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A tidy and organised area for school bags, hats and books

This post is sponsored by Stuff Masters I love sharing new and exciting products with you and I am thrilled to share this rather unique unit created by a great Aussie business called Stuff Masters.  The story behind this fab unit is beautiful… Stephen and his wife have 4 kids, Mrs Stuff was searching for […]

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  • Isobel

    What a brilliant idea! Although I don’t know if I’d have them in the hallway-as they aren’t very attractive- maybe in the garage? Extremely practical though-and a lovely story of how they came about though.ReplyCancel

    • I agree Isobel, such a sweet story and he listened to exact what his wife wanted. The garage would be the perfect place, or even in the kids bedrooms to store books and hand school uniforms from too.ReplyCancel

  • meandmyreadymadefamily

    That is such a great idea. I love how you’ve added the charts so it is like a command centre for the kids!ReplyCancel

    • It’s a great little centre, you could also remove the charts and put hooks on the side to hang their school uniforms. So many different possibilities!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly law

    Love this! wish I could get them for in the UK!ReplyCancel

    • They are very unique Kelly, I have not seen them anywhere myself either before StuffMasters contacted me and made me aware of them.ReplyCancel

  • Megan Jamieson

    These would be perfect for my two little boys, shame you can’t get them in NZ.ReplyCancel

    • Such a pity Megan, have you contacted StuffMasters, see if they can help out at all??ReplyCancel

  • Susan Potts

    These are very clever – wish I’d had these when my kids were all little. I would have them in their bedrooms next to their study desks – that way they have access to the books they have to lug to and from school.ReplyCancel

    • Susan, that’s a great idea, we were trying to decide between the front entry or next to the kids beds, we decided front entry to tidily store all the shoes and there was enough space needed.ReplyCancel

  • Cherie

    How perfect! This is exactly what we need.
    p.s. I love your girls school bags, where did you get them? :) ReplyCancel

    • Cherie, I asked them same thing when I was setting up and the reader mentioned she purchased them a few years ago from Dreamworld.ReplyCancel

  • mone

    i want one with a spot for my work bag etc as well as for the kids heheheheReplyCancel

    • that’s a great idea mone, they could be used for so many different things. If I had more room in my garage I would like them for the kids sports gear!ReplyCancel

  • Christy

    I wish my partner would let me get one of these, the front door is a jumbled mess but he doesn’t see the point. Maybe it’s because it would be used to clean his mess more than the kids lolReplyCancel

  • Celeste Thomson

    Great idea – an extra would be a small side cupboard for bats, hockey sticks etc. Gorgeous design love it.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie @ Handmade Kids

    Wow, love this idea- what a great Australian product :) ReplyCancel

Tween Wardrobe Makeover

This post is sponsored by Howards Storage World My beautiful Miss 10 (soon to be 11) is growing so very quickly, she thankfully has her dad’s genes as she is already the same height as me.  I imagine all my kids will tower over me in merely a few years. Last year I reorganised the […]

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  • Marina

    Such a practical makeover :) Love the butterfly earrings holder. We are about to makeover Miss (will be) 8 yr’s room for her birthday next week. I was in a muddle about her wardrobe, but you’ve given me some fabulous ideas :) Thanks :) ReplyCancel

  • Claire

    That looks fantastic – do you know if you can install a similar system without removing the top shelf? We are about to build a house and we’re having those top shelves installed. Thanks so much for your ideas!ReplyCancel

    • Trouble_Kat

      You certainly can, you just buy shorter uprights… also be aware that this post is sponsored – there are other similar options available out there!ReplyCancel

      • Yes you don’t have to remove the top shelf, it just means you have to work around the design with the current shelf in mind.ReplyCancel

    • Hi Claire, you can design the whole thing yourself and make it as high as you need. The team instore can help you with the design, I also got some ideas via the Elfa System Catalogue. There are also so many great add ons which would be suitable for your wardrobe, shoe racks, jewellery storage etc.ReplyCancel

  • Trouble_Kat

    The difference is amazing! I couldn’t afford to change master 4′s cupboard (or mine) yet, so I have put up with the shelving that was already there, and added an extra hanging rod that attaches to the high rod, now his out of season clothes go on the top rod and the in season clothes go on the bottom!
    Can’t wait to afford to do a proper set up in my own cupboard!!ReplyCancel

  • Joni Ibarra

    Our daughters are the same age & I have the same dillemma. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyCancel

    • Hope it helps Joni, my Miss is loving her new space and it’s stayed tidy!!ReplyCancel

  • AlyceB

    What a fabulous new space! I bet you have one very happy tween on your hands!ReplyCancel

  • Jacqui

    Could you give us some idea of how much this system would cost? I’d like to do something similar in my wardrobe!ReplyCancel

    • Karen O'Sullivan

      just from looking at their site I’d allow at least $1000. probably do it much cheaper sourcing items from discount stores etcReplyCancel

  • Anna

    I would be happy if Miss just 9′s wardrobe looked like your before pic! She “cleaned” her room the other day – the room looked amazing, the wardrobe, not so much lol.ReplyCancel

  • Karen O'Sullivan

    Looks great but did the poor girl really need you to share her undies on the internet.ReplyCancel

  • Justine Saidman

    Personally I’m not an Elfa fan. I did, however, buy some awesome drawer organisers from Ikea which have worked wonders in my incredibly untidy twin girls’ drawers! I used them for separating underwear into socks, undies and then a box for pjs and then the girls also have another one for leggings and other bits and pieces. My girls chose their own colours for these organisers which ensures that they know which is their drawer.

