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Organizing in the Boys’ Room

My two sons who are 10 years apart share a relatively small room. The oldest is a collector of things for sure. He tends to save everything. He also doesn’t want his 5 year old brother getting into his things, which I understand. So we bought the same type of shelves we have in my daughter’s room for their room, just in a different color.

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These are the ones in my daughter’s room.  When you are challenged for space, it’s good to think vertically.
So now the boys have lots of storage, and they tend to keep things up off the floor which I like.  However the shelves easily get into disarray because they keep everything and don’t like to get rid of anything.  Here is the before picture of their shelves.

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You can see the shelves are loaded and cluttered, and  driving me crazy!  We have company coming next week and two friends will be staying in the boys room, so of course that gave me the push to tackle the job. I had two sons interfering helping, and making sure I didn’t get rid of anything “important.”
I took the bigger toys to the basement play area, consolidated the books, scrounged up some additional bins from around the house, and threw out the trash.  After a GOOD dusting, here is what the shelves looked like afterwards.

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Much better! We bought these shelves as 4 sets of nine, and then my husband attached them together and to the wall. For us it was much more inexpensive than one solid unit, plus I was having trouble finding one the right size. I am happy with how it turned out; eventually I would like to purchase all matching bins, but for  now what I have works fine.

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Even though it is summer here, I wanted to show you a little tip on how I organize my family’s hats and gloves for the winter. I have tried several different methods, but this one has worked the best for us.  I purchased this vertical shoe bag, and it had just enough sections (ten) to give each one in our family a separate section for gloves and hats.

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I then took a sharpie marker and labeled all the way down, starting with my hubby’s gloves and hats on down to my youngest.

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It’s not frilly, but this has worked really well in keeping our coat closet organized.
Happy Organizing!