Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Bringing Some Upstairs, Downstairs

I love organization and simplification!  But storage in this old house (and it seems all old houses around here) is sparse.  

So, needless-to-say, I also love all variety's of "Rubbermaid"-type tubs, boxes, towers and drawers...and oh the drawers!  I have 9 of these all over my house.  I use them in my tall closets (for things not used often like dress-up clothes), in my school room (for supplies, educational games, workbooks), and in the kitchen (for pot holders, towels, recipe books).

I also have one special tower of drawers tucked next to the refridgerator in my kitchen, designated for my boys. 

Their room is "waaaaay" upstairs.  So in order to avoid countless trips up and down the CREEKY stairs (which I try to definetly avoid during the early morning and nap time--for my sleeping babes), I have brought a bit of the upstairs...downstairs! 

This has been wonderful for me because right now I try to leave the door to the upstairs closed because of my curious, crawling, climbing Liberty JoySo the less trips upstairs, the better!

 With one boy potty training, another boy encountering too many "accidents" during the day, and all three of them loving mud, gravel and puddles, we usually have a couple of outfit changes during the day.  So to make that a little more simple for me, I gave them each a drawer downstairs. 

It's their responsiblity to keep their drawer "stocked" with extra shorts, shirts and undies.  They also use their drawers to put important "treasures" that they don't want to forget to play with after naps, or the next day! 

It saves me some hassle, helps things running smoothly and keeps things a little more simple around here...which I always need!

This post is also linked to Real Clean Wednesday and Works For Me Wednesday.

And if you hop over HERE to I Dream Of Clean (host of Real Clean Wednesday), she's having a fabulous giveaway for a cleaning tote...my dream come true!!  I could finally say goodbye to my tupperware bowl that holds my random supplies!  :)

5 comments:

Christine (iDreamofClean) said...

I'm really diggin this idea! Although I don't currently have more than one level, I may one day. You are so smart. Oh, and giving the kids the responsibility of keeping the drawers stocked is fantastic!

Heather said...

Thanks, I'll keep this in mind when I move to a two story house over the summer!

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croleyc69 said...

Great idea and I did that when we used to have a upstairs. I kept things in the downstairs closet so I didn't have to run up there all the time. I like your idea of having the kids help out.
Caroline

laurapeery said...

Grace I really wish you were closer to remind me of these good ideas when the time comes for me to need this kind of help! Keep posting, because I'm reading for sure. And then I feel like you're kind of here :)

*Mirage* said...

I think more rubbermaid thingies is just what my house needs. It's old too and very very short on the storage space. Did people 150 years ago not have STUFF to put in their closets? Lol!

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