    You’re lucky that your daughter is tall! My girls are on the short side so they would never manage to reach a high rail in the cupboard, but I love the way that you have separated things out on different rungs. It makes perfect sense!ReplyCancel

    • Sorting makes it so much easier for them to find things and put them away again when clean, love the sound of your wardrobe, sounds very organised! Yes, my daughter certainly has her fathers gene when it comes to her height, Miss Tween and her twin brother are both the same height as me.ReplyCancel

  • Julia K

    I found SHOES to be a real problem with my girls. I ended up going with the acrylic shoe cubes from Howards. Both my girls have a little alcove in the end of their wardrobes and the shoe cubes fit in neatly. They stack so you can build the shoe cubby tower as tall as you need to accommodate however many shoes they have. They weren’t the cheapest of things to buy, but I considered it an investment in my sanity as I LOATHE seeing shoes lying about. It is SO much easier to keep things organised if everything has a home.ReplyCancel

  • 1ofthzoo

    Wow that is so funny, we just went to Bunnings to do the same thing with our ten year old’s room, so project is underway. a great tip to save on painting if you don’t want to repaint is to use the decals – ebay has some great finds to brighten up the walls. And Jacqui, its not very expensive, depending on how many draws/shelves you put in, you are only looking on average $150.00 to $200.00. Bunnings has some great tips, and even some graph paper to draw a sketch model up to fit your desired layout. Great fun!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    I love the way you have folded the shorts, that way she can see them all without destroying the pile! Going to use this tip for Master 7!!! Out of interest, did you remove the top wire shelf (as pictured in the top 2 pics of new design)? Just wondered what its purpose was? Or is it needed for the structural integrity of the system?ReplyCancel

How to organise your headbands

This is a guest post by reader Melissa P I had been looking for a way to store my daughters headbands when purely by chance while cleaning out my craft supplies and repair basket I discovered that a baby formula tin was the perfect size to hold headbands.  As a bonus the inside of the […]

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  • Roslyn Woodhouse

    What a fantastic idea! Can I use it for a craft group?ReplyCancel

  • Rowena

    Perfect. I am rescuing my last formula tin out of the recycling as I type! Genius! Baby doesn’t have much hair but her 3yr old sister does, and a lot of headbands!ReplyCancel

    • Perfect timing you managed to save a tin, I think this idea is just brilliant!!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    I love this too! This is the best idea I’ve seen that will work for my daughter. All her hairties and hairclips will also fit inside the tin too! Soooo excited about seeing this.ReplyCancel

    • Kirsty

      Now just to think of someone who buys baby formula!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca

    I use a brushed steel wine bucket (like they would use in a cafe – all the decoration comes from the headbands!ReplyCancel

  • Carmen

    You can also use old Milo tins.ReplyCancel

Girls Bedroom Makeover – Tweenifying Miss 10′s room

I have not made any dramatic changes to Miss 10′s room since she was 2.  I originally painted the wall pink, which was and still is her favourite colour.  Over the years we have changed the doona covers and added tid-bits to her desk and dresser.  But she is growing up too quickly before my […]

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  • Elizabeth

    This is a beautiful “makeover”. My little one is not quite up to this stage but I do need to update her desk. Where did you get your daughter’s desk?

    • Lisa

      Yes – I love the desk. Where did it come from?ReplyCancel

  • Lynette Kemeny

    wow, how do you keep that room so military ?? my daughter is 11 and I’ve been working on her room, but most of the time its a tip….but I like the lived in feeling, your DD’s would be nice with curtains to soften it up more.ReplyCancel

    • sadly she can’t have curtains, I agree they would really soften up the room. She has dust mite allergies and dust mites really love curtains, so blinds it is!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    I love this room!! Just wondered where you got her desk from?ReplyCancel

  • Renaye

    i reckon paint the wall teal, the pink will all pop and it will look AMAZING, be brave : )ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    My daughter has the exact same desk that we are updating the look of her room (she is 8) …. the desk came from
    :) ReplyCancel

  • Just Gorgeous.ReplyCancel

  • Teresak

    Very lovely

  • Alyce

    Gorgeous bedding!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Warren

    Loving the makeover so far! Great job Kat. Your daughter must be so happy.ReplyCancel

  • karen

    looking for inspiration for my tween and came across your room – beautiful – am de-desking mine and looking for some other special pieces but still not sure what exactly to “bling” the room…………any suggestions – I live in Nth Qld so trawling the net for stores for more variety? TIAReplyCancel

40+ Awesome Lego Storage Ideas

Yesterday on facebook I shared our Lego Storage for my sons room and then asked to see some of your Lego storage creations.  I can’t thank you all enough for sharing them with me and WOW there are some really fantastic ideas.  I have shared them all below.  These Lego Sorting Labels may help you too! […]

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  • jenny

    does everybody find that sorting by colour is the best way for kids to use. My kids seem to keep some sets in sistema clip lock containers, but we have an abundance of mixes stuff in an under bed box.ReplyCancel

    • Tess

      we found that not only colour is important – but more important seems to be size! My boys like to sort by colour and by size, it makes it easier to find the small pieces when building the complicated things apparently.ReplyCancel

    • Naomi Cartner

      I think size is more important than colour.ReplyCancel

    • I colour sorted all our lego a while back to find that my lego mad child ceased playing with the lego altogether! It seems his mind prefers the caos of a mixed tub and is inspired to create as he sifts through various lego. This being said we keep our various ranges sorted and clearly labeled in boxes ie, ‘city’ ‘ninjago’ ‘cars’ etc. A small display of lego only is all we allow as he is expected to do dusting himself (which he hates) and this also means minimum distraction when he’s getting ready for school or supposed to be doing chores. Also, in school holidays I allocate a space in the rumpus for him to set up his entire range into a LEGO CITY.ReplyCancel

  • My son has aspergers and he loves lego but gets overwhelmed when there is too much together in one box, and won’t play with it. I sorted his lego yesterday into the drawers just like you did and almost immediately he began to play with it again. “I love this idea Mummy,” he told me, “Can you also label the green blocks, alien blocks?” He was thrilled and I am too!ReplyCancel

  • We got the yellow lego table for christmas too … but it doesn’t hold much lego … only one of the stackable blue boxes …. and there is no lego mats on it …. If I had my time again I would be building one of these other brilliant ideas out of the ikea furniture instead of wasting $150 … lolReplyCancel

  • Paula Brodie

    We recently separated out our Lego into colours but removed the smaller special pieces that make some of the more special things out of the general Lego sets. I also left out all the wheels, windshields, seats and steering wheels. We found that the boys (4 & 3) were now creating more rather than just playing with the built things, it was great. Although our range has increased and needs a reorder with bigger boxes – but I’m waiting for the next round of birthdays before I do that!
    Also, I’ve been downloading and saving on our computer all the Lego manuals from the website so we have a back up if one goes missing or gets over used!ReplyCancel

  • love to see all these ideas for Lego storage. We currently just have the yellow lego holder which if not done up correctly opens when daughter drags it out (which is nearly everytime) with two boys on the way I am expecting that Lego will be everywhere!!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Lapthorne

    Perfect timing, my little man just had his birthday and got Lego galore. I need to get it organised ASAP before pieces go missingReplyCancel

    • Well there is quite a lot of inspiration here for you Amanda, please share your photo with us when your complete!!ReplyCancel

      • Amanda Lapthorne

        If I get completed LOL. I can be a little disorganised sometimes :) ReplyCancel

  • grace

    I sort them by the set in reseal bags and put them in the trofast drawers, I like the trofast, but wouldn’t have my kids use it as a worktop space, as they can’t put their legs under the trofast, which I think is bad for young backs, as they often sit for long periods working on their creations.ReplyCancel

    • You have a good point there Grace, Ikea do have some tabletops that could be added to top of the trofast creating a good work bench. I like the idea of sorting by set too :) ReplyCancel

  • Some great ideas!! We currently use the partitioned storage boxes (from Bunnings). Our sorting method is not as ordered as some but is working well. One box has five long areas so that one holds long skinny pieces sorted into roughly 5 colours. We have another box with assorted vehicle type things like wheels and windshields. Another box is just for people and people tools like brooms, swords, walkie-talkies etc and another has many small compartments which we sort the tiny 1×1 size pieces into by colour/thickness. I will try to get some photos.ReplyCancel

  • Helen Combs

    Love all of these ideas…. I downloaded all of the LEGO manuals from the LEGO website and put them on my Kindle. Now he uses the Kindle to build his sets. Works great!! Eliminates all those manuals that either rip apart or get lost. Saves space for LEGO’s too! I also downloaded the KREO and Mega Blocks manuals.ReplyCancel

    • That a great idea Helen, I didn’t realise you can download the Lego manuals. Might look into this myself.ReplyCancel

  • It seems we are in the minority, we sort by piece size, so we have a bin for the pieces that are 1×1, 2×1, add up to 3 or 4, flat, people, accessories etc.ReplyCancel

    • Michelle

      I’ve been looking into ways to organize our lego’s and have asked the kids their ideas. I think I will watch closely as they play, and the younger dumps them out more than the older. I agree with you though, Sara, this seems to be the most logical way to sort and I’ve really been considering this. Sorting by color looks really neat, but when you’re building and looking for certain sizes, it just seems to make more sense to sort by size and type. Still thinking….ReplyCancel

  • Also, the best tip I got on instructions, we have binders with the plastic sheets and that keeps them in order. ReplyCancel

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  • Sarah S.

    What a great resource of such wonderful ideas…there really isn’t a wrong way to store LEGOS…this proves that! :-) I was thrilled to share a link to your post on my blog today, thanks!


    • Thank you for sharing Sarah, I appreciate that. That’s right there is so many different ways, I also love the idea of sorting by creation.ReplyCancel

  • Kitwench

    I love the lego bags that double as playmats, and the various huge totes work really well too.
    I *wish* I’d thought of the bunk-lego space – keeps them off the floor!

    But with 3 kids now aged 25, 18 and 15 I have GOT to ask – were the photos of the dozens of trays and drawers perfectly sorted by color and type taken right after mom finished setting that system up?

    Because that would have lasted 10 MINUTES in our house,lol.

    Clean your room – and don’t forget to sort all your legos!

    • Yes my photos were taken after I organise it, but he has kept it really organised, it just needs a good dust every now and then. Actually makes packing up the lego easier because next time he knows where to find what he needs.ReplyCancel

  • Joyce B.

    As kids get older, sorting by color doesn’t work so well. Older kids have a lot of gray Legos. How do you sort a mass of gray Legos!? At that point, if you/they sort at all, it would be by function. Btw, kids do just fine with one big bin of Legos all dumped together, but it’s us moms who want it to look pretty and organized. Most of these “How to Sort Legos” posts are by moms of little kids.ReplyCancel

  • Martin

    How creative! My little kid loves Lego and I usually find them scattered all over the house and I have to pick them up before somebody steps on them and get hurt. He would often lose a lot of missing pieces. I try to tell him to keep it organized. I even set up a huge basket as storage in his wardrobe closet but he always forget to put them all there after every use. Maybe if I put up a separate drawer cabinet, he’ll be more encouraged to clean up.ReplyCancel

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  • Brian Manninen

    Hello, Does anyone know where the carts Sabine G added are from? The tall carts with clear trays?ReplyCancel

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  • Kellie Goldthorpe

    i can’t believe the size of some of these collections!ReplyCancel

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I wish I never bought desks for my kids bedrooms

A few years ago my eldest daughter asked for a desk for her room, it was her prep year in school and I thought it was a great idea as she loved to colour and draw and I imagined in the years to follow she could do her homework at her desk.  Her twin brother […]

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  • Lisa Uren

    I’ve 3 little people, a 5yr girl and a b/g set of 4yr old twins. We’ve bought them all desks to put in our dining room as they were constantly taking over my dining table with arts/crafts/letters etc. We bought a tiny desk for each of them, with one single drawer in it and it works a dream. I can see them from my kitchen bench which means I can be creating meals and monitoring what they are doing and interacting with them. In their “desk” space, we’ve also created a chart wall with ABC’s and 123 charts and put up a selection of their preschool photo’s. I am quite chuffed with this space, it works well in our tiny house :) and the bonus of having 3 desk chairs in the dining room is when we have guests round we have spare chairs for the dining table :P ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    I always found seks a bit of a waste as the girls (3 of them) always did their homework in a central area – the kitchen table when they were in the lower grades – and so the desk in their room became a gathering area for mess. But as high school came around I found a desk useful for time away from the hub bub of the rest of the house and to leave a task in progress somewhere away from the main part of the houseReplyCancel

  • Jo

    thats should be desks not seks (in my previous post)ReplyCancel

  • I had a desk as a child and I NEVER used it for homework. It was just somewhere for me to store more stuff. We had this desk in our spare room until recently when we had to convert the room into a nursery and I didn’t even consider giving it to my daughter (Miss 7). Her room is extremely well organised and I knew having this desk would just encourage her to keep more knick knacks – which I would hate!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Yes we have a desk and it just becomes a dumping ground for my 11 year old, and she doesn’t do her homework there either. She starts high school next year so I’m hoping she will use it properly (as it will be quieter than sitting at the dining table with her brother)..ReplyCancel

  • melcspice

    We are hoping to buy a house this year and plan to put in a study nook somewhere in the living area. My eldest has just started school, I’m studying as well and I have just bought a sewing machine to attempt some sewing. My kids also love to craft. So we thought one long desk would suit all these purposes. I’m thinking I’ll put cupboards or drawers underneath each end to store craft, sewing machine, study materials etc. As you said, I would prefer to be able to see them doing their homework/craft etc so I can help out when needed, and also so when I’m studying I can still see the kids.ReplyCancel

  • My children all have desks and they never really used them as we also did homework where I could help and keep an eye on what everyone was doing but in years 8 onwards they really need a place to keep all their private things and it also gives them an opportunity for some quiet time away from everyone else. I still see what’s happening with homework but it also gives me an opportunity to work with them one on one.ReplyCancel

  • melcspice

    Oh and yes, my desk in my room as a child was always a clutter collector. I’d just keep stuffing things in the drawers until they wouldn’t shut anymore! haha.ReplyCancel

  • Becci Sundberg

    I bought my eldest (now 17 in a couple of weeks) a desk for his 5th birthday. Was just a second hand one as that is all I could afford at the time. Was an old pine one (painted blue) with 4 drawers, no hutch. Was fabulous.
    We did homework at the kitchen table too, us mums all know how much easier that is at that time of night than running back and forth form kitchen to bedroom, but he used it heaps. He would sit and drawer and write all the time. He kept it pretty clean, with lots of reminders mind you. Every school holidays we would go through his drawers and remove a heap of stuff. But he was pretty good.
    We are now on the hunt for a desk for our 4 year old as a starting school present later in the year. I will definitely have drawers and would ideally like a hutch too. Need to head into Ikea and check out the Micke range, I like the look of them online but not sure what they are like in RL.ReplyCancel

  • Kate coetzee

    My children have desks in their rooms and they have used them all through high school. We found corner desks at Ikea that have shelves above them and doors on the front of them. That was the best decision ever! Desks are messy things! And kids who are working on projects or studying don’t want to pack away everything every day. This way, they just get to close the doors on them and their rooms look neat. Then they can tidy it up when the exam or project is over. It has worked really well for us. ReplyCancel

  • Gem

    My eldest has just started Preps and asked if he could have a desk in his room now. I said no to that, but after his first day I surprised him with his own desk and space in my home office. The room is off our lounge / dining so it is close enough to observe him while still letting him have some peace if its needed. ReplyCancel

  • Maree Weeks

    Love the built in book ends! Great idea!ReplyCancel

  • All my 4 had desks in their rooms and I only remember them to be a HUGE dumping ground for anything and everything. Throughout their high school years they may have used them from time to time. They each had their own computer in their rooms as well as laptops that were compulsory at their school from yr 5. It only encouraged them to be quite isolated and while they may have indicated they were studying, they weren’t! They are all bright so did well at school but my main concern is that it broke up our family talk and connectedness. All are at university now with only my youngest at home and she does her uni work at the dining table, insisting on total quiet so no tv for me while I’m getting dinner! She also asks me to ‘help’ her from time to time with her revision – anatomy & physiology names I can hardly pronounce! She says if she is in her room she won’t study as she will want to watch something on her laptop or catch up with friends on facebook. If I had my time over, I would not have desks in their rooms, nor would I have computers. Setting up an area in the house with separate desks and shelves would be my solution. They could help one another and it encourages them to put aside that time, which would increase as they get into the higher grades, and develop life long habits that can only be a benefit to whatever they intend to do with their lives.ReplyCancel

