My girls are seriously cleanliness handicapped. Salem can't go a day without hiding food and old sippy cups under her bed, and Kaylin's definition of cleaning her room is shoving everything in the closet. When I started the Don't Sweat It project I made a vow to keep things in my house organized and semi-clean. I can vibe with that. It makes me feel good and less chaotic. Inside and out.
I figured the best place to start would be the worst place in the house ..... the kids' room. It's still not finished, but I think I have a pretty good start.
Since Salem is only two I made sure to put all of the toys she was allowed to play with out and within reach. I put all of the toys that require supervision on the top shelf in the closet (crayons, makeup, etc).
My husband and I took an old table and cut it in half. We also sawed off the legs. Then I painted one half pink & green and the other half red & green. We mounted the pink one to the wall in the girls' room. It makes a great custom made desk. We mounted the other half in the kitchen for use as a little breakfast table. I was inspired by an article in Better Homes and Gardens magazine and this project cost around $100 for two custom made desks/tables.
My girls have a ton of stuffed animals ... and they keep rolling in. I bought toy hammocks and chains from Walmart and they work great for keeping them up and out of the toy boxes. They're also decorative. For two sets it cost around $24 and I've downsized from four toy boxes to one! We also have a new rule in our home. Every time the girls get a new toy they have to give an old one to charity.
So there it is. I still have plans to finger paint the walls, hang up numerous posters and cutouts from the Education Outfitters store, and buy some rugs and other things. When I'm completely finished I don't think the girls will ever want to leave!