what’s working: our new dress-up corner!

by eringoodman on November 19, 2008

in nurturing creativity, what's working!

We have long enjoyed our extensive collection of dress-up clothes, many of which were handed-down to us by neighbors and friends or acquired via freecycle. The storing of these treasured items, however, has been a bit of a challenge.

We began with a cardboard box, which quickly expanded to a small wooden trunk, and at some point early this fall, I finally realized that our collection was in desperate need of some organization help.

One day last month, while Lily was at preschool, I invited Quinn to join me in a little project, which immediately sent him running for our step-ladder and his toy hammer.

I don’t know a whole lot about power tools and home repairs, but growing up with a dad who can, and does, fix anything and everything, I have picked up a few skills along the way.

So Quinn and I set to work drilling holes and hanging various hooks and an old pub mirror that has been collecting dust for years to create our new, and MUCH improved, dress-up corner!

Like just about everything else in our cozy house, it is in our living room. And I realize that by many standards it would not be considered pretty or neat enough for the main living space, but for me it epitomizes the fun and creative house I have always dreamed of sharing with our children, and it is really working for our family…

To read about things that are working for other families, pop over to Rocks in My Dryer and check out “Works for Me Wednesday.”

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Jacquelyn@Because I Said So! November 19, 2008 at 5:22 pm

Bravo for you to have the guts to work a drill and not spend a day and a half measuring first! And for putting nails into the wood railings! My ex would have had a stroke if I’d done that. Your two are so cute. My forst two are 18 months apart and dressing up was HUGE for them—we have two huge trunks of princess and sorcerer, Jasmine and knights and policemen and movie star stuff. My daughter, 17 now, won’t allow any FreeCycling of them though, she’s saving them for her kids!

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Terri November 22, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Great idea! I have also been looking for a solution to the overflowing dress up box! Just this morning I growled at it (once again) because it was in my way when I tried to open Kate’s closet door. lol!

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