  • My son has a desk in his room. What a waste of money! He sits at the kitchen table to do his homework since my laptop is there where I can keep an eye on him. The desk? It’s strewn with Pokemon cards and cat hair. I hate that thing.ReplyCancel

  • Annwen

    We have just installed desks in our boys bedrooms because we have found that them doing homework at the kitchen table became difficult when one had to read out loud and the other was trying to write, or when there were distractions around. So far, the desks are working great. Ours are ones that are attached to the wall, and fold down when not in use, so they have been pre-warned that if they clutter up their desks, I will fold them down so they can’t.ReplyCancel

  • Sam-o

    No. Bedrooms are for sleeping. Desks are in the playroom and office.ReplyCancel

  • Megan Harrington

    Looks fantastic, and great to see a pic of your mum on the desk! ReplyCancel

  • Yermomma

    You could always put a cheap thin curtain rod with a cute kitschy fabric across one of the shelves to make it more “hide the stuff” friendly, too. Thanks for showing the before and after. I now realize I need to get my daughters’ small bookcase out of her room, too…it’s just collecting junk & is unneeded.ReplyCancel

  • Tamara McCann

    We needed to buy our 4 year old a new bed so decided on a cabin bunk for the added storage and it also has a pullout desk. At the moment it is pulled out halfway for her to use as a bedside table for her nightlight, stereo and drink. We thought this would be better than having a separate desk for when she is at school which would take up more room. The kids also have a craft table in their playroom.ReplyCancel

  • Jules

    I have a 22yr old at uni and a 17yr old in yr12. Both have had desks in their bedrooms since primary school, which have served multiple purposes through the years, including a dumping ground for junk, clothes etc. Our house is relatively small.. we had/have no office/study or playroom, so the kids did their homework mostly at the dining table in primary school, and now work in their bedrooms (sitting on their beds!) I would get desks again (with shelves and drawers).. Whilst not always used for their original purpose, they are handy for keeping books and assorted school ‘paraphernalia’ together.(rather than on the floor!! .. anyone else with a teenage daughter? :))ReplyCancel

  • naomi

    i don’t have a child old enough for a desk yet, but totally get how they can get messy, i had a desk as a child and similarly did not use it for homework as it was always too messy!ReplyCancel

  • We have a desk in the front of the house where homework is done. It makes so much more sense than in the bedroom!ReplyCancel

  • […] was my daughter’s room earlier this year, such a mess.  Read further about how I wish I never got her a desk for her room and to see after […]ReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    I have a whole spare room which eventually will be my sewing room, but am also considering making it part study space for my little man once he needs it. The room is quiet, bright and airy and I can cook tea and semi supervise while giving him space at the same time, perfect set upReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    I had a similar issue. I purchased a small desk, no drawers for homework. But I also sit with my son to do his homework at the dining table. The little desk in his room has become yet another surface for family members to stack stuff! Urghhh will I ever purge my house of clutter!!!ReplyCancel

  • Emily

    My son has recently started asking me for a desk in his room, I’m uncertain on if i should or shouldn’t, I originally never did because the bedroom is for sleeping and I know what he is like, he will make any excuse to sit up, that and he isn’t the tidiest and I dont wont it to be another thing for him to leave his messy mark on lol.

    On the other hand he does like to draw and colour so it would be nice for him to have his own set up and space.ReplyCancel

  • Monique (messpots)

    I think you’ve made some really helpful and valid points regarding the need for a desk at a young age. But the end result of the makeover is beautiful and I love the caddy! Will be getting one for myself!! :-) ReplyCancel

  • Jen

    When they get to high school they will still most likely do it at the kitchen table and the desk will become a dumping ground for everything and anything.ReplyCancel

  • willowtttee

    you could put storage under her bed some plastic boxes with wheels on them :) ReplyCancel

  • Infoxicating Lady

    My oldest girl (aged 11) has a desk in her room. It’s an old school desk that we bought when hubby was at uni. The local boarding school was updating the accommodation furniture, so we picked it up for the bargain price of $5.
    Retrospectively, it isn’t a great idea. She rarely does homework at it, and even though it has a lift up storage area, and shelves for books, it never gets used to store school stuffs.
    My other two girls (ages 8 and 6) don’t have a desk in their room – and I like it that way. Middle Girl is very distracted, and requires a _lot_ of help with homework – she’s ADD, ODD, dyslexic, and just generally off with the fairies. Youngest Girl is only just starting year 1 this year, so homework to date has been sight words and reading – something I’ve had to do with her anyway.ReplyCancel

  • Lirit

    My Miss 8 has had a desk in her room for about a year.. I say desk, but it is infact just a deep shelf built into the side of a chimney breast as her bedroom is only about a metre wider and longer than her bed (aside the extra 40cm ish depth of the tiny alcoves down the sides of the chimney – the other alcove has rails down it for her hanging clothes) Like others though, no mater how often I tidy it for her, it becomes a dump for clothes and junk mostly, but she isnt the tidiest of children.. How I would LOVE to know how to make the most of her room and give her the most practical and space efficient storage! I will not let Miss7 and Miss5 have a desk int he room they share, for the simple reason Miss 5 is notorious for drawing beyond the paper and over the table, walls, carpet etc if she is bored and left alone with a pen for too long….ReplyCancel

