Girl’s Room Organization + Update


Since we’ve been relegated to the indoors, my daughter and I decided to seize the day and tackle her bedroom.  I don’t blog about my kids’ rooms all that much, and this is why:

That’s right – a hot mess.  You’re probably thinking, “Didn’t she paint her room awhile back?”  Um, yes I did.  Last March to be exact.  But since this is more the normal look of her room than the exception, I haven’t shared the whole space.  Can you blame me?

For mothers of girls out there – do yours accumulate this much stuff?  Notice how it lines the perimeter of the room.  I break out in hives whenever I set foot in here.

So, I busted out of my comatose cabin fever state of mind, and dove in.  It was really nice, because unlike my teenage son, my daughter is actually interested in having a clean, organized and visually pleasing room.  Bonus!

It’s already looking so much better!  Our kids’ rooms are on the small side, so I’m finding that I need to really plan out their spaces more carefully in order to maximize storage and functionality.  It’s amazing how much larger a room can look when you pare it down to the essentials, and put an organization plan in place.  

My daughter was loving the look and feel of the room once we got it cleaned out and cleaned up.  You can breathe again!  The paint color is Benjamin Moore’s Buckingham Gardens.

That said, the room looked great, but the hallway looked like this:

Ridiculous, right?  So, we’ve been working our way through all of this stuff, and have a heap of clothes, toys and books to give to Goodwill, along with several trash bags of … well, trash.  We cleared out the clothes that no longer fit, and organized her drawers by clothing type.

I’m trying to rework her closet to make the most out of it and keep the clutter out of her room as much as possible.  It’s narrow, but deep, so a bit of a challenge in that respect.  But, I have a plan for that big blank wall on the left.

Remember this project from my master closet organizational rampage from last year?

I think one of these would do wonders for the organization of my daughter’s treasures, so we’ve gathered the supplies and are ready to get started.

We picked up some baskets and a new lamp, ala HomeGoods, to jazz things up in here too.

It’s perfect for a kid’s room, a great color and I love the texture.  I might have to go back and get a second one.

It’s coming together, but I have my eye on a new bed to free up some space in her room, but I don’t want to lose the extra bed space that we get with a full sized bed.  So, I’m looking into trundle beds.  I love that they allow for more floor space, but you don’t lose the sleeping space for guests or a giggly girl sleepover.

The built-in look of a daybed/trundle is one of my favorite looks, but we just don’t have a workable space for it.

Isn’t this fantastic?  So much storage and function!

This is another beauty.  And really, it looks like a tricked out daybed flanked with bookcases and an upholstered headboard.  I’m all for tricking things out.

But in reality, I’m thinking something more along these lines.  Maybe I’ll luck out and find one at the Ballard Outlet.

Ballard Designs – Camden Daybed w/trundle

Or this one from Pottery Barn Kids:

Madeline Daybed and Trundle

Again, I’m going to stalk the Pottery Barn Outlet – these beds are expensive!

But, until I land the deal I’m looking for, I’m happy with her room as it is now, in it’s semi-organized state.

Are you working some organizational magic while stuck inside this winter?  Do tell!  Any suggestions for managing all of the girl clutter?  I’m all ears!

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  • Reply
    Lisa @ Shine Your Light
    January 27, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    I love that fun green you chose for the walls Jenny!
    Two of my kids have trundles and we use them ALL the time….almost every weekend with the frequency of sleepovers at my house! Hannah is asking for a big (full or queen size) bed now that she is a teenager though, but I hate to give up her pretty twin bed! (So maybe don't spend a ton of $ on a twin trundle…your daughter might want her big bed back someday!)

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      January 27, 2014 at 6:03 pm

      My almost 13 year-old son is asking for a bigger bed (he has a twin), so I'm thinking I'll give him her full sized bed once I find a trundle that I like. Darn kids need to stop growing so much!

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    pam {simple details}
    January 27, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    What a bright fun room and I love the paint color, too! I used a trundle from Ikea for one of my client's daughters recently and they all LOVE it!! I need a closet intervention, the peg board looks like it could be a good solution for me, too! 🙂

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      January 27, 2014 at 6:02 pm

      What IKEA bed did you use Pam? I have been trolling IKEA, and the one that I love is one that looks like a trundle, but has drawers vs. a bed. Curious which one you used!

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    Cassie @ Primitive & Proper
    January 27, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    emmy's room is like that as well!!! stuff all over- love the pegboard idea and i think i may have to do that behind emmy's door! it's perfect.

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    Karen Fields
    January 28, 2014 at 1:06 am

    Looks like you have a wonderful room to work with. Kids rooms are always so fun to decorate and have a ball doing it. Good luck with this wonderful project!

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    Kristin Williams
    January 28, 2014 at 5:20 am

    I love knowing that my girls room is not the only one like that. Wish you would come organize for me, we need a serious intervention. The wall color is perfect, too. I always love the colors you choose!

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    Kris @ Driven by Décor
    January 28, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    I'm right there with you Jenny – there's a reason that my girls' rooms haven't appeared on my blog since moving! It seems like girls are often natural collectors (or at least mine are) and they end up with SO MUCH stuff in their rooms. I love your idea of the trundle bed – a great solution for a small bedroom. Crossing my fingers for you that you have some success at the outlets!

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    marty (A Stroll Thru Life)
    January 28, 2014 at 2:05 pm

    Sorry, I can't seem to type. I love her room and what fabulous bedding. So cheerful. Looks like you are getting a handle on things pretty well. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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    Ashley Jo
    January 28, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    Organization can make or break a house. I love what you've done with the place. Her closet is bigger than mine! Jealous. I can't wait to see it when it's all completed — a daybed would really do the trick.

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    Dante Storey
    January 29, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    Looking for the right bed style and design for your daughter’s room is really challenging. Good thing you had the chance to talk to her and discussed this with her. Somehow you’ll know her idea of what she likes for her room. But in my opinion, whatever your decision will be, it will come out good because looking at all of your inspirations, you definitely have good taste.

    Dante @

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