Clearing the Clutter

Well, the summer holidays are finally upon us and after a frantic end to the school year, we were all very much in need of a break. I have deliberately not rushed this week’s post as I had decided that I didn’t want to put pressure on myself while the children are at home. Having said that, I squeezed in a little project which I really wanted to share as I am so in love with it!!

Following my daughter’s birthday recently, there was the inevitable influx of gifts which she was, of course, delighted to receive. This situation always leads to a build up of things without a home, which leads to extra stuff lying around, which leads to a Mummy meltdown mess. I am always astounded by just how quickly the mess can build up in our little lady’s room. She is like an excited whirlwind tearing through the place and while I am always in awe of her boundless energy, there is a downside to it which drives us all just a little bit mad!! (Her Dad is always especially overjoyed to come home from work and find that he can no longer tell which colour her carpet is!)

So, with all these extra goodies lying around, we found ourselves here…

Stuff without a home - argh!!

Stuff without a home – argh!!

All these bits and pieces with no permanent home make me break out in a cold sweat. Something had to be done, and it had to be done quickly! Ella had received the make-up caddy as a gift which was great for providing a home to some of her clutter but clearly, more storage was needed! (And yes, those drawers are pretty much permanently hanging open!)

Fortunately, when trying to decide what to do with all her precious belongings, I had a lightbulb moment. I was trying to think where I could safely house all the little bits and pieces when I remembered a small IKEA chest which Ella had rescued from her late Grandad’s shed. She is a girl after my own heart and never could resist cute storage. She spotted a very neglected and cobweb covered set of IKEA ‘Moppe’ drawers…

I've borrowed this image from here as I forgot to take a 'before' pic in my excitement to get on with it!

I’ve borrowed this image from here as I forgot to take a ‘before’ pic in my excitement to get on with it!

When I remembered that these drawers were now hiding in our own shed, I dug them out straight away as I knew they would be the perfect solution to our clutter problem.

I gave the whole unit two coats of pale blue paint (the same one I used here) and I was really amazed how much better they looked. However, I had bigger plans for this little chest. Since Ella is so fond of leaving her dressing table drawers hanging open, I thought I may as well make them pretty on the inside as well as the outside! I found a couple of pretty rolls of wrapping paper I had left over from wrapping her birthday presents and measured the inside of one of the drawers to make a template from a plain piece of paper.

Template done - now to make things pretty

Template done – now to make things pretty

I then drew around the template on top of folded sheets of wrapping paper to cut inserts to size for each of the six drawers. I brushed a very thin layer of glue (so thin, it wasn’t even visible) to stick the paper onto the inside of each inner drawer face.

Drawer inserts

Look at those happy little drawers now! Who knew they could look so cute? Who in the world would care if one of these babies was left hanging open?!

Pretty as a picture!

Pretty as a picture!

And, as a finishing flourish and to avoid any possible excuses about not knowing what goes where (I hope she’s listening!) I turned to my old friend Martha….


And with a little help from some left over scraps of paper and my label machine…..every little piece of clutter found itself a home!


Shall we have a little look at the finished product in its new home? I just love this transformation! My favourite thing about it is that it didn’t cost me a penny as I had all the materials already in my stash. Win, win, win!

So much better (just need to get around to painting the dressing table now!)

So much better (just need to get around to painting the dressing table now!)


And do I care if these drawers are left open? Not really, but let’s not broadcast it eh?!


So, what are your thoughts? Was it worth the extra effort to line the drawers? I am hoping and praying that my gorgeous girly enjoys looking at those pretty papers so much, she will be only to keen to hide her clutter away. I can hope, yes? Anyone else out there been finding more appealing ways to encourage their kids to hide their clutter? I would love to hear about it!

I am actually going to take a few weeks off blogging to focus on family time over the summer but please feel free to check back on some of my previous posts and remember, I always love to hear about your decorating dramas – email me at

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    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks Stephanie, I love these little drawers, I was thinking of all the other areas of our home we could use them. Probably need to check out IKEA again soon!! Thanks for stopping by xx

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Thanks Caro, yes, I love these little updates that make a big difference. My daughter loved it and is doing her very best to fill it to the very brim with tat!! 🙂 😉

  1. mummyofboygirltwins says:

    WOW! How tidy! Come and make some for me?? Love this – so clever and pretty. Perfect for things with no home! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with #HomeEtc, we hope to see you again next week!

    Jess xx

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