DIY – How to build a Children’s Bookshelf Manger

This post was originally shared by Nick on The Sawdust Maker.
See my other post on Bookshelves and Nursery Design ideas for more ideas.

As a parent, there are several times that I find myself dumbfounded by messes.  For instance… nobody is going to tell you that there will be lots and lots of books.  You can count on your child receiving books as birthday presents, from their doctor/dentist, from school, ETC! And before you know it, the books begin to propagate… having little baby books of their own. And then you are buried alive. In books.

Such was the case for us. The books were getting out of hand; and yet the girls loved to read… which is a good problem, right?  Insert super organized mommy and VOILA, solution!

Beth asked If there was a way that I could make a bookshelf easily allowing the girls to have access to them, both to get and put AWAY. She had found this inspiration on Pinterest, but didn’t love the $150 pricetag. So we decided to build it together!

Children's Book Manger { The Sawdust Maker }

I got to it and started going to town on the drawing board. This is what I came up with.

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Diaper Pail – Which one is the best?


Diaper Pail Line Up (from left to right): Safety 1st Simple Step, Diaper Dekor Plus, Diaper Genie Elite, Diaper Genie Essentials, Munchkin Arm & Hammer Diaper Pail, Diaper Champ Credit: BabyGearLab Staff

One thing that every new parent quickly becomes familiar with is changing diapers. Which of course leads naturally to the question, “where do I put this poopy-diaper?”

Pleasantly, until your little newborn pooper starts eating solid foods (typically at 4-6 months age), the stink-factor remains relatively mild. But, a new dawn arrives when junior starts eating solids and suddenly what was a mild smell issue at the diaper changing table becomes a full-on stink-a-torium.

This is where a specially designed diaper pail comes into play. Continue reading

The 9 Habits of People Who Never Have to Clean Their Homes

House-CleaningJealous of people who live in immaculate homes? A maid isn’t needed, just some better habits. Here’s how to make sure your house stays neat every day.

1. They Put Away Their Clothes Every Night

When you’re changing into your pajamas, it might be tempting to just toss your clothes on a chair or even on the floor, but don’t fall prey to that lazy trap. It takes a couple of seconds to put them in your laundry hamper or return them to your closet. You’ll be thankful that you won’t have to spend extra time rounding up stray socks all over your room when it’s laundry day. Same could be said when you’re trying on an outfit or when you’ve just finished doing your laundry. Continue reading

DIY – Nursery Room Bookshelves

You could build this great shelving unit in the nursery to hold those wonderful nursery rhymes or just anywhere in the house that you need it. As beautiful and complicated as it looks, it really won’t take you long at all to put it together and you don’t need as many supplies as you may think. You will need about five 10 foot boards and another five 6 foot boards, or however long you want them, really. This is a gorgeous shelving unit that covers an entire wall and you can make it as wide or as thin as you want. Imagine having a place to keep all of those books organized!

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