From the word go as a parent I’ve wondered how to go about decorating the way I like while integrating all the gear that comes with kids. While I know that IKEA gets a bad rap for being really cheap, it has saved my hide time and again when it comes to decorating. Especially in small spaces, and with children. Not many companies are conscious of children in their design, but IKEA is, and I love them for it.
Take for example, my study. It’s the first room people see when they enter my home and it’s my office as well as being the main play area for my children. It wasn’t my idea to design it this way, but I’m trying to make the best of it. And that means that I get to hang out with my kids at the epicenter of activity in our home while I’m working. This has been a bit of a challenge as far as storage goes, and the best solution I’ve found is using these bins from IKEA. Sure they’re not the prettiest, but they’re indestructible, they fit almost any space, and they were literally .99 cents when I bought them. They may have gone up to $1.49, but they’re worth the extra .50 cents, trust me.
Here are the bookshelves in my study. The pretty decorations, special books, and other things not to be touched by the kids go up high, and everything on the bottom two shelves belongs to the children. It’s a fair compromise.
I’ve labeled the bins so I know where everything goes. Vehicles, train set, Lego’s, etc. I could put photos on them, but I guarantee they’d be ripped off by day two. So I made it simple and put labels. The kids know where everything goes.
See? Vehicles. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.