  • Meebeefee

    I too had desks with hutches on top in both of my children’s bedrooms thinking they would sit in there and do their homework, drawing, etc, but they just became “dumping” space, there was never any room to “work” at the desk (and both often did homework at the kitchen table). The drawers of the desks would often fill up with items from the desk working space when they were told to clean their room and left there when the items should have been thrown out. I took the desks out of their rooms, sold them and put cube shelving in the rooms, taking up less space and more effective for storage/display.ReplyCancel

  • Mumme Halfdozen

    I, too, regret buying desks for my childrens’ rooms. They dump everything on the desk and do their homework at the kitchen table or on the floor! I’m trying to convince hubby and the kids that we need to get rid of the desk and use a bookshelf or small cupboard in those spaces instead.ReplyCancel

  • Mich

    We made a decision not to have desks in bedrooms when our eldest was a toddler (we also don’t really have toys in their room) we asked a lot of friends who already had children, where their children worked and almost everyone said the dining table, at least until those last few years of school. We love it, our computer is attached to the tv so we can keep an eye on what is happening there too! Thanks for affirming our choice! ReplyCancel

  • Shelly

    My daughter has a vanity that was mine when I was little. I never kept it neat and used it like my mom had hoped either. Neither does my daughter, but I don’t really think it matters what furniture I get. I just don’t think she’ll keep it neat. lolReplyCancel

  • Kiki Pitman

    I grew up with a desk in my room and used it as a dumping ground. Knowing my daughter is quite like me I put the money into a great bookcase with blanket drawer instead. She occasionally does homework in her room on her bed (like I used to) but for the most part sits at the dining table to do it.ReplyCancel

  • Elce Maree

    beautiful! I had a corner desk and hutch growing up, it had lots of shelves and three drawers to keep all my school books and reading books all tidy, though it rarely was :) I LOVE this desk, it’s perfect! I also like the ones at Pottery Barn. My children are 2 and 4 this year so it’s a bit early for desks yet :) ReplyCancel

  • Nadine

    Whilst the kids where away for a week these holidays I tackled the bedrooms and GONE with the desks too we now have a little study corner set up in a kinda nothing area other then a bookcase works a lot better then the rooms and the rooms are sooooo clean well the kids have only been home for 4 days lolReplyCancel

  • Kylie Rogers

    We have the same issue here. I love that caddy though, awesome idea.ReplyCancel

  • Deb Horne

    No I don’t have a desk in my 2 younger boys (yr 2 and yr 4) rooms, and not sure why I do in my 13 yr old boys room either. I find no matter what age they are during school, they need to sit at the table for spelling, assignments, and other homework. We have a family computer where they all take turns at doing their computer related homework…and we check for tabs besides the one we can obviously see…usually games if we don’t check it. We also don’t let them spend their credits to buy stuff on the school programs until the weekend, just school work during the week and outside play. Mean, probably, but they are all doing well at school. I will continue to do this through high-school as well, my eldest is 22 now, and it’s one thing I regret not doing with him. He is doing well now (web designer), but it took him a long time to get to the place of study, now he sits in a clean area to do his studies and assignments, sometimes with the 3 younger boys. Good family time too – blessed mum of 6ReplyCancel

Lego Sorting and Organising Labels

I’m so pleased you all enjoyed the Lego sorting and organising posts that I shared last week.  Lego storage and organising ideas for a boys bedroom and more Lego Storage ideas As I mentioned each child and family like to store their Lego differently.  Either all together in a bucket, sorted by colour or by set. […]

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More Lego Storage Ideas

  There are so many different ways you can organise and store Lego.  Today I will share with you some more ideas to inspire you.  There are so many different storage ideas for Lego… boxes, tool chest or mats.  Have you seen the Brikbag?  Basically it’s a round fabric mat  with a string around the […]

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  • Snotface Stinkbum's Mum

    my friend has an old timber side table (similar height to the IKEA ones, but larger surface area) with a piece cut out in the centre trap-door style – it hides a supported basket/bucket to place all the lego in. another great idea my Dad had for my brother was to create a lego board – one piece of timber about the size of a door, a couple of handles on the edge, glue the lego boards to it, and it used to slide under his bed. we could build cities and leave them set up on the board, stored under the bed – it was awesome!

    • That sounds really cool, would love to see a photo if she doesn’t mind you sharing it JReplyCancel

    • Sharon

      that is awesome! Have to tell my hubby about that one! Good use of under the bed too!ReplyCancel

      • I designed a bit of an Ikea Hack and got my hubby to make it. I will share the photo with you.

  • JJ

    I love the tool box idea,

    • I think a toolbox would look really good in a boys room. Rough and tough JReplyCancel

  • We store each set made/or not in a zip lock bag (I have 12′x12′ for big ones) and then sort in draws according to type, eg hero factory, star wars etc.
    We also have a bag of assorted bits that have gotten seperated from their sets. Then everyone know where to look when a bit is missing.ReplyCancel

  • Nani

    I bought the Brick Bag for our girls in 1987! It’s still in daily use by my family day care kids and my grandson and its in perfect condition.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    Thanks for sharing the brikbag. I had something similar when I was a child for our lego and had been looking for my own children’s lego! I think storing it might be a problem though – you would probably have to hang it up which might take up a lot of space! ReplyCancel

  • virginie D.

