Friday, September 20, 2013

A toy shelf transformation

I don't know about you, but since having kids, toys having taken over the house. While I love the creativity our toys fuel in our kids, I really hate how much work they are.

We've had these IKEA Expedit shelves for several years and in our last house, they were very functional. Since moving to this house a few months ago, I've felt overrun and overwhelmed with toys. The shelves were not being used to their full potential.  The other issue is that the storage bins I had for them were old, too small and falling apart. 

I headed to IKEA to pick up 4 new bins. Since the hubs hates wicker and I know they will take a beating, I settled on the wipeable cloth like $5 bins. And since this is is our living room, I opted for the white over the lime green and pumpkin orange ;-) 

Here is what it looked like with the new bins:

Now, what I didn't like was the lack of depth and definition of what exactly was in those bins. Miss Martha Stewart to the rescue...I snagged some of her chalkboard labels and slapped those lovelies on there! 

Here the bins are now:

Throw in a couple new chicken wire baskets up top to hold a few books and the iPads and this is one happier mama with a prettier, more organized toy shelf! I will change out the blue and pink bins once I find something else but they work for now. 

This post brought to you courtesy of the kid pick up line at school ;-)  Have a great weekend!


  1. That's awesome! Where did you find the chicken wire baskets??

    1. I got them at michaels...they had burlap liners but I pulled those out.