I spent the weekend getting my girl and her room organized for another school year. I bet many of you were doing the same thing and gearing up for school to start back up as well. Bittersweet, right?! It’s challenging to organize kids and all of their little stuff!
Bella starts the 5th grade today (hold me now). I always try and stay one step ahead when it comes to keeping her and her room organized because no matter how much I try to do ahead of time, things will eventually get out of control. I guess my goal is to try and anticipate as much as I can. I only have one child and think about how insane it must get with you guys that have more than one!
As I was working in Bella’s room over the last few days, I realized that I never shared a post with you guys on the Ikea Billy bookshelves that we put in her room revamp back in April and what we did with them/why we choose them. They have really made a huge impact on keeping my girl and her room organized and I wanted to be sure and tell you guys more about what we did just in case you’re looking for some ideas.
I choose the Ikea Billy shelves after weeks of research because they are only 11 inches in depth! Bella does not have much room between her bed and the wall, so every inch of walking space counted. I couldn’t find anything else out there that narrow and that looked as good as the Billy. It’s also dirt cheap and I think after everything together (the added on doors and extra shelves) was under $300.00.
You can buy the Billy bookshelves in different components based on what you want (doors, glass, extra shelves, top extenders, lights, etc..) there are also multiple color choices available:
I went to the Houston Ikea to pick up all of two separate Billy components that we wanted and it took us very little time to assemble:
Because the Billy is so narrow, we toggle bolted it to the wall just to be safe and we attached the two units together right under the hidden base of the closed shelves below. It is a very sturdy piece for that depth but I still get nervous.
We painted the back inside of the shelves with Velvet Finishes paint, which the finish turned out so pretty! I mixed 75% Boheme with 25% Enchanting to get a rich gorgeous sea foam color. It only took two coats without a primer (I did use the Ready product for prep):
We wanted to tie in the sea foam green color we used throughout Bella’s room so all that hot pink and gold would pop:
The adjustable shelves are really important in kid spaces because their needs and stuff continue to change as they grow. You can really maximize space and that is precisely what we needed. We also drilled a hole right below the lamp down to bottom hidden shelves and cut a hole to the outlet behind the piece so we could have a small lamp:
I used small candy jars from Target that I spray painted the lids with Rustoleum Gold to help Bella keep her little stuff like jewelry, nail polish, lotions and other stuff organized:
We choose to add the door components to the Billy so we could close in a portion of the shelving to hid the clutter. I also loved the glass door option too and may use the Billy shelving with glass doors in another area of the house down the line.
This weekend, I reorganized the bottom part to create an enclosed “hidden” work station for all of Bella’s school supplies, files and stuff that did not all fit on her desk. Kirkland’s is having a 40-50% off sale right now on storage pieces and I was so excited to pick up all these fun Pink Ikat Storage pieces next to nothing:
The bottom shelves adjust as well for maximizing the space, which allows for more stuff (vicious cycle):
I cannot tell you how much this Billy has really helped us and there are so many creative ways to organize the piece to suit each child’s needs/hobbies, etc.. If you are looking for a solution for a narrow space, this is a great piece for the price to consider.
If you happened to miss all of the fun DIY projects that we did back in April in my girl’s room, you can find that post here. It’s probably my favorite project to date!
Thanks so much for stopping by!