Well my friends, Week Four has officially come and gone in what feels like the blink of an eye. In fact, I might just be starting to freak out with everything left on our list. Maybe. But just a little, because, despite hitting panic mode this week, I’m still incredibly excited to see how this all comes together.
Having just bought a new (to us) home, we have an entire house worth of rooms just begging for a makeover, but we chose to start by making a special Big Boy Bedroom for our not-so-little guy. In Week One, I shared our plans to create a rustic, cabin themed space. Week Two was all about progress. Then came Week Three, which brought with it the flu and almost no progress at all. I’m happy to say that Week Four saw a bit of progress, though emphasis there would be on the “bit” part. We went away for the weekend, which was an absolute blast, but took up a
big chunk all of our time to get things done. For the record it was TOTALLY worth it! Despite our long weekend of no work and all play, we did manage to get a few things done:
Not only did I get this little bench painted up with my fave Rustic Charm chalk paint from Country Chic (totally forgot a before pic of this one, but trust me, it wasn’t pretty!)…
Unfortunately, the paint is still drying, so for now you’ll have to settle for this Insta sneak peek.
But, more importantly, I tackled this disaster…
Overwhelming? You bet! Embarrassing? Absolutely! Functional? Not even a little.
I mean seriously – we use this closet (if you can even call it that) every single day and I’m pretty sure I can’t think of a worse way to start our day than digging through this mess just to get Carson dressed.
But, you’d be surprised how quickly I was able to turn it into this with just five simple steps!
Whew! It’s like a breath of fresh air, right?! I’m super excited to share these tips with y’all to show you just how easy it was to get it all organized!
One. First thing’s first – clear out the space. That’s right, pull it ALL out. Now you’ve got yourself a fresh place to start! PS. this is a great time to cover it all with a fresh coat of white paint if you really want to create a clean backdrop – or, you know, just get rid of that awful peach paint that’s been on those walls for the last 20+ years!
Two. Keep. Store. Donate. Trash. As you pull everything out, sort it all into piles to keep, store, donate or throw away. Only things that you are currently using should go back into that closet. That means anything that’s too big or too small should either be put into storage, donated or thrown in the garbage.
Now, if you want to get really crazy (and let’s face it, this gal knows how to get crazy about organizing!), you can sort your storage containers by size as well. Carson has storage bins like these that I’ve sorted by size and of course, clearly labelled. As he grows out of something, I either toss it into the correct bin, or if it’s in really rough shape (like every single white shirt he’s ever owned let’s say), I just throw it into the trash. If it’s not really something I loved, often I’ll donate it to someone else that might appreciate it more and save the storage space for the things I really want to keep. In just three short years, I’ve managed to collect an entire wall of bins in our storage room, which makes me feel like a bit of a hoarder, but I keep telling myself it’s okay because at least they’re all organized.
I do keep a bin for clothes that are too big in the top of his closet, so that I can keep track of all of those fab sale finds I stocked up on without loosing them in the shuffle of things.
Three. Add shelves because, let’s face it, we could all use another space to put our stuff. In the interest of keeping things simple, we just added in this inexpensive shelf from IKEA right under the rod and shelf that were already there. With a large dresser to store most of our little guy’s clothes, we were able to tuck away a few extra things on our these new shelves, but if you’ve got limited space to work with in your room, adding some shelves to the closet could help free up some of that space by taking away your need for a dresser.
Side note: I couldn’t help but share that this little bear traveled all over Europe with my Brother! He happened to be living in Germany when Carson was born, which made it very hard for them to meet for the first few months of his life, so my crazy thoughtful brother purchased this sweet little bear in France and took photos of him all over Europe in the most famous (and sometimes craziest) places and then made a photo album with them all. SO sweet, right?!
Four. Everything has it’s place. It’s time to put it all back together! First, hang up the clothes that are making their way back into the closet. Then, create some bins to contain everything that won’t be hanging up – you know, all those extras like diapers, wipes, blankets, clothes to grow into, ect. Everything should have a home, be easily accessible and most importantly, easy to find. Keep the everyday items on the lower shelves and save that top shelf for things that you won’t need access to on a daily basis. I organized my top shelf with bins from IKEA, making it easy to pull things down when I need to, not to mention keeping things all organized in one place.
Important note: don’t just throw random crap into each box – that’s a sure fire way to forget about or even loose things! We’ve all heard that saying “out of sight, out of mind”, well it definitely applies here. Be sure to label your boxes and bins, which will not only help you keep everything organized, but will help you to find things when you need them.
There is one seemingly random box here, but it’s filled with all of our most precious mementos from Carson’s life so far. This box lives in the top of Carson’s closet to easily collect all sorts of special treasures and keep them safe to look back on.
Five. Now, maintain it! I’d say this is the most important part because really, what’s the point in creating an organized and functional closet if it’s not going to stay that way? You’ve done the hard part, everything is in it’s place – now it’s time to keep it that way!
With the closet organized and my neurotic organization tendencies at bay once again, I’m feeling ready to tackle a few more projects from our to-do list this week:
– paint walls with Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl
– replace closet doors
– paint doors trim work with Benjamin Moore’s Paper Mache
– replace door and closet hardware
– DIY plank wall
– add light fixture
– blackout blind
– make DIY window valance
– make DIY bedside table
– paint DIY crate table
– make DIY headboard
– find & purchase accessories
– make (or buy) laundry basket
– make artwork
– create reading nook
I hate to point out that this list looks
eerily similar exactly the same as it did last week and, unfortunately, the week before too. With just two weeks to go before the final reveal, I’ve definitely got my work cut out for me! Good thing I LOVE a challenge!
Thank you SO much for checking in! Wishing you SUCH a wonderful day!
Below, you can find links to all of the DIY projects made for this Rustic Boy’s Bedroom as well as a source list. I’ll be sure to update this list as new tutorials are posted: