So I got a call from my brother-in-law and he says to me “Laura help I’m in organizational distress!”. Actually I do believe his exacts words were “Laura help I’ve got organizational diarrhea!” but I so didn’t want to gross you out by using the word diarrhea so I totally wasn’t going to bring it up. Except it looks like I just did. Well it’s definitely fitting though don’t you think to compare clutter to diarrhea? After all diarrhea is gross and explosive and messy just like clutter so maybe it is totally appropriate after all.
Do you have the clutter runs? (sorry I couldn’t resist)
My brother-in-law apparently does, he told me so himself. So next week I’m flying to Ontario to help him with his clutter digestion problems. Okay okay so maybe I’m not flying there for that reason alone (although I am going to tell him that so he thinks I’m the best sister-in-law in the whole wide world!) since it does also happen to be my Granny’s 95th birthday while I’m there. NINETY-FIVE years young, crazy!!
So where were we? Oh yes, diarrhea. How many times do you think I can say that word in one post anyway? My sister and brother-in-law live in a tiny tiny house. Well they live in a big house but are kindly sharing the basement portion with my parents which only leaves them with the top floor to work with. When they first moved in and for the first couple of years (pre-kids) their living room space consisted of both a living room at one end and a formal dining room at the other. However once my darling nieces arrived the living room exploded with toys. They were everywhere, it was messy (just like diarrhea!). So they decided to turf the formal dining room table (seriously brilliant maneuver on their part, who needs two dining areas anyway?) and created a play space where the dining room used to be. The couch acts as a divider between the two rooms. I promise to show you all pictures when I get there.
So do you see where this is going? They’ve carved out the space for the toys but now need to maximize the potential of the space. And that’s where I come in! Even more exciting is my brother-in-law is giving me $500.00 to spend on the project, whoot! I love spending other people’s money and he apparently is ready to cure his runs once and for all. Poor guy, I don’t blame him, clutter runs can be so painful.
So in anticipation of all the fun we are going to have cleaning up their explosiveness, I started to do my homework ahead of time. To Dr. Google I went and sadly I got no assistance after typing in “what to do about organizational diarrhea?” and I’m pretty sure Pepto Bismal’s not going to fix this one.
So what we need here is a way to house some of the toys out of sight so a toy rotation can be put into place, store craft supplies which are currently taking up valuable kitchen space and in my brother-in-law’s words “make it look nice”. I can do that and after spending a bit of time on various websites I think I have found the perfect solution. Normally I’d recommend cubbies but they wanted it to look a little more grown up and wanted to keep little fingers out (they don’t want the girls just helping themselves. They do have another small organizer for the “toys in rotation”). Of course I haven’t even shared these ideas with them yet but they’ll read this post and tell me whether or not I need to continue to drink the pink stuff because I’m way off from curing any digestion instability.
I initially thought an armoire of some kind would be nice but since they already have a computer armoire in their living room I thought another piece of large and tall furniture would be too much. Remember the space isn’t that big. So I’m leaning towards a dresser of some kind although I have learned from experience that this can be a controversial topic. When I put a dresser in my old living room and posted about it, you people had some serious opinions in the no department. So I’m not going to call it a dresser this time, I’m going to call it a buffet. That sounds nice and totally appropriate for a dining room turned playroom don’t you think? :)
Here’s what I have in mind from Ikea:
Here is what I’m using for inspiration:
Isn’t that pretty? Then underneath the bottom shelf, I would love to add a curtain rod like this one below (also from Ikea) to hang the girl’s artwork.
So there you have it. Let’s review the cost:
2 Shelves: $40.00
I’ll need a few dollars for accessories and baskets but should have plenty of money left over. That way they can buy me a bigger Christmas present! Just kidding, my brother-in-law is a chef so I actually get paid in delicious and pretty plated food while I’m there. Yum! I can’t wait to see what they think of my suggestions. I’ll keep you posted on the outcome and whether or not it cures their organizational runs.
In the meantime you know I have to ask, do you suffer with your own organizational diarrhea?
PS: will you ever forgive me for mentioning the word diarrhea 10 times in one post?