As anybody with children knows, taking care of kids is messy, messy business. Literally. I feel like I live in a constant state of disorder, dirty clothes and amazingly beautiful chaos. My apartment is never completely clean, and when I finally get it to a state of all-most guest worthy cleanliness… my oldest daughter wakes up from her nap hell-bent on making sure it falls back into a state of grime and baby toys within half an hour.
Welcome to my life.
One way I have improved bringing order to chaos is wrangling in all of the girly hair accessories that we have strewn about. Sophie’s new favorite game is playing “hair” where she puts all the little clips and bows we own in mommy’s hair and taking them out again and then repeating the whole process over and over again. But now we have such an easy way of putting them all away in an orderly fashion that her second favorite game is now “clean up”, the sequel to “hair”.
To accomplish this, all I used was a stapler, a small canvas (purchased from Michaels ages ago) and ribbon from my scrap bin. This means that anyone could do this project without spending more than 10 beans. Here’s out it worked out:
I simply took my canvas and laid out a bunch ribbons over the top of it to figure out how I wanted to everything placed. Then I simply stapled the ends of the ribbon to the back of the canvas.
The wood on the canvas is so flimsy that I was able to use just your regular run-of-the-mill stapler and it worked just fine. Though the back looked pretty hideous, the front ended up looking nice and neat and put together.
Eventually I want to hang this canvas up on a photo wall in the girls’ room. So I chose soft teals, and yellows so that it would compliment the colors already in the room. Obviously you can pick whatever colors you wish, and if you’re planning on just using this to store the hair bows/clips and hiding it away in a drawer when it’s not being used then you could even use less showy materials like twine, rubber bands or yarn. Whatever you have lying around. I chose to make it look a little prettier so it would become a piece of artwork all on its own.
Here it is all stapled down. The thin outer string is great for small little clips, whereas the thick inner ribbon is better for hair bows, and large flower clips. Doesn’t look too shabby for a project that really cost me nothing out-of-pocket considering I already had all the materials for it on hand.
Here it is with a very small collection of hair clips. At this point it has over a dozen different hair accessories and sits on the dresser in the girls’ room. Once I finally put up all of the girls’ artwork then this will hang on the wall alongside everything else. I’ll be sure to post a picture once that happens! Until then, it’s just work overtime carrying all the lovely things that adorn my girls’ head. Did you know that someone asked me the other day how old my “son” was? Literally, pointed right at Sophie and asked how old “he” was. Seriously? Never leaving the house without a bow in her hair again.
What small projects have you all been working on? Any awesome ideas on how to wrangle up all kinds of baby clutter? Do tell! I’m always up for some new ideas to try!