I did, however, tackle one very troublesome spot. More than a spot really -- my whole bedroom! I like my room to be serene, a place to get away from the chaos and bedlam, so I've painted it a calming color and try to keep it tidy, but recently we added yet another human being to the mix and sadly, there wasn't really anywhere to stuff him and his paraphernalia (cloth diapers, muslin blankets, baby legs!) besides our room. Last spring I went through a brief period of obsession about dressers, but quickly realized that we didn't really have room for a dresser, and not only that, someone was going to leave within a year and then we wouldn't really need the extra furniture. I won't go into the details of who might be leaving the nest, it's really just too sad to mention (or even contemplate for that matter). So, knowing in the back of my mind that we would really only have to get through one year I decided to just use baskets for the baby's clothes, diapers, burp rags, blankets, shoes, wipes, toys (whew! babies have a lot of c?!#) -- without remembering that although those things may be tiny and adorable, they still take up quite a bit of space and after a few weeks my bedroom was anything but tranquil and serene -- it looked a lot like a baby store had thrown up in there! What to do? My lovely next door neighbor is expecting a baby and she bought some storage with baskets from Ikea and is using the top for a changing table -- Hallelujah! I could practically feel the breeze from the angels flying above my head! It was exactly the thing for my conundrum and can be used in other parts of the house later.
She has one big shelf with eight openings, but I bought the two with four so that it can be more flexible later. They hold everything and I have never had a changing table before! I have always changed my babies' diapers on the floor, but I have gotten way too old for that kind of nonsense -- I can barely get all the way up by myself let alone while holding someone -- so that is an added luxury. I have dreamed up so many different ways of using it in the future I just might have to get some more.
I guess "they" were right -- putting everything in baskets! and hiding everything! really does work. Now if I can just find big enough baskets for the children. I've already labelled them.