love and serve them.  He does not see our failures and mess-ups, he sees our talents and abilities and believes in us.  He wants to help and guide us to be our best.

 

We are His children.  Stop wasting efforts and time worrying about what friend or family member, teacher or church member knows your intentions, your heart for your family – God does.  Be confident in how you love and serve your family, knowing that God is not counting the things you did not do, He sees all you have done and is looking down with love and adoration.

Garage Sales and Other Options

A regular debate this time of year is, “should I have a garage sale, or will it be a waste of my time?”.  I have had that debate with myself, and others, many times!  I can’t give you an easy “yes”, or an easy “no”.  However, I can give you some insight into a variety of ways to purge the clutter of unwanted kid stuff.   I will be focusing on kids clothes and baby gear, but many of the concepts apply to household items and adult clothing as well.

 

Start by considering all your options.  There are a lot of places to sell or take unwanted items.  It is also helpful to consider your financial goals.  If two days of sitting in your garage is worth a few hundred dollars to you, then garage sales are great.  If you’ll be missing lots of family activities over those two days or haven’t had two days at home to do anything in the last year, a few hundred dollars probably isn’t worth it!

 

There are some products that sell really well at garage sales – like baby gear.  And other things that don’t do so well – like adult clothes.  Personally, I found that a year or two of garage sales after our last child was out of the infant and toddler stages was very profitable.  However, our stuff was clean, in good condition, and I still had almost all of my manuals.  I combined the larger baby gear items with baby and child sized clothes, miscellaneous housewares, toys… and we made plenty of money to have made it worth my time.  Over the next couple of years I did garage sales, and made less and less money each year.  I finally decided I wouldn’t be having any more garage sales!

 

You can find a million posts online about setting up for a garage sale, so I’ll keep my suggestions here brief.  I recommend making your sale organized. I know you were all shocked by that suggestion!  Seriously though, having like items grouped together, clothes folded nicely or hung, and everything clearly marked will attracted garage sale goers that will pay you what your stuff is worth.  Now that is a tough question, what is it worth?  I’ll get to that later in this post.

 

Craigslist

Another option we have all heard about is Craigslist.  Despite all of the crazy stories you hear, I still use Craigslist and have very good experiences with it.  Here are some guidelines I go by to make Craigslist successful…

 

-Don’t bother with Craigslist for something worth less than $20  (the only exception to this is large items that would cost money or just be a pain to get rid of)

-If you want to sell kid clothes, create bags of clothes divided by size and season.  It is much more efficient to wait for one buyer to give you $100 for an entire wardrobe of 3T clothes, than sell 20 outfits for $5 each to 20 different people!

-Don’t list your exact location

-Don’t allow people into your home, sell items from your garage during a busy time of the day or meet at a public place

-Don’t give out your address via email – email is VERY anonymous, only text your address to a cell phone, or give it out over the phone.  A phone is easier to track and removes some of the anonymity

 

I provide as much information in a Craigslist ad as I can, and always include a photo or two.  I make sure that I provide accurate information about the condition of the item and how it functions.  I want people to be interested, but I don’t want to oversell my item and end up meeting buyers that aren’t interested when they actually come pick it up and see its flaws.  I also make sure to include brand names – people often search by brand, and not just item description.

 

Community Facebook sites are also popular these days.  I will just say that I tried them a couple of times and found the rules and procedures to not be worth my time.  However, I do know others that are huge fans!

 

Consignment Stores

Consignment stores are another option that yield a cash profit, but require much less time commitment.  There are several consignment stores just in the Des Moines area, and almost every town has one these days.  However, all consignment stores are not created equal!  You have to again decide what format works best for you.  Here is a brief summary of the consignment stores I know of for kid & baby gear in Des Moines.

 

Once Upon a Child

This consignment store is my favorite, but I have a personal bias.  I have a great working relationship with the owner, that allows me to assist my clients.  However, I approached Once Upon A Child about working with them on behalf of my clients because it was my favorite option and where I had been taking my stuff for years.  I like Once Upon A Child because you take in your clothes, they sort them while you wait, they offer you a dollar amount that you can accept or reject and then they return any items they are not buying from you.  You can then take your remaining items to Goodwill for a tax deduction.  One thing to note is that they ask that you only bring in 2 bins of clothes at a time, but you can bring as many other toys and baby items as you would like.

