Yes folks, I'm talking about my daughter. She has the fortunate (or unfortunate, depending on your view) pleasure of living with me, an organizer. I have a need for things to be in their place. I need the sense of calm when I walk into a space. I think everyone needs a degree of that as well, and sometimes it takes a while to figure out what your needs are.
My little lady has been in this room since her little brother was on his way and she needed to move to a big girl bed. Being a decorator, I chose to paint the room a soft neutral and allowed all the textiles in the room be the pops of colour. I made her a duvet cover to work with some great ready made drapery panels from IKEA. I added the carpet, also an IKEA find. I'm a thrifty person, working on a very limited budget. Knowing that, I was able to use previously loved furniture in this space.
The bookcase, that was in our kitchen at our previous house, has been in here since the beginning. As the years go by, the books get placed higher and higher, allowing more storage for bins and baskets.
All this moving furniture in and out of her room means I have put more than a few holes in the wall, hanging art and magnetic boards. At one point, I made a wall of 4 Ikea magnetic boards. I thought it would be a great way for her to showcase her creations. In no time, it was covered and began to look like a mess. I kept trying to edit it, but in the end this is where understanding your client comes in.
|Her little space|
- She likes a clean room and is a master of making her bed.
- When I ask her to tidy up, she would rather take it all and shove it under the bed so I can't see it instead of finding it's proper place.
- She likes to keep EVERY SINGLE THING SHE HAS MADE. This one is a tough one for me. You can keep SOME things, but not all things. Otherwise you don't honor how special some of your pieces are. This is also why the magnet boards didn't work. I'm trying to teach her this now, so she isn't on some freak Hoarding show in 20 years.
- She needs places to put things or they will all end up on her desk or dresser.
- Like most people, she gets frustrated when she can't find something. Thus her need for the organization.
She has one wall where we will tape up artwork. This makes it not look so messy. I tried the blue tacky stuff to hang the posters, but it doesn't stand up to the ceiling fan current. The thought of using paint to turn the whole wall into a magnet board crossed my mind, but then we'd run into the messy wall again. Not going to do that!
|Her artwork wall|
Enjoy your spaces and above all...find your organizational balance.