The first order of business: Ava's room. Ava has a cute room. Not to toot my own horn, but we've done some pretty adorable things in her little nook. But, the one eye sore in her room has been THIS:
We got it when she was a baby to organize her toys. Back then, her toy collection was substantially smaller. Now, well, she could open her own toy store and stay in business for at least a year. It's insane how many toys this kid has. This little storage unit, thingy-ma-bob was nice back then. I've made attempts to keep it organized. I labeled each bin: puzzles, princesses, animals, music, etc. Yet somehow each bin amasses a mish-mash of toys, crayons and who knows what else. So, I had to find a solution. I started by making drawstring bags for her toys. She picked out the fabric and decided what would go in each: princesses, dress-up, games, music, animals, characters, etc. The good news? In the process, we got rid of ALOT of toys. I love to purge! But, the big storage thingy was still annoying me. Then, I came across this little gem while perusing good ol' DI one day.
Ugly, I know. But it was $4 and I had visions of grandeur. With a little fabric, mod podge, vinyl and ribbon it became this:
I still need to add a few embellishments and Andy is building a little cushion seat lid to put on top, which I'll upholster with coordinating fabric.
While I'm posting, I also made this fun little dress for Ava. I need to take it in a little, it's a tad wider than I would have liked, but she LOOOOOVES it!
So, this is how I prepare for our move. I craft. I organize and reorganize. I purge. Next on my list? An Easter tie and a summer hat for the little dude and drawstring bags for his toys. Our movers are going to LOVE packing my kids' rooms!