 

Mommy & Me to Be

This store has a very different procedure, and give you two options of how to sell clothes.  They will go through your clothes and give you cash for the items they want to buy from you, or you can bring them a bin of clothes to sell on their floor as a “vendor”.  They put your items on the floor and pay you a percentage of money for each item that sells.  After a specified period of time you return to the store to pick up your items that did not sell, and you only get paid for what actually sells.  You will make more money per item on the second option, but only get paid for what they sell so I’m not sure it is ultimately more profitable.

 

Kidding Around

Kidding Around buys your bins of clothes outright, much like Once Upon a Child.  However, a major difference with this store is that they ask you to leave your items for a day or so, and then they offer you a dollar amount for everything.  If you accept their offer, they pay you outright and keep everything you brought them.  They then take everything they chose not to sell in their store to a charitable organization, and you do not get a tax deduction for the donation.

 

Growing Again

This store is located in Waukee and is the newest to the scene in the Des Moines area.  I have only utilized this store a couple of times, but have heard really good things through friends and Facebook.  This store buys your items outright and returns what they don’t buy, just like Once Upon a Child. The main difference with this store is that they will typically ask you to leave items for a day or two and return to pick them up.  They will pay you for what they want and return everything else.  Again, you can then donate the rest for a tax deduction.

 

Consignment 411

There are a few things that all consignment stores have in common.  They will not take clothing items that have holes or stains.  They are very particular about infant clothes, because they get SO much of it.  They will accept seasonal items at all times of the year.  Yes, even Halloween costumes!  And, clothing for boys is in highest demand.  Last, know that most consignment stores will not take clothes more than 5 years old, and you will get more money for newer items.

 

Charitable Organizations

Your last option for what to do with you kids clothes and baby gear, is to just take it to a charitable organization and get the tax deduction.  I know some people are very overwhelmed by the tax deduction portion of a donation because they have to calculate how much to deduct.  Don’t skip this step! Or be intimidated by it!  You will be shocked by how quickly donations add up, and how it affects your tax return in a real way!  We’ll talk about assigning a dollar value in a minute.  But first, there are a lot of charitable organizations and here is my take on a few…

 

Goodwill

I take most of my donations to Goodwill, and I know a lot of people will really be bothered by that.  Many argue that Goodwill is not truly a charitable organization, but that it is a for-profit company that preys off of the disadvantaged and takes advantage of their status as a charitable organization.  I can’t say I have a strong opinion on all of this, but I do know they create jobs in our community which I think is great.  But, ultimately I don’t view my donations to Goodwill as an act of charity, I view it as a business that allows me to get a tax write-off for my junk that no one else would want.  I don’t donate to Goodwill because my donations may help others in need, thus I don’t mind if someone that makes $200,000 a year also buys that junk.

 

Lutheran Church of Hope Ministries

If I have household items in good condition, or other nice clothing that I want to donate I like the LCOH ministries.  They have donation bins outside every other Thursday to collect clothes.  You can also call the front office if you would like to donate to the housing ministry.  (They will take furniture, bedding, pots & pans, and any other necessities for a home)  This ministry will give you a receipt for your donation and they are using your donation for an awesome purpose, to love others and help them have a glimpse of what Christ has done for us and how he loves us.

 

There are a ton of other great ministries that accept donations for the good of serving others.  I have taken items to Child and Family Services in Valley Junction, there is the Salvation Army and so many more.  I hope to get up a page of donation opportunities on my website but there is no shortage of places, or those in need.

 

Money Talk

Now for the economic aspect of the equation.  For some it isn’t so much about the time, the charity, the hassle… it’s about the money!  Which one will get you the most money?  Well, an important first thing to understand is how much your used items are worth.  Start by understanding the resale value for your items.  This is the value that they are worth now that you have owned and used them. (Or not used them in the case of many baby items, right!)   The general rule of thumb is that clothing items are worth about 20% of retail, and larger items are worth more like 35-50% depending on the item and brand.  Here is a great comprehensive list of resale prices for baby and kid items.  I find this list very helpful regardless of the decision to garage sale, consign or donate.

 

http://www.monkeyinthemiddleconsignmentevent.com/pricingguide

 

Notice that on this chart brand names make a big difference in how much things are worth.

 

If you chose to donate your items, then the value you can assign to them is similar to the value on this chart.  Goodwill also has a resource on their website that helps you set a value for goods.