    My favorite is the bag. I had one when I was younger. My mother did it herself. Few month ago, she did an another one for my kids… I have to admitt it’s easy to clean the room after we hang the bag…ReplyCancel

  • I love the little IKEA table with the lego boards stuck on!
    We just have 2 large sturdy plastic boxes – one for hero factory pieces and the other for ‘just lego’ pieces & for now they live side by side in Mr 6′s wardrobe and he opens the door, sits down and starts playing :) ReplyCancel

    • It’s a great idea isn’t it, perfect height for the little kids to stand and playReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    I use the containers from the napisan and washing pod containers :-)
    they stack nicely together as wellReplyCancel

  • Chantal

    Ikea’s Glis boxes are perfect for storing Legos. The large ones for bricks, the small ones for built sets like cars. Stack perfectly. I put stickers on the front with pictures of what’s in there, so the boys can play independently. Works really well so far.ReplyCancel

  • Chantal

    I never sort by color, but rather by size or type. It’s great to have the visual effect of sorting by color, but try finding a ’1′ brick in a box full of reds! Much easier to find a red in a box of ’1s’.ReplyCancel

    • I love that you said 1′s… that’s how we describe the different sizes too! :-D ReplyCancel

    • Amber

      My thoughts exactly. I’ve never understood sorting by color. We sort by type. “One bys”, “two bys”, wheels, technic, sloped pieces, plates, etc…ReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    I went to Masters and bought two closetmaid mini 6 cube units and fabric boxes. Found lego labels online- free printables- printed out and stuck them on with clear contact. They are sorted in colour + wheels, people and special bits. Works a treat. Its now in his room, stacked on top of each other on side of his desk against a wall.Son decided how he wanted them sorted. He can make on the desk and leave the mess right there! He is 9 so things that are created do not get packed away!ReplyCancel

  • Felicity Jorgensen

    My Dad purpose built a Lego storage box when we were kids (4 of us ) it has different sized sections for each sized bit. It has 3 levels and a lid. Each level can be placed out separately for play or stacked up to pack away. I agree with size sorting, much easier to find a colour in sizes than a size in colour. Will post photos after my next visit to the parental units house!ReplyCancel

  • This is an Ikea Trofast storage system. My husband bought some MDF from Bunnings he routed the outside edge to make it smooth and then sprayed it white. He then attached it to the top of the unit with screws. We actually use it as a craft table. Each of the draws has different things like colouring in books, paper, spaghetti tins hold pencils and texta’s, Stickers, etc. The kids love it. As the get taller we can add feet to the bottom.ReplyCancel

  • Coubay

    We have tried it all, sorting by type and size, sorting by colour and so on. My son’s collection is huge and they just inherited their Dad’s collection that his Mum had kept since he was a kid (a giant storage 100L container full), they already had enough to fill 1 and a half of those things.
    They can never find the bits for set A or set D so now we are putting each set together, placing it in a ziplock bag labelled with which set it is and then the different types go in a container together. A container of start wars, a container of city, a container of Atlantis and so on.
    It’s big job, wish we had never sorted by colour or type.
    Oh they are all kept in a white free standing pantry in a corner of the dining room, it also houses their big sister’s Home Schooling stuff on the second shelf (home schooled due to ill health), they have the bottom 2 shelves, the top shelf is for Mummy and Daddy’s stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Nicole

    My grandmother bought us a brick bag around 1980, which was used a lot. My 3 kids now have it, along with our old lego and they love it! The bag hangs in a corner of the lounge when not in use. The newer sets are stored in icecream containers inside one of those large wheeled storage boxes with a lid, slides into the bottom of the wardrobe when not in use. Lego is a fantastic timeless activity!ReplyCancel

  • Simone

    We have nothing to sort it out, it is pretty much all made up and he won’t break it up, I am running out of room to store it, have a Lego table, chest of drawers full of made stuff and the top of the tv cabinet in the kids room is covered…. don’t know what to do, any suggestions?ReplyCancel

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  • JJScraps

    I’m always looking for more Lego organizing ideas!! We sort by shape (i.e.; small blocks, single rows, studs, rods, etc.) but, these tables and drawers are perfect!

    you can see our lego organizing system here-

  • Michele Lents Moody

    We currently sort by color, but I’m considering changing. If you sort by shape, how many drawers do you need for that? I’m imagining all the different shapes and it seems like tons. Do you just group all the unique pieces together.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah

    We sort by type in a card catalog. It works great, and there were already label holders on the drawers!ReplyCancel

  • […] I’m so pleased you all enjoyed the Lego sorting and organising posts that I shared last week.  Lego storage and organising ideas for a boys bedroom and more Lego Storage ideas […]ReplyCancel

Lego storage and organising ideas for a boys bedroom

Like all boys my son loves his Lego, he loves to make and build all different creations.  Over the years he has received Lego for his birthday and Christmas so he now has quite the collection.  As soon as he receives a new Lego set he is really eager to build it.  However over time […]

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  • Love this – and so would my Lego mad son!ReplyCancel

  • MrsMcK85

    That is fantastic!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • This is awesome! My 7yr old is sitting next to me and said “we should do that mum!”, guess I should work on something similar now!ReplyCancel

  • I have done something similar, I will take a photo and share it if you like.ReplyCancel

  • Leanne

    its a great idea but is your son uber organised as well…mine would still manage to mix the pieces over time or do you check it regularly? Im not making fun but just wondering :) ReplyCancel

