Parents often warn of the stress, responsibility, and financial obligations that come along with having kids, but what they rarely tell you about is all the stuff. While kids are born into this world with nothing, it doesn't stay that way for long. In fact, at my sister's baby shower last December, she received not one, not two, but THREE infant-sized bathrobes. Even for a baby, that's a lot of spa days.
If you're a parent, you've probably felt the strain of your kid's belongings before. Maybe you used to be the hippest person in your friend group, but now there are piles of tiny shoes clogging up your entryway. And that's only the beginning. So, what happened? As kids grow, so do their interests, books, and art projects. A space that worked great as a playroom for toddlers may begin to feel crowded a lot sooner than you anticipated.
Jen, from "i heart organizing," was facing this problem when she came up with a unique solution using two IKEA bookshelves and some old fabric. The idea, however, didn't come to her overnight. Jen considered buying a couch, a settee, or a daybed before deciding to transform a bookcase into a bench instead. Sure, it sounds a little crazy, but we think you'll be convinced once you see the results.