Please tell me I’m not the only mother who panicked at the state of the toys and playroom after Christmas?! Something had to be done…
We work pretty hard around here to keep the toys down to a reasonable amount, but it’s amazing how quickly they can get out of hand. I’ve used some dollar store buckets in the past to corral some things, but they all broke fairly quickly. This time, we needed something sturdier.
We also needed something that used the space efficiently. I made over this armoire last summer to provide a better view from the living room (since our playroom is actually a sunroom separated by french doors), and I still love it. And, if you’re really observant, you’ll notice that I finally painted the playroom… I’m working on a clean slate this year, folks. Plus, nesting is getting a little out of control.
But I wanted to use every square inch of real estate, and these jute bins from The Container Store proved to be just the right size and shape. The brown ones I already owned; they store the things I don’t want my kids to reach without my help, like markers and play-dough.
The best part are these sturdy (and adorable) rope handles. That and the chalkboard signs, but I’ll have to share the tutorial for those later.
Though I originally loved my dollar-store fix, I think these will last much longer. And, honestly, I would use them anywhere in the house – I think they’re great.
Come back soon for the chalkboard label tutorial.