Thankfully, after much trial & error, I have now become quite good at keeping the amount of toys my kids have paired down. (Excuse me, while I pat myself on the back.) Don't get me wrong, we still have a lot of stuff... We have four kids for cryin out loud! We have no choice. We are out numbered! But I still don't want my house to look like it is overflowing with kids items!
So the solution??? Use storage that conceals! Storage that doesn't look like it's holding toys, crayons & whatever else! This of course, doesn't apply to only kid stuff.
And while your budget may be small, there are still ways to succeed! I suggest looking at yardsales, thrift store, clearance items and my favorite is of course FREE!!! Free items can be received on Freecycle.org, Craigslist.com, or on the side of the road, especially on trash days!
Here are some of the things I have come up with for storage at little to no cost:
This is my dining room. It is actually a dresser, but I like it here! It works great to display things on. I picked this up for FREE from Freecycle.
You can see I have the drawers filled with my china, teapots, cookbooks & seasonal decorations & candles. In the other drawers I have some kitchen linens & extra picture frames. All the functions of a china cabinet, but smaller & FREE.
This is my front room. Actually one of my favorite decorated rooms. That dresser was hideous & dated when we got it, again for FREE from Freecycle. But my hubby sanded, refinished, stained & put on new hardware. I love it! And the wicker basket I bought from TJ-Maxx for less than $20.
This dresser is actually for the kids art & game storage. Each drawer has a separate purpose... Play-doh, cards, crafts, coloring books, workbooks, crayons, etc.
This is a toy box, but from the outside you can't tell it is holding all of my youngest son's goodies!
This is a sitting area in my living room.
This ottoman is also another toy box of Isaac's. I bought it from the thrift store for $10. I plan to recover it one day. Should be simple enough to do with some fabric & a staple gun!
This is also in my living room, on my back wall behind my couch. This was also FREE from Freecycle.
In this armoire, I have a shelf for my husbands baseball cards & comic books, a shelf for billing info & important papers and a shelf for my husbands school papers. Isn't this so much nicer looking than a filing cabinet?
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