Having kids usually means toy clutter. I’m sure you can relate! I tend to have a lot of guests over and that doesn’t often bode well with toy clutter, which is why I have the rule, no toys downstairs. You know that my kids always 100 percent listen that rule right? HA! But there are easy solutions to hide the clutter at a moment’s notice. I’m a big supporter of storage ottomans and the nice people at f.h.e sent me one that matches the couch in my office.
What’s great about this ottoman is that I can fold the whole thing away when I don’t need it in less than 20 seconds and slip it under a couch if I have to. I also love the wipe off surface. I don’t have to worry too much about stains because the leather-like exterior can simply be wiped off.
Every now and again, I’ll also have a major sort out, where I throw away any large toys or pieces of furniture that can’t be donated to charity. If you’re thinking of doing the same sometime soon, why not rent a dumpster? It’s easier than you’d think to fill one of these – especially if you’re a hoarder!
Just last week I managed to throw away some of our old light fittings. They were well overdue an upgrade… I’ve already been looking at some exciting new electric barn light options from steellightingco.com – I love their traditional, rustic styles.
Back to furniture now though! My kids love to sit on the ottoman, so I love that it can support a weight of 200 pounds which means that I can also stand on it to close the blinds since I suffer from short person syndrome. I was happy to see that f.h.e. has a variety of other stylish storage options. Check out their shop because they make a lot more than these cube ottomans. Stylish storage solutions is a necessity since we as Americans tend to collect way too many things. I’m still in the process of getting rid of things and probably will be for quite some time.
I love hearing about the different ways people get rid of clutter. Sometimes, you just can’t bring yourself to throw things away though, especially furniture as you never know when it might come in useful again! I just spoke to our friends from Australia who are using a Self Storage Sydney facility by Holloway Storage to keep all their living room furniture in while they are renovating and shopping for new stuff. They have such a small house, there would just be no space for everything to go!
Anyway, since it’s been about a year since we had a playroom, I don’t really allow a lot of toys downstairs away from the bedrooms. I have a rule that the toys must stay in their rooms, but occasionally a few make their way downstairs. I’m okay with it, as long as it isn’t in abundance, which makes cleaning up after the toys, super easy. This 15 x 15 x 15 space is large enough for all those items and then some.
They make these ottomans in six different colors, from gray to black, white, red, taupe and brown. There’s also other sizes and even ottomans with prints. You can check those out here: http://www.thefhegroup.com/Furniture
So at the end of the day, the kids can take those items in the ottoman back up to their rooms where they belong. This makes us all happy and my OCD self doesn’t have to be such a nagging parent.
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