Contain Yourself! The Cutest Ways to Control Kiddie Clutter
Like death and taxes, one of life's immutable truths is that with kids, comes stuff. A lot of stuff. Stuff coming out of every nook, cranny, corner or crevice. Whether the gear is eco-recycled-hand-me-down or brand-spanking-outta-the-box new; whether it's educational, informational or just for fun—whatever it is, eventually it needs to be put away.
And for my part, instead of banging my head against the wall about how much junk there is, I've decided to let it be an opportunity to indulge myself in some stealth decorating. None of those bulky, boring, clear plastic storage tubs for me! Not when there are so many other options that help brighten up a room.
itso Polka Dot Bins: These brightly hued canvas bins are the perfect size for the popular Expedit series and are sturdy enough to withstand a lot of wear and tear. For $10 you can't beat the price.
Lovell Designs: I love the sophisticated patterns of these Canadian-made heavy-duty canvas bins, which come in a variety of sizes and some even have handles. Especially great to use in the living room, especially when you're trying to hold onto a modicum of "adult space" decor.
Garnet Hill's Round Wire Baskets: Call it farm chic or industrial-light or whatever-- but these utilitarian wire baskets are generously sized and are a great way to rein in a tangle of stuffed animals or any other odd-shaped toy. The fact that you can SEE everything inside is great for kids who want to keep an eye on their plush friends at all times.
3 Sprouts: With bins that are soft sided or hard, bedecked with animals from fox to owl to elephant (and more)--these felt-embellished designs are beyond adorable. I have one in my living room holding throw blankets, and another that wrangles toys.