 

http://www.goodwill.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/Donation_Valuation_Guide.pdf

 

I don’t add up each individual item, but I think about what is going into a bag as I gather things up and then estimate a value.  This has become very easy for me to do, and it honestly depends on how much of a rule-follower you are!  Some people can throw out a number and not worry about how precise it is, others need to have a per item list to justify that they aren’t breaking the rules or cheating the system!  I say, let it go a little and try to be as honest as you can without cheating yourself either!  For the first few times you pack up a bag count the number of items you put in the bag, then estimate how many items were pants, shirts, dresses, etc.  With that knowledge (and considering brand and condition of items) estimate the value of the bag as a whole.  After a few times doing this, you will get a sense of how much an average bag of items from your house is worth.

 

If you decide to do a garage sale, this chart is a great place to start as well.  Many people don’t want to price things too high for a garage sale, because everyone knows garage sale goers are looking for a deal.  However, this is my theory…  if I give everything away for really cheap at my garage sale, I don’t make any more money than selling less for a higher dollar value and I have nothing left to donate.  I’d rather sell what I can for a fair price, and then take the rest to consignment or Goodwill for extra cash or a tax deduction.

 

Last, what will you get at consignment?  I can’t say I have the inside scoop on this, but there are some important points to consider.  Remember that chart above, well that it is what you can expect them to sell your items for in their store.  So, they have to give you a much smaller amount so they can cover their expenses and still make a profit for their business.  You will notice a significant difference between what they give you and what you would make selling it yourself, but remember they are doing all the work and have to make a profit too.

 

The money summary is this…  Donating items (especially if you just unload your car at Goodwill) is the most efficient way of getting rid of things and still yields a good profit on your tax return.  (for most, there is some dependence here on your financial situation)  Garage sales and consignment stores are great because you walk away with cash you can spend right away – especially if you have plans for a new patio set, some landscaping, a porch swing, or other fun seasonal purchases!  Garage sales will yield the largest profit, but also require the most work and time commitment.  I would expect to make about 20-30% of retail on average for the items you sell, knowing not everything will sell.  Consignment will yield closer to 10% of retail value for items in good condition, but is a really easy way of getting cash in your hand.

 

I know all of this information may have your head spinning!  However, the most important thing is to think through your priorities (clearing clutter, saving time, making money, helping others) and then make a decision that best fits your priorities.  Also, know that if you do a garage sale and it is a flop, you can still take things to consignment and donation sites.  If you try a consignment store and don’t love it, try a different one next time!  I hope this post at least helps you sort through why you would chose each option!

Helping my Hubby

My husband definitely loves me…we had the perfect date night two Sundays ago. He took me to our favorite sushi spot, talked through some things for OH!, and then we went home and organized his side of our closet. Does he know me or what!?!

 

Jason had actually requested that I help him with his side of our closet a week or so before. There were unopened Christmas gifts and piles of varying levels of dirty clothes on the floor, along with books and other items he used to store in an armoire in our bedroom. We moved that armoire out when we got our new tv at Christmas. (You may remember my Facebook post about patching holes and painting in January). It was getting unruly in there, even by Jason’s standards! 🙂

 

 

 

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I try to let Jason’s side of the closet go for the most part – it is his home too. However there are times when he knows he needs some help from his “Organized Housewife”! 🙂   Piles had been accumulating since Christmas and it was migrating to my side, making it hard for him to get to his clothes and impossible to use our full length mirror. There were also more than a few items on the shelves that neither of us wanted him to ever wear in public again!

 

It is a little more difficult to organize with my husband than a client. I tread a little more lightly with him and try to let him “begin” the process. He started sorting t-shirts and did an awesome job of letting go of quite a few that he knew he’d never wear again. But how could I pause his sorting and purging!?! We pulled items from all of the shelves and bins of clothing, making a large pile of laundry, and an even larger pile for Goodwill!

 

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We continued by sorting through items on the floor, taking those Christmas gifts out of their boxes and all!!!

 

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By the time all of the sorting and purging was done, Jason was pretty done himself! It can be fun for most of us to look through what we have, uncover treasures, and create space by purging. However, it is the remaining piles that can feel daunting! This is where I frequently take over for clients, and could tell I needed to do the same for My Love. He had put in about an hour and a half of work and there were still major piles consuming our closet!

 

 

We had a pile to relocate to the basement bookshelf, and garage sports storage….

 

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A large pile needed to be bagged and delivered to Goodwill…

 

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And don’t forget that tower of laundry in the back!

 

 

We called it quits for the night, knowing I could wrap things up the next day. I spent about 30 minutes the next day hauling things to their new “home”, dusting, vacuuming, and taking care of a few “readjustment” details. By the time Jason got home the closet was nice and orderly!

 

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And, the piles were gone…

 

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I have to be real here and note that there were still some massive piles of laundry in our bedroom that took two days to complete! I can’t really blame that all on the closet condition though – I had been procrastinating routine laundry duties for well over a week!

 

 

You can see that our closet is clean, organized and super functional. But notice… our closet is not color coded, filled with super cute storage pieces, or even “styled” at all. No one’s house is perfect if they truly live in it… for me, this is the right balance of function, order and aesthetics considering time and budget constraints. My side has a pretty jewelry display, a couple sentimental items and a card from my hubby that make it “me”, but it is all far from “cover photo ready”!

 

 

A Hard-Working Hall Closet

If you’ve been following my blog very long you know that we take at least a couple of trips to Colorado every year.  Although I love the time to catch up with my family and enjoy all of God’s beauty in Colorado, the drive with three kids is never the highlight.

 

A friend of mine gave me a tip years ago to make a little box of art type activities to keep my kids busy.  (This was when I was about to embark on the 10 hour drive by myself with 3 kids – a 3 month old, a newly potty trained 2 year old and a 5 year old – pretty sure her advice should have been to stay home!)

 

When my kids were younger I would go to the dollar bin at Target, Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics and get them a handful of cheap activities to keep them busy.  For less than $20 total I could put together a shoebox sized kit of a few new and old activities for each of them.  They seemed to love the surprises they would find in their boxes and couldn’t wait to check out what was inside – I never showed them what new items I bought until we were on the road.

 

Now that my kids have gotten older I still pack a bag of art supplies and activities for them, although I don’t get much from the dollar bin and they help pack the bags.  The collection of easily accessible activities continues to be really helpful – especially when I drive by myself and there is no adult in the car to help them.

 

These small bags are a huge help on the road… giving them constructive activities to do, contained in a bag within their reach, and I know exactly what is in them to suggest ideas of what to do when they tell me they are bored.  The drawback to these awesome little bags is that by the time we get home my kids have rummaged through them for over 20 hours – after the roundtrip drive – which means the contents are generally in complete chaos!  This Christmas was no exception, and adding to the mayhem was an abundance of Christmas gifts that we HAD to keep accessible in the car.

 

This Post from last fall outlined how I go about unpacking from a trip.  I used a similar process for Christmas this year, but knew I also needed to purge and re-order some things as we unpacked.  I started with the main living areas, moved to the kids’ rooms and finished with my office and closets.  Well, I say I finished, but the basement storage area is less than tidy…  I’ll get there!  So, instead of just unpacking the kids’ activity bags and putting things away I decided to clean out our hall closet… which had become a disaster, overrun with too many games, puzzles, art supplies and miscellaneous things stashed in a hurry.  (Yes, this happens in my house too – it makes me a little crazy, but it happens!)

 

I started clearing the closet to sort ALL of the contents (my first step in any overhaul type project).  Of course, I got up one morning, had my coffee and started my project on turbo speed without remembering a “before” photo… sorry!  This seems to happen to me all the time…  I am so excited to finally have time to conquer a trouble spot in our home that I’m 20 minutes into the project before it occurs to me that you all might want to see my disaster!  I know some of you just like seeing the proof that disasters exist in my house  🙂  but I also know seeing before photos is motivating…  encouraging you all that your chaos can get controlled too!

 

Anyway, here is the partially cleared closet…

 

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And here is my office with the contents of the closet and the activity bags all spread out.  Umm, I’m the what…?  The totally UNOrganized housewife!  …it always gets a lot worse before it gets better!

 

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My first step was to haul out all of the art supplies and sit in the middle of the floor and sort.  You can see where I sat in the middle of the floor with a trash bag, and our storage pieces for art supplies.  Well, you might be able to tell where I was sitting – in that small area of carpet you can see kinda in the middle…

 

 

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I made initial piles of items to toss, keep in the hall closet, take to the downstairs play area, or stash for another road trip.  I like to keep a few things just for road trips, because we are in the car enough I need something “new” to keep the kids entertained.

 

My favorite storage pieces for kids’ art supplies are these Snapware containers.  I love them because they stack, clip together and have a handle to easily transport them.  They also come with various sized compartments that allow for efficient storage of everything from markers, crayons, scissors, glue, and stickers to construction paper, coloring books and activity books.

 

 

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These are Snapware brand containers, which I use when I can.  I have tried using other brands, but find the side latches can be too difficult for kids to open and close.  Target does have a different brand that seems to work fine, but I would suggest either finding the Snapware brand pictured above, (I usually get them at Michaels or JoAnn Fabrics) or be sure to test the side latches before buying a different brand.

 

Side Note:  Many of you most likely know this, but craft storage at both Michaels and JoAnn’s goes on sale regularly.  I only buy their craft storage items when they are on sale or with a 40% off coupon. You can call or look at their online ads to see if craft storage is on sale before heading to the store.

 

Back to organizing my closet…

 

Once I did a quick sort of supplies, I began arranging things in our Snapware containers.  The small stack is used to hold markers on the bottom and crayons on the top.

 

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I used a larger Snapware set for paint supplies on the bottom, and miscellaneous art project materials on the top.

 

 

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Both of these sets of containers went to the basement, to encourage the messier crafts to take place away from our main living spaces.  It is not uncommon for me to get up in the morning and find my kids sprawled out on the living room floor with a variety of art projects underway.  I would prefer not to wake up to a major paint project first thing in the morning!

 

 

I have a second larger set of stackable containers for our everyday craft paper, stickers, coloring books & other activity books.  This set of art supplies will remain on the main floor in the coat closet.

 

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I also have a couple magazine files for some “special” books and paper in the coat closet.  I love the very economical and durable clear acrylic ones from Target.  One magazine file stores some “Learn to Draw” books and other special things that belong to my daughter, and could feasibly be destroyed by her little brother.  I also have one magazine file for some quick access academic workbooks and another for extra school supplies (spiral notebooks, handwriting paper, and pocket folders).

 

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I know I sound a bit like a broken record to those of you that have been around a while, but boundaries are important!  I like that these stackable containers and magazine files give us ample space to store supplies to help my kids be creative, but also limit how much they can have access to at any given time.

 

If they have accumulated extra from gifts, or road trip boxes I have a tote in our basement where I can store extra paper, coloring books, markers, etc… When kids have access to 20 coloring books they will color half of the pages in each.  Then, they want to color in the newest books and you feel guilty throwing the old ones away – they still have half their pages empty, right!  Limit the number they have access to and periodically go through and throw away well used ones and pull out some new ones.

 

If kids have access to too much at any one time, it can be overwhelming and has a tendency to become a ginormous mess!  But, that doesn’t mean I want to toss perfectly good art supplies. My storage tote in the basement storage room is where I store “extras”,  and is also where I store those items that I want to save for road trips.

 

To tidy up our coat closet, I basically just needed to purge and sort.  For most of us we have a lot of excess, because our homes can handle it.  Just because your closet has room for 35 games, doesn’t mean your family actually plays all of them.  The more stuff we have the harder it is to keep what we really use in good condition and in a convenient location.  I definitely needed to get rid of some games we NEVER play, and relocate some to the basement to keep the stacks from being so overwhelming.

 

We now have a closet with a well designated location and ample room for each category of items it contains.

 

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Here is what this hard-working closet contains…

 

 

-The top shelf holds games, and there is one higher shelf (not pictured) that has a few more games our kids aren’t old enough to play yet.

-The next shelf is for school related items.  Magazine files hold extra supplies and workbooks, and there is still room for a stack of 12×12 scrapbook cases to store school papers to save.  (SEE POST)

-The middle shelf holds art supplies for the kids… paper, coloring books, stickers, and a small caddy of makers, colored pencils, scissors, etc.

-The bottom shelf is full of puzzles – which are pretty popular with our youngest two!

 

You can see that there is still plenty empty space to fill this closet with more toys and art supplies, but then again we really don’t need any more than what is in there right now!  I’m big on purging and boundaries so that what we have is manageable and easy to take care of.  I wouldn’t say this closet is cute, but it makes me happy to know there is order behind that closed door.  I know what is in there, and everyone can easily find what they want.  I won’t even cringe if company wants to hang their coat in our coat closet!

 

Jase’s Headboard

Many of you know that this post is long-past-due!  I made a headboard for Jase over a year ago, for his big-boy room.   I posted about his “old-made-new with Annie Sloan paint” dresser, and his Navy blue wall stripes. I left out a post on his new headboard, as my old computer hard drive crashed and I was hoping that I would be able to recover my photos at some point.  All hope is lost that I will ever get those photos back!  I’m really sad about the photos that will be missing from our family photo albums.  I am way less, but still bummed that this post will be lacking some good “how to” photos.  But, I still think the finished project is worth a little attention!

 

As many of you know by now, I don’t like to spend a lot of money on making our kids’ rooms cute – but I don’t believe that means they need to lack style!  My husband is a long-time Chicago Bears fan, and has great stories of growing up watching the Bears with his dad.  He also has a story about him and his friends doing the Super Bowl Shuffle at school – something I really wish I could have witnessed!  I digress…

 

With the Chicago Bears history and all of his great memorablia I decided that a Bears room would be great for our youngest son.  Our oldest has a Cubs room – another of Jason’s favorite teams; and I am from Colorado so an orange and blue football themed room could also be considered a nod to my home state! –  I keep that on the down-low though.  🙂

 

With the strong blue and orange colors I had used for Jase’s walls and bedding I wanted to tie the more neutral gray tone back into the color scheme with his headboard.  I found a great chevron fabric on a girl’s weekend trip to Dallas and was super excited to get to work on the headboard.

 

I did however, as always, search the internet for some inspiration photos.  Addison also has an upholstered headboard in a pretty pink and purple striped fabric that I love.  I really wanted to do something with Jase’s headboard that would make it unique and a little more masculine.

 

I found some great photos of  headboards in boys’ rooms with nail head trim to accomplish both of those goals!

 

Blue and orange boys' room.

 

 

Orange and blue (yes!) kiddie room: for the boys

 

 

I decided nail head trim was exactly what I needed.  I love the metallic detail that it adds, as well as the tufting effect it gives the fabric and batting.

 

 

 

Now, this is where my loss of photos makes me sad…  I can’t show you all of the steps I went through to create the headboard.  However, I do have the link to a great post from The Chronicles of Home.  This is the post I used to make Jase’s headboard.  She does a great job of walking you through each step and giving important pointers.

 

Since I lost my “process of DIY” photos, I’ll do the big reveal now!  🙂

 

 

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I’m totally happy with the result!

 

Here is a photo from The Chronicles of Home that demonstrates the key step in making this headboard different from most DIY upholstered headboards.  I created a frame with 1×4’s, plywood and high density foam.

 

 

The plywood face is the size of the entire headboard.  I then screwed 1×4 legs to each side of the plywood, and a horizontal piece across the top.  (as pictured above)  The green in the photo then shows the batting that is attached inside the 1×4 frame.  This allows the batting to be slightly taller than the wood frame, and as you will see adds an important opportunity for detail.

 

Once the entire headboard was wrapped in a layer of batting and fabric, I added nail head trim around the very edge of the frame – just outside of the foam middle.  Here you can see the nail head trim, and the way the foam middle pops out a bit – I love those little details!

 

 

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The nail head trim added some metallic, and the “structured frame” around the soft middle gives the overall headboard a more masculine look, while maintaining it’s comfy side for my little man.

 

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I also wrapped the legs of the frame in batting and fabric, so that the legs don’t have to be hidden.

 

 

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I was really happy with the navy stripes and overall look of his room before I finished his headboard.  However, the headboard seems to finish the space.  I love that the headboard looks classy, masculine and not at all like the cheap DIY project is was!

 

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I also bought a couple of different denim fabrics to make him a decorative euro throw pillow.

 

 

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Here is the before and after of the headboard…  not super dramatic, but nonetheless a great finishing touch!

 

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Overall, I’m really happy with my little guys blue and orange room.  I really wanted to create a room around the Chicago Bears, without sacrificing style.  I would call it a success!

 

 

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I have also added a few other finishing touches…  the vintage suitcases (above)…  and this rustic framed old-school Chicago Bears poster.  I think Jason likes that there is a little reminder in the room that the Bears have one a Super Bowl victory in his lifetime – even if it was a long time ago!

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Again, for detailed instructions on creating a headboard for your home, check out this great tutorial in a post from The Chronicles of Home.