  • del king

    This is fantastic however in a completely Lego obsessed family (all of us – we received Lego as a wedding present!) we would need about 4 expedits to fit the completed structures in. I am working on a shelving system that will display creations to get them out of the study. We also have all the lego sorted in to colours, they are kept in a drawstring bag that opens out to make a play mat making it easier to clean up.ReplyCancel

  • Jackie Brown

    Love this, wish I had seen this idea when my kids were into Lego – at the moment it is in one huge box – may even do this and store in the garage for their kids. ReplyCancel

  • Una

    Oh I love that – I wish we had room in our kiddies bedroom for that, I’d so do it, we organised our pieces into colors once, but then it just got put back into the big tub, very cool indeed!ReplyCancel

  • Fantastic! My son already has a big expedit (a recent addition to his room), I think I will have to implement a few of your tips into it, TFS :) ReplyCancel

  • jo

    I have just finished displaying completed lego sets in my older boys’ rooms – looks great and they play with them more. I do have one problem though, they used to share a room and the loose lego was just stored in a tub in their room. Now they have separate rooms and I’m not sure what to do with that tub – divide in half or some sort of share arrangement? Suggestions anyone???? ReplyCancel

  • AWESOME :) so totally perfect for any boys room!!! well done! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Trish

    Great organisation Katrina . I love my expedit units too. ReplyCancel

  • Oh wow…this is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Nice idea, and
    would suit me to a T, but according to my 3 sons and my husband, more than half
    the fun is searching through a massive pile of Lego looking for THE piece that
    you need! If I tried that here (and i am speaking from the experience of trying
    something similar last year!) there would be a massive revolt! As long as i
    don’t find random pieces of Lego on the floor in the middle of the night with
    my bare feet, we’ve reached a mutually satisfying compromise – I don’t try to
    colour/ size code their Lego, and they pack it all away into several Lego Heads when asked. Otherwise,
    it stays spread out on an old train set table, where it provides hours of
    entertainment for at least a couple of the 5 kids every single day.ReplyCancel

    • I agree it really depends on the personality. My son get’s frustrated really easy when he can’t find a piece is more likely to stop playing.ReplyCancel

  • LinQ

    I would need 12 of these to store my boys Lego.ReplyCancel

  • You da BOMB! I LOVE this. My kids are total Lego freaks and I am always looking for new ideas to store them. Besides now I am so going to have to go to IKEA and buy and expedit….oh the suffering he he xxReplyCancel

  • Carmel

    I have done something similar, and my husband and son who were not at all convinced of the merits of colour sorting have now admitted that colour sorted Lego makes “free building” much easier….ReplyCancel

  • Awesome! My partner and I have a decent-sized collection of legos, and that red Expedit is just so perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Enid Bite'Em

    The complete answer to my 5-year-old’s lego problems!! (He and his dad have been sorting them into colours since he was 3, but alas!, we don’t have IKEA in Tasmania … I’ll have to shop around. Thanks for the idea).ReplyCancel

  • [...] I picked these up at my local Howards Storage World they were on display and used to sort Lego, brilliant idea as they are on wheels they can easily slide underneath the bed and be brought out [...]ReplyCancel

  • [...] created an organised space for Mr 9′s Lego.  There are also more Lego storage ideas [...]ReplyCancel

  • MamaLuv

    I luv it! I might have to incorporate some of this into my son’s storage now that he has more Lego’s.ReplyCancel

  • Looks great, but we find it easier to sort Lego into categories (tiny pieces; bricks; flat bricks; windows, doors & roof tiles; figurines & accessories; transport pieces etc etc)ReplyCancel

  • [...] on facebook I shared our Lego Storage for my sons room and then asked to see some of your Lego storage creations.  I can’t thank you all enough [...]ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Allan

    Such an *awesome* idea. (I personally love the color co-ordination. No such thing as too organised :P)

Budget friendly ideas for decorating a boys bedroom

Yesterday I shared with you how I painted the striped wall in Mr 9′s bedroom, today I will show you the finishing touches and how I decorated his bedroom at little expense. I like my kids bedrooms to be a place they love, feel safe and enjoy spending time in. When they were younger I […]

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  • Jac @ Common Chaos Chronicle

    I love using old calendars for images too. Sometimes I will just print out pictures as well. ReplyCancel

  • love the red bookcase!
    t-shirts are also great to use as wall art. esp if they have outgrown the size but the print is still loved.
    I use souvenir t-shirts or fabrics from overseas as art in my home – also stretched and stapled over a canvas.ReplyCancel

    • Georgi

      Genius! Thank u! Now I know what to do with old keepsake tees besides storing them in mothballs!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Utterly Organised

    The removable wall art stickers are amazing and don’t ruin the walls when you out-grow or get sick of the design. I love the striped walls.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    WoW! My 7 yo would adore that room. You have inspired me …ReplyCancel

  • Inspired...

    Thank you thank you thank you…. I have two panels to hang up and have not been too keen on sewing them… stapling them onto a canvas is so easy… Thank you Thank you Thank you for saving me hours of heartache!!! ReplyCancel

  • louhickey

    That looks fantastic! Well done! I was wondering what the green object under his bed is. My son keeps pushing things under his bed, accidentally or not, and there’s always a massive pile under there! I was wondering if you had any ideas (apart from buying a new bed with in-built storage drawers) to stop things from slipping under there…..ReplyCancel

    • s. davey

      to me it looks like a spare mattress or easy-fall mat (like they have in kinder gyms etc.) for if a friend is staying over.ReplyCancel