The Boys’ Room, Before
I’m continuing to make slow but steady progress on the boys’ room. This week I finally merged the dressers into one. I blasted classic rock and purged underwear. Not a riveting day, but I got things done.
Since I don’t have much to share, I thought I would post a few before shots. The walls are the same color we painted shortly after moving in 7 years ago. It’s a warm, dark cocoa, and I hate it. I got compliments on it in real life–back when the room didn’t look like a dorm room waiting for campers–but I never liked it. The walls, the floors, the furniture: it’s Brown Town in there. The reason I chose the color was because I bought a powdery blue that turned pastel on the walls. I don’t have a problem with boys in pastels. I have a problem with pastels. They are almost colors, colors that can’t commit. If pastels were people, they’d have Peter Pan Complexes and pose Blythe dolls.
The brown was my safe pick, one I thought I would grow to like or quickly paint over. Neither happened. I will most likely paint the walls the same Garden Wall I have throughout the house. I asked the boys for their opinion, and Mikey asked for no change. Nico asked for blue and purple and orange, triggering simultaneous recoils from me and Mikey. Garden Wall it is, unless I can find something else. I’ve been looking, but so far nothing.
Again, this is the same little nightstand I had in Mikey’s nursery back at our first house. Nine years old from Target = expiration date passed. I’m looking for a petite dresser or a large nightstand with drawers to store pajamas.
The map is new, a special request from both the Mister and the boys. They love it. I did point out that it’s a bit too big, but they don’t care. They’re happy, so I’m happy. The dresser holds their advent calendars for this year. Lego and chocolate, a combination they are loving.
In the corner are items from the merge that never moved. I decided to take care of that corner, too.
The top two drawers of the dresser were Mikey’s junk drawers. I didn’t realize he was cleaning off the top of his dresser with one fell sweep until I opened the drawers a couple months back. I gave Mikey and Nico their own drawer and organized their socks and underwear for them. Organized means underwear are in a neat pile and socks are rolled and tossed in. Their undergarments are too tiny to fold or organize properly. Besides, I want them to put their clothing away, so the system needs to be something they can handle.
You’ll have to trust me that it looks presentable. I took pictures, but since they boys’ underwear are front and center, I felt weird about it.
Here’s that same corner tidied up. I rehung the mirror. It’s temporary, but it was better than storing it on the floor. The white hamper is for school uniforms.
And here is the pile of clothing heading off to Goodwill!
There is still so much left to do. I think I need to do a mood board for myself to get organized and stay focused. I have so many pins flying it’s ridiculous.
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