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The holidays are coming and I’m already practicing my best fa-la-la and jingle bells. The holidays make me feel nostalgic, warm, and they’re always filled with anticipation of seeing family and friends I’ve gone far too long without laying my eyes on. In our blended family, we have plenty of relatives who pay their visits and bring their best cuddles for the kiddos. I’ve found over the years that transforming a little boy’s bedroom into a guest oasis is easier than one would think. Creating a space that feels adult-like and less like a ninja turtle could be stowed away in the covers makes my guests feel welcomed and at ease during the holidays so they can spend more time cuddling and less time digging super heroes out from their sheets.
This holiday season, I prepped with supplies from my local Big Lots to transform my son, Collin’s, bedroom into a guest sanctuary. I purchased a bedding set reserved only for my guests that I can swap out with his brightly colored bed clothing. I picked up a scented candle. We all know October is an ode to all things pumpkin, so naturally I went with a Yankee Candle in pumpkin scent. And perhaps the biggest change and upgrade was a brand new bookshelf to store Collin’s little library and toys away from sight. Now the room can be transformed with just a few quick armfuls of toys placed in their new little bins.
And yes, even his stinky boy closet got organized and ready for the holidays. In a grand adventure one evening, Collin and his brother managed to totally demolish his original bookshelf. They worked off the expense with yard work and plenty of weed pulling (little do they know I got the new one at Big Lots at a great deal). While they worked to buy a new shelf, Collin’s entire library had to be stored up in his closet, keeping most of his books well out of reach. He also previously was using one of my old craft racks as shoe storage and had a laundry bin that had no handles left on it after years of use had cracked them off one by one. It wasn’t really a place I felt would say, “Welcome to our home. Come as you are. Stay as long as you want.” Instead, it said more of, “This is where we keep broken home goods and stinky socks. Oh, and kids don’t need to read. Read schmead. Books are much better used out of reach.”
Thankfully, I was able to grab everything I needed to tackle Collin’s closet at Big Lots without going over my budget. I got an actual shoe rack to corral his shoes, a new laundry basket that actually functions, and a coat rack for the inside door of his closet. The books were finally removed from closet jail and placed neatly in their new bookshelf home along with the pumpkin candle. The coat hanger now keeps coats and hats off of the floor while also giving guests somewhere to hang towels, belts, or anything they need. The closet now feel strangely empty. In a great way because that means there is plenty of space for guests to be able to make themselves right at home. Big Lots has everything I need for organization projects like this one. Plus, they’re employees are the most helpful! One of the gentleman who was working there when I purchased my new bookshelf even wheeled it out to my car and loaded it for me. From a new bookshelf to a scented candle, they’ve got all my needs covered (even snacks!) this holiday season.