This week I did a big declutter of our media nook. It was a catch-all area for all kinds of goofy items like toys, video games, our wireless router, and a lot of dust bunnies. We were using some old slip tables that had seen better days to keep our wireless router and DVD player out of the reach of incoming Hot Wheels cars.
Declutter and Organize the Media Nook
Our media nook thingy is in our family room, where we spend a lot of time. So, naturally, it gets messy quickly. The boys are pretty good about putting their toys away when I ask them to, but even when everything is cleaned up, this whole corner of our family room just looks awkward and messy. We didn’t have good storage for what we wanted to have in this area of our home.
I knew that what we had going on here wasn’t really working. We had a lot of stuff that we were using, like the toys, and the wireless router, but it was all on or close to the floor. I needed to find something to get all of the stuff off the floor, so I started searching for the perfect shelf.
You know, when you start searching for a piece of furniture, and you have specific ideas about how it should look and cost, it’s almost impossible to find it! I wanted to find a shelf for that small nook area, but it had to be tall, and it had to be pretty narrow in order to fit in the nook. It also had to be inexpensive.
Finally, I was able to find a shelf that met the criteria. I ordered it online, and it was shipped to our house. When it arrived, the munchkins helped me put it together. It was an easy project, thankfully, and we finished it in less than an hour (with multiple snack and potty breaks, of course).
Before we could start using this shelf in the nook, I had to clean everything out and do a massive declutter. Things that weren’t being used had to go. Other items needed to be moved to another place in the house. I did a serious de-trash of the area, and then scrubbed the floor. Because, let’s get real, I’m probably not going to take the shelf out again and clean the nook’s floor until we move out. Sorry to the clean freaks out there!
I also tried to round up some prettier containers to use on the shelves. We had several baskets around the house that were part of a matching set. I gathered them up, and then corralled a lot of our DVDs and toys into them. I also used them to store extra cords and things on the top shelves.
Truth be told, I’m not a huge fan of the storage bins we have on the bottom of the shelves. They are from the Dollar Tree, and they work just fine, but for something on display, I’d like to have it look a little prettier. But, whatever. The nook is looking way better than it was before, and having the toys on the bottom shelves makes them still accessible to the munchkins.
Overall, I’m happy with how the project turned out. The shelf ended up being an almost-perfect fit, and it’s been functional and useful for our family. Stay tuned to see what I did in the corner of our family room to maximize storage.
How do you organize random things like wireless routers and Hot Wheels? Any ideas for a way I could spiff up those brown storage bins on the bottom of the